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How much does a California contractor bond cost?

California contractor bond premiums start at $100 annually and vary depending on your needed license and bond type. Your personal contractor bond premium will be provided after a quick application review. Apply now to get your free quote! 

How do I get a California contractor license bond?

You can apply for your California contractor license bond online 24/7. Simply select which California contractor bond type you need and provide your license type and license number. After your payment is received, your bonding confirmation will be delivered to your email.

How fast can I get a contractor license bond in California?

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. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically issued and delivered same-day.

If you have questions about the California contractor bond or your application, call 1 (800) 308-4358 to speak with a friendly surety expert. We're here to guide you through the bonding process so you can get back to running your business.

Bond Type
$25,000Contractor License Bond New $25,000 bond amount effective 1/1/23
$25,000-$150,000Contractor Disciplinary Bond
$25,000Qualifying Individual Contractor BondNew $25,000 bond amount effective 1/1/23
$25,000Farm Labor Contractor Bond
$1,000-$100,000Foreign Labor Contractor Bond
$10,000-$20,000City of Palos Verdes Estates Contractor Bond

What is a California contractor license bond?

California Business and Professions Code Sections 7071.6 and 7071.8 requires individuals file a $25,000 surety bond as part of the state's contractor licensing process. By filing this contractor's bond, the contractor or contracting company agrees to operate their business according to regulatory California law. If they fail to do so, the surety company will pay valid claims up to the full $25,000 bond amount, which the bonded contractor or contracting company must then reimburse.

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 the state. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) manages licensing and bonding requirements for the state's farm and foreign labor industries. Local regulatory agencies, such as city or county licensing departments, might also enforce their own additional license and bond requirements.

Why do you need a California contractor license bond?

California contractor bonds are required by various regulatory licensing authorities in the state. Exact surety bond requirements vary depending on the specific license type needed. The standard $25,000 California contractor license bond is required by the CSLB as a part of its statewide licensing requirements.

What are the requirements for a contractor license bond in California?

To apply for the CSLB's contractor license bond, existing contractors must provide their license number. New contractors who do not have an existing license number will provide their application number. Applicants must also provide their license classification type.

When did the California contractor license bond amount increase to $25,000?

Effective January 1, 2023, the CSLB contractor license bond and qualifying individual bond amounts increased to $25,000. This change was passed as a part of California Senate Bill 607, which was signed into law September 28, 2021. For more information on how this change affects you and your CSLB license, contact your surety provider.

Learn more about the California contractor license bond increase effective January 1, 2023.

How do contractors file bonds with the California CSLB?

If the CSLB requires you to purchase and file a surety bond, your surety provider will file it for you directly with the CSLB on your behalf. Contractors do not file their own surety bonds with the CSLB.

What is a qualifying individual bond?

Some contractors must file $25,000 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 a construction company or an employee the California Contractors State License Board wants licensed and bonded separately for some reason.

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

What is a contractor disciplinary bond?

The CSLB requires certain contractors to file contractor disciplinary bonds before performing construction work within the state. These bonds are required on a case-by-case basis. Contractors 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 contractor disciplinary bonds, visit the California Contractors State License Board website.

What is a farm labor contractor bond?

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

By filing 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, they agree to pay 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.

For more information on farm labor contractor licensing, visit the California's Department of Industrial Relations website.

How do I update or change the information on my contractor bond form?

If the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) or Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires you to update information on your bond form, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from SuretyBonds.com, email [email protected] to explain the needed change.

The most common changes for California contractor bonds include:

  • updating an individual contractor's name to match their professional licensing
  • updating the address for the individual contractor and/or their associated business
  • updating the license number
  • updating the license type

How do I renew my contractor bond in California?

California contractor bonds must be renewed whenever the current term expires, which varies depending on when a contractor purchased and filed their original bond. If your original bond was issued and filed by SuretyBonds.com, we will provide you with renewal instructions after you pay your renewal invoice.

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.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert