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California Surety Bonds

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Types of Surety Bonds in California

There are three typical cases in which you may need a surety bond in the state of California:

  • If you want to get a professional license as an auto dealer, contractor, or mortgage broker, among others, you’ll need to get a commercial bond (also known as a license bond).
  • To participate in many public and private construction projects, you’ll have to get contract bonds for your contracting business.
  • A court may require you to get a court bond to appeal a ruling or to be appointed as another person’s guardian.

Looking for a specific surety bond? Check out the table below to quickly identify it and apply online for a free quote.

Find Your California Surety Bond

We offer all types of surety bonds in all 50 states. If you can't find your bond in the table below, select "General business license or permit bond (not listed otherwise)" and start your application.
Freight Broker Bond (BMC-84) N/A FMCSA Apply Now
General license & permit bond (not listed) N/A N/A Apply Now
Agricultural (Non-Livestock) Bond SURETY BOND / PRODUCE DEALERS ACT Department of Food & Agriculture Apply Now
Contractor License (No P&P Language) Bond Public Works Bond (Sonoma County Department) Sonoma Count PRMD Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Waste Collector's Performance Bond City of Los Angeles - Environmental Affairs Dept Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Contractor's Bond Contractors State License Board Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Bond of Qualifying Individual CSLB Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Company Registration Structual Pest Control Board Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Sewer/Storm Drain Connectin Bond City of Los Angeles Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Farm Labor Contractor Bond Dept of Industrial Relations Apply Now
Check Sellers Bond Check Sellers Bond CA Commissioner of Business Oversight Apply Now
Debt Consolidators Bond Credit Services Organization Attorney General's Office Apply Now
Professional Fund Raisers Bond Commercial Fundraiser for Charitable Purposes Bond Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond Bond of Public Insurance Adjuster State of California Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond Insurance Adjuster Bond Producer Licensing Bureau Apply Now
Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond Bond for Insurance Broker Producer Licensing Bureau Apply Now
Insurance Surplus Lines Brokers Bond Bond of Surplus Line Broker State of California - Dept of Ins Apply Now
Insurance Surplus Lines Brokers Bond Bond of Special Lines' Surplus Line Broker Producer Licensing Bureau Apply Now
Mortgage Broker (1st & 2nd Mortgages) Bond Mortgage Broker Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Apply Now
Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond Finance Lender Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Apply Now
Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond Residential Mortgage Lender and-or Servicer Bond Commissioner of Corporations, Dept of Corporations Apply Now
Small Loan Companies Bond Deferred Deposit Transaction Law Licensee Department Of Corporations Apply Now
Title Insurance Agents & Escrow Officers Bond Escrow Licensee California Department of Corporations Apply Now
Defective Title Bond Motor Vehicles Ownership Bond State of California Dept of Motor Vehicles Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond Retail Dealer Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licens Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond Wholesale Dealer Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licens Apply Now
Self-Insurers & Financial Responsibility Bond Financial Responsibility Bond CA DMV Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (Used Only, No New) Bond Retail Dealer Department of Motor Vehicles - Occupational Licens Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Business Partner Automation Registration Operations Division Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond REGISTRATION SERVICE SURETY BOND California Registration Operations Division Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Vehicle Verifier State of California DMV Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Commercial Requester Account State of California DMV Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Yacht and Ship Broker Bond California Department of Boating and Waterways Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond IRP Bonded Web User Bond Department Of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Div. Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond Professional Club and Promoter's Bond State Athletic Commission Apply Now
Auctioneers (Other than Livestock) Bond Auctioneer/Auction Company California Secretary of Sate Apply Now
Employment Agencies Bond Employment Counseling Service California Secretary of State Apply Now
Employment Agencies Bond Employment Agencies CA Secretary of the State Apply Now
Nursing Homes Bond Health and Human Services Agency CA Health & Human Services Apply Now
Nursing Homes Bond Health Facility Bond CA Dept of Public Health Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Wholesaler or Nonresident Wholesaler Surety Bond State Board of Pharmacy Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Company Registration Bond Structural Pest Control Board Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pharmacy Wholesaler or Non-Resident Wholesaler California State Board of Pharmacy Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Legal Document Assistant California Secretary of State Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Talent Agency Department of Industrial Relations Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond (National City, CA) Pawn Broker Bond City of National City Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Immigration Consultants California Secretary of State Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Fee-Related Talent Service Bond CA Dept of Industrial Relations Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Contract Postal Unit USPS Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Car Wash Department of Industrial Relations Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pawnbrokers Department of Justice- Second Hand Dealer Pawn Bro Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Adoption Facilitator Dept of Social Services-Adoptions Support Unit Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Waste Tire Hauler California Integrated Waste Management Board Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Mobile Car Wash State of California DMV Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Foreclosure Consultant Bond Secretary of State Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pawnbroker RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond State of California, Public Utilities Commission Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Cemetary Broker Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pawnbroker Department of Justice Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Waste Hauler Bond County Santiation Districts of Los Angeles Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Franchise Registration Bond Department of Corporations Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Tax Preparer Bond Tax Education Council Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pawnbroker Bond City of Newport Beach, CA Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Cargo Shipper's Agent Bond Producer Licensing Bureau Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Pest Control Business Licensees Bond State of Califonia, Department of Pesticide Regula Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Parking Occupancy Tax Collection Bond City of Los Angeles - Office of Finance Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Driving School Owner or ATV Safety Training Org Pr Department of Motor Vehicles Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Home Study Traffic School Traffic Violator School Monitoring Division - LA Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Traffic Violator School (TVS) Owner Department of Motor Vehicles Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond TRAFFIC VIOLATOR SCHOOL (TVS) OWNER BOND Department of Motor Vehicles Apply Now
Travel Agencies Bond Seller of Travel Surety Bond Dept. of Justice, Seller of Travel Program Apply Now
Travel Agencies Bond Seller of Travel Discount Programs Bond Secretary Of State Apply Now
Cigar/Cigarette & Tobacco Tax Bond Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Bond State of California Dept of Equalization Apply Now
Cigar/Cigarette & Tobacco Tax Bond Tobacco Manufacturer and Importer Bond CA Office of the Attonrey General Apply Now
Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond Diesel Fuel Supplier Bond California Board of Equalization Apply Now
Miscellaneous Taxes Bond Parking Tax Collection City and County of San Francisco Apply Now
Sales, Use & Consumer Tax Bond Bond of Seller State Board of Equalization Apply Now
Sales, Use & Consumer Tax Bond User of Fuel Bond State Board Of Equalization Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond SURETY BOND / BILL GUARANTY PG&E Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Public Utilities Commission Public Utilities Commission Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Edison Company Southern California Edison Company Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Southern California Gas Company Bond Southern California Gas Company Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond SDGE Utility Deposit Bond SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Sacramento Municipal Utility District Bond Sacramento Municipal Utility District Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Modesto Irrigation District Utility Deposit Bond Modesto Irrigation District Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond SCEC Utility Deposit Bond Southern California Edison Company Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Southwest Gas Corporation Utility Bond Southwest Gas Corporation Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond City of Los Angeles Utility Bond Department of Water and Power Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Electric Service Provider Bond California Public Utilities Commission Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Telephone Corporation Bond (CPUC) Public Utilities Commission of California Apply Now
Financial Guarantee (All Other) Bond Disposal Payment Bond Allied Waste Transfer Services of California, LLC Apply Now
Auctioneer's (Net Proceeds Meet Amount) Bond Auctioneer/Auction Company Bond California Secretary of State Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond District Council of Iron Workers CA District Council Of Iron Workers Apply Now
Money Transmitter Bond Money Order, Money Gram, Buypay Bond PNB Remittance Center, Inc. Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond Telephonic Seller Bond Attorney General's Office Apply Now
Non-Construction Performance Bond CPUC Performance Bond CA Public Utilites Commission Apply Now

