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California Farm Labor Contractor Bond

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How much does a farm labor contractor bond cost in California?

California farm labor contractor bond costs start at $250 for the state-required 1-year term. Your exact premium will be provided after a quick application review. Apply now to get your free, personal surety bond quote! 

How do I apply for a California farm labor contractor bond? 

You can apply for your California farm labor contractor bond online 24/7. You'll need to provide your name and address for Department of Industrial Relations approval.

Once your order has been processed, you'll receive a digital copy of your farm labor contractor bond by email. Your official documentation will be delivered based on your preferred shipping method.

How fast can I get a farm labor contractor bond? 

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to offer free quotes and deliver your official California farm labor contractor bond faster than any other surety provider. The Department of Industrial Relations requires these bonds be physically issued and delivered to you. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically shipped same-day. If you're in a rush, choose overnight shipping during checkout.

If you have questions about the farm labor 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 contractor bond process so you can get back to running your business.

Bond Type
$25,000Farm Labor Contractor Bond

What is a California farm labor contractor bond?

California Labor Code Section 1684 requires farm labor contractors file a surety bond with the Labor Commissioner in an amount based on the contractor's annual payroll for all employees. State form DLSE 402 is officially titled the "Farm Labor Contractor Bond," and it specifically requires that any farm labor contractor licensed in the state comply with all rules and regulations outlined in California Labor Code Chapter 3 Part 6 Division 2.

Why is the California farm labor contractor bond required? 

Farm labor contractors must pay damages resulting from any code violations. Parties harmed by a bonded farm contractor's noncompliance can file a claim against their surety bond. The issuing surety bond company will pay valid claims up to the full bond amount, which the bonded farm labor contractor must reimburse. 

Note that the CSLB enforces a separate $25,000 California Contractor Bond requirement for statewide contractor licensing.

Who regulates California farm labor contractor licensing? 

The California Department of Industrial Relations enforces farm labor contractor license requirements in the state, including the $25,000 surety bond requirement. You can contact the DIR staff by calling 1(510)285-2118 or emailing [email protected].

Who are the parties involved in a farm labor contractor surety bond? 

The “obligee,” or the party enforcing the surety bond requirement, is the California Department of Industrial Relations. The “principal” is the farm labor contractor required to purchase and file the farm labor contractor bond. The “surety” is the surety company that issues the bond and backs the contractor's obligation to comply with licensing laws. 

How do you update or change the information on your contractor bond form?

If the California Department of Industrial Relations requires your surety bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your farm labor contractor bond from SuretyBonds.com, email our customer service team at [email protected] to explain the needed change.

The most common changes requested are updating the contractor's name or address.

How long does a farm labor contractor surety bond remain valid?

You must renew your California bond before the current 1-year term expires. Once you pay your SuretyBonds.com renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be emailed to keep your bond and license active with the state. 

The surety company can cancel this bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the principal and the California Department of Industrial Relations at least 30 days prior to the effective cancellation date. 

How do you get a farm labor contractor license? 

The following documents must be submitted to the California DIR when applying for a farm labor contractor license. 

  • completed application
  • live scan fingerprint images
  • 2 current passport photos
  • farm labor contractor surety bond
  • copy of Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization (if applicable)
  • copy of Statement of Information listing all LLC members or corporate officers (if applicable)
  • copy of driver's license
  • acknowledgment of submission of IRS Form 8821 to the Internal Revenue Service
  • copy of a federal Certificate of Registration
  • certificate of workers compensation insurance
  • copy of proof of automobile liability insurance (if applicable)
  • detailed explanations for “yes” answers on application
  • copy of educational class completion certificate(s)
  • signed farm labor contractor supervisory employee sexual harassment disclosure statement
  • payment of fees

Submit your application and supporting documents online or by mail. 

For counties of Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Merced, Kings, and Madera:                   

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Regulation
770 East Shaw Ave., Ste. 222    
Fresno, CA 93710                                                                                             

All other counties: 

Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Regulation
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1902
Oakland, CA 94612

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