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How much does a California contractor bond cost?

California contractor bond premiums start at $99 annually. All California contractor bond costs are subject to underwriting, so the price you'll pay for your California contractor bond depends on a review of your personal credit report.

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How do I get a California contractor license bond?

You can apply for your California contractor license bond online 24/7 through our safe and secure online application portal. You'll need to indicate the California contractor bond type you need. Once your payment is received, your official bond documents will be delivered to your email.

How fast can I get a contractor license bond?

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to offer free quotes and deliver official California contractor bonds faster than any other surety provider. Quote approvals and invoices are often provided same-day during business hours.

If you have any questions about the California contractor license bond process or your application, call 1 (800) 308-4358 to speak with one of our friendly surety experts.

Bond Type
$15,000Contractor License Bond
$15,000-$150,000Contractor Disciplinary Bond
$12,500Qualifying Individual Bond
$25,000Farm Labor Contractor Bond
$1,000-$100,000Foreign Labor Contractor Bond
$10,000-$20,000City of Palos Verdes Estates Contractor Bond

Who regulates California contractor licensing?

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) establishes and enforces statewide license and surety bond requirements for licensed contractors working in California.

What is a contractor license bond?

Contractors in California must post $15,000 surety bonds. By posting a contractor's bond, principals (contractors) agree to comply with the provisions of Division 3, Chapter 9 of the Business and Professions Code for their contractors license. The bond protects consumers from financial loss up to the full bond amount if the contractor or contracting company fails to comply with California law as outlined in the terms of the surety bond agreement.

These bonds remain in full force and effect until canceled. The surety can cancel the bond in accordance with the provisions of Sections 996.310 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

The applicant's license or application number and classification(s) are required for underwriting. Apply for your free bond quote now!

For additional California contractors license information, visit the Contractors State License Board website.

What is a qualifying individual bond?

Some contractors must post $12,500 qualifying individual bonds prior to conducting business within the state. Qualifying individual bonds are a separate California contractors bond type. The qualifying individual could be the owner of the company or an employee the California Contractors State License Board wants licensed and bonded separately.

For more information about qualifying individual requirements, visit the California Contractors State License Board website.

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What is a contractor disciplinary bond?

The CSLB requires certain contractors to post contractor disciplinary bonds before performing construction work within the state. These bonds are required on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should verify their required bond amount with the state before applying.

Applicants should be prepared to explain why the disciplinary bond is required. The contractor's license number and classification(s) are required for underwriting.

For more information about this bond type, visit the California Contractors State License Board website.

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What is a farm labor contractor bond?

The Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Standards Enforcement requires farm labor contractors to post $25,000 surety bonds.

By posting a farm labor contractor bond in California, principals (contractors) pledge to comply with the provisions of Chapter 3, Part 6, Division 2 of the Labor Code of the State Code of California. If the principal fails to comply with these terms, he or she agrees to pay all damages suffered by any person harmed by the violation(s).

California farm labor contractor bonds remain in full force and effect throughout all succeeding license periods unless terminated or canceled. The labor commissioner can terminate the bond at any time by giving written notice of termination to the surety. The surety can terminate the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to both the state and the labor commissioner. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the commissioner receives the notice.

For licensing information, visit the California's Department of Industrial Relations website.

Take the first step toward becoming licensed by requesting a free quote on your California contractor bond now!

Need a surety bond for a construction project?

Payment bonds and performance bonds are often required for specific construction projects. No matter the state, SuretyBonds.com can get you the bond you need for your next job.

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