If you need more information about California surety bond requirements, just call us at (877)-514-5146 to speak with our bonding experts.

How to Get a California Surety Bond?

To get bonded, just follow these three straightforward steps:

Apply Online

Complete our easy online application with basic details about the bond you need and your details as an applicant.

Get a Bond Rate

We’ll look for the top bonding option through our large surety partner network. You’ll then receive your free, no-obligations quote.

Buy Your Bond

The last step of the process is to pay your bond premium. Then we’ll email your bond straight away. You can also get a paper copy if you need it.

Our in-depth How to Get Bonded guide is an excellent resource if you want to learn more about the bonding process.

Want to know how the bond pricing is set? Don’t miss our How Much Does a Surety Bond Cost? guide.

Most Popular Surety Bonds in California

Most Popular Surety Bonds in California

Auto Dealer Bond

To get a California dealer license from the state Department of Motor Vehicles, you’ll need a $10,000 or $50,000 surety bond, depending on the type of motor vehicles you’d like to sell.

Contractor License Bond

California contractors have to provide a $15,000 bond to obtain a license from the Contractors State License Board.

Mortgage Broker Bond

California mortgage brokers who want to work with lenders licensed under the California Finance Lenders Law have to obtain a $25,000 to get their license from the Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

Auctioneer Bond

The California Secretary of State requires auctioneer companies to post a $20,000 surety bond.

Money Transmitter Bond

If you want to sell or issue payment instruments or stored value as a money transmitter in California, you’ll need a bond between $500,000 and $2 million. To receive money for transmission, you’ll need a bond between $250,000 and $7 million.

Credit Services Organization Bond

To register with the California Department of Justice as a credit services organization, you’ll need to post a $100,000 bond.

Immigration Consultant Bond

California immigration consultants have to get a $10,000 surety bond to obtain a license from the Secretary of State.

Insurance Broker Bond

Insurance brokers in California need a $10,000 bond to get licensed with the state Department of Insurance.

Public Adjuster Bond

California public adjusters have to get a license from the state Department of Insurance and post a $20,000 bond.

Telemarketing Bond

If you want to start a telemarketing business in California, you’ll need a $100,000 bond for obtaining a license from the state Attorney General’s Office.

Talent Agency Bond

Talent agents in the state need a $50,000 bond as a part of their licensing process with the Department of Industrial Relations.

Can I Get a California Surety Bond with Bad Credit?

Applicants with financial problems have a more difficult time getting bonded.

Lance Surety Bonds’ bad credit surety bonds program is designed to provide you with a bonding option if you’re struggling with a low credit score or other financial issues. Due to the higher bonding risk, the rates you can expect are slightly higher - between 5%-15% of the required bond amount. The program, however, is a great way to get the bond you need.

Additional Resources

If you want to get a professional license in California, here are our licensing guides for the most common fields:

City-level Bonding Requirements

Choose your city from the list below if you wish to learn more about its bonding requirements. For an overview of all bonds in the state, keep reading.

About Us

Lance Surety Bonds
Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based surety bond agency that offers bonding at competitive rates in all 50 states. Established in 2010, our company has grown to become one of the top online bond producers in the country. Working exclusively with A-rated and T-listed bonding companies gives us the confidence to offer a 100% money-back guarantee. read more