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Ohio Surety Bonds

Complete Guide to getting Bonded in Ohio

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Types of Surety Bonds in Ohio

There are three main types of surety bonds you may need in Ohio. They are:

  • You’ll need a commercial bond (also known as a license bond) if you want to get a business license in the state to start an auto dealership, contracting company, mortgage brokerage, and many more.

  • You’ll have to get contract bonds to participate in certain public and private construction projects as a contractor.

  • You may need a court bond to appeal a court’s ruling or if you become the guardian of another person.

Want to find out your specific bond? You can locate it quickly in the table below and apply online for your free quote. Need further details about the Ohio surety bond requirements? You can speak with our bonding experts by calling us at (877)-514-5146.

Find Your Ohio 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.
Market Agencies/Dealers Bond Auction Firm Bond Argicultural Department Apply Now
Contractor License (No P&P Language) Bond City of Reynoldsburg Contractors Registration Bond The City of Reynoldsburg Building Division Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Contractor License/Registration Bond Form City of Columbus Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond City of Cleveland Contractor's Bond City of Cleveland Dept of Building Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Contractor's Bond, City of University Heights City of University Heights Building Department Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Electrical Contractor's Bond Trumbal County Electrical Department Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Dayton & Montgomery County Plumbing Bond Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (Local) Bond Contractor License Bond (City of North Canton, OH) City of North Canton Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Installer of Manufactured Homes Dept of Development, Building services Division Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Concrete Contractor Bond (Village of Covington, OH Ohio - Village Of Covington Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Sewage Treatment Systems Service Provider Bond ODH Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) B Ohio Department of Health Apply Now
Debt Consolidators Bond Credit Service Organization Bond Ohio Dept of Commerce Div of Fin Inst Apply Now
Professional Fund Raisers Bond Bond for Professional Colicitor and Fund Raising C Ohio Attorney General - Charitable Law Section Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond Public Insurance Adjuster Ohio Superintendent of Insurance Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond Electronic Individual Public Insurance Adjuster Department of Insurance, Licensing Division Apply Now
Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond Insurance Broker Dept of Insurance Apply Now
Insurance Surplus Lines Brokers Bond Ohio Specific Surplus Lines Broker Bond Ohio Department of Insurance Apply Now
Mortgage Broker (1st & 2nd Mortgages) Bond Mortgage Broker Act Superintendent of Financial Institutions Apply Now
Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond OHIO MORTGAGE BROKER ACT Superintendent of Financial Institutions Apply Now
Title Insurance Agents & Escrow Officers Bond Title Agent Bond Department of Insurance Apply Now
Defective Title Bond Motor Vehicle Title Defect Consumer Protection Section Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Deputy Registrar Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Motor Vehi Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond Athletic Commission OH Athletic Commission Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Tough Person Promot Ohio Athletic Commission Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond Athlete Agent Bond OH Athletic Commission Apply Now
Nursing Homes Bond Nursing Homes Bond Director of the Ohio Department of Human Services Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Precious Metals Dealers State of Ohio Department of Commerce Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Brine Transporation System $15K Ohio Dept of Natural Resources Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Commercial Dog Breeder Bond Dept. of Agriculture Div. of Animal Health Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Solid Waste Facility or Scrap Tire Transporter Bon Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Board of Cosmetology Ohio State Board of Cosmetology Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Surety Bond of Driving School State of Ohio Driving School Bond Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Department of Public Safety Driving School OH Dept of Public Safety Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Private Driving Training School Bond Ohio Department of Public Safety Apply Now
Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond Dealer in Motor Vehicle Fuel Department of Taxation Apply Now
Grain & Commodity (State License & Warehouse) Bond Agricultural Commodity Handler Bond Ohio Department of Agriculture Apply Now
Turnpike/Bridge Toll Bond Turnpike Use Bond (OTIC) Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commision Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond AEP In Lieu of Cash Deposit Bond American Electric Power Apply Now
Concessionaires Bond Performance Bond ODNR Div of Parks and Recreation Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Wages & Fringe Benefits Local Union #32 IBEW Lima OH Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Fringe Bond International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Secure Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Bond Local Union No. 24 Sheet Metal Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Contractor Wage and Fringe Benefit Bond Northern Ohio PMC, INC. Apply Now
Wages & Fringe Benefits Bond Wage & Fringe Benefit Bond (Plumbers & Steamfitter Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 42 Apply Now
Lottery Bond Lottery Sales Retailer Ohio Lottery Commission Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond Bond for Professional Solicitor Charitable Law Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond Telephone Solicitor Ohio Attorney General Apply Now

Questions about Surety Bonds in Ohio

The bonding process is straightforward and consists of three steps:

Apply For Your Bond

First, you can fill out our simple online application. You’ll have to provide some basic details, but completing the form is easy and quick.

Get a Bond Rate

When we get your application, we’ll search for the best rate for you using our extensive network of surety partners. Then we’ll send you a free, no-obligations quote.

Buy Your Bond

Finally, you’ll just need to pay the bond premium to complete the process. We’ll send you the bond via email, but you can also request a paper copy, if you need one.

For more details about the way bonding works, you can consult our detailed How to Get Bonded guide.

If you want to learn about bond pricing, you can review our How Much Does a Surety Bond Cost? guide.


If you have a low credit score or face other financial difficulties, it may be more difficult to get bonded because the risk for the bond provider is higher.

At Lance Surety Bonds, we operate our bad credit surety bonds program to give an option to applicants struggling with financial issues. The rates are a bit higher due to the increased bonding risk - in the range of 5%-15% of the total amount. Still, this is a great way to get the bond you need at the best rate.

Most Popular Surety Bonds in Ohio

Auto Dealer Bond

Auto dealers in Ohio need a $250,000 bond to get a license from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Contractor License Bond

Some cities in Ohio require contractors to get bonded. You’ll need a $25,000 contractor license bond to get licensed in the City of Columbus and in the City Cleveland, for example.

Mortgage Broker Bond

Mortgage brokers in Ohio have to get a bond between $50,000 and $150,000, depending on their exact mortgage activities and aggregate loan amount of residential mortgage loans originated in the previous calendar year

Auctioneer Bond

To get an Ohio auctioneer license, you’ll need to post a $25,000 bond.

Title Agent Bond

Title insurance agencies in Ohio have to get a license from the state Department of Insurance. As a part of this process, they have to post a $150,000 bond.

Money Transmitter Bond

Money transmitters in Ohio need a $300,000 bond to get a license from the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions.

Credit Services Organization Bond

If you want to get a credit services organization license in Ohio, you’ll need to provide a $50,000 surety bond.

Telemarketing Bond

Telephone solicitors in Ohio need a $50,000 surety bond to get a certificate of registration from the state Attorney General’s Office.

Surplus Lines Broker Bond

If you want to start a surplus line brokership in Ohio, you’ll have to get a $25,000 bond.

Lottery Bond

To become a lottery retail agent in Ohio, you’ll need to post a $15,000 bond.

Additional Resources

Do you need a specific professional license in Ohio?

You can consult our licensing guides for a complete overview of the process:

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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