Important Changes Effective January 1st, 2016
California License Bond Requirement Increased from $12,500 to $15,000
Effective January 1st, 2016, the California contractors license bond requirement has been increased from $12,500 to $15,000 per Senate Bill 467, among other new provisions.
Contractors License Bonding – Simplified
Get A FREE Contractors License Bond Quote Online In Minutes
The contractors license bonding process in California can be a frustrating experience when things don’t go smoothly. With this in mind, we’ve worked hard to simplify the bonding process by providing instant online quotes for contractor bonds without having to fill out dozens of paper applications. The process is simple to complete and only takes a few minutes. Getting a quote is free and there is no obligation to purchase. Contractors that are happy with their quote can complete their purchase online when they’re ready and we’ll file their license bond with the CSLB for free. Have questions or would rather work with an agent? Give us a call and our friendly staff would be happy to assist you.
Contractors License Bond Requirements
The Contractors State License Board requires all licensed California contractors to obtain a $15,000 license bond, or bond equivalent as a condition for being licensed. The bond is for the benefit of a contractors employees or customers if they are financially harmed as a result of a contractors actions. Depending on how a contractor is organized, a bond of qualifying individual may also be required. In addition, contractors organized as an LLC will also require a $100,000 LLC bond in addition to a $15,000 license bond.
How Do Contractors License Bonds Work?
A contractors license bond for California is a type of commercial surety bond that is a three party contract between the contractor (the principle), the entity requiring the bond called the obligee (The State of California – Contractors State License Board) and the surety (the insurance company writing the bond). If a contractors customer or his employees are financially harmed as a result of a state law violation as outlined in the California Business and Professions Code, then a bond payout may occur. However, before a surety makes a payout on a bond, they will investigate any claim and its validity. If a payout does occur, a contractor is responsible for repaying the surety the amount of the bond claim plus legal expenses, unlike insurance.
Have Other License Bonding Questions?
Call Us At 1-800-682-1552 To Speak With A License Bond Specialist or Visit Our Frequently Asked Questions Page
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$15,000 License Bond