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California Foreign Labor Contractor Bond

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How much does a California foreign labor contractor bond cost? 

California foreign labor contractor bond costs start at $100 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 you get a foreign labor contractor bond in California? 

You can apply for your California foreign 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 foreign labor contractor bond by email. Your official documentation will be delivered based on your preferred shipping method.

How fast can I get a foreign labor contractor bond? 

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to offer free quotes and deliver your official California foreign 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 foreign 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
$1,000-$100,000Foreign Labor Contractor Bond

What is a California foreign labor contractor bond?

California Business and Professions Code Section 9998.1.5 requires foreign labor contractors file a contractor bond in an amount based on annual gross receipts from operating as a foreign labor contractor. State form DLSE 702 is officially titled the "Foreign Labor Contractor Bond" and requires contractors to comply with all terms and provisions of BPC Code Chapter 21.5, which includes paying any damages caused by noncompliance.

Why are foreign labor contractor bonds required? 

By filing this bond a contractor agrees to pay interest on wages and damages resulting from violating the Industrial Welfare Commission. The surety bond company will pay valid claims to harmed parties 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 construction contractor licensing?

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

What is a foreign labor contractor? 

Foreign labor contractors recruit H-2B visa workers from outside of the United States for construction employment opportunities. 

How do I update or change my 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 foreign labor contractor bond from, 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 do I renew my bond?

You must renew your California bond before the current 1-year term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be emailed to you 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 I get a foreign labor contractor license?

Submit the following documents when applying for a foreign labor contractor license in California. 

  • application
  • payment of fees
  • live scan fingerprint images
  • foreign labor contractor bond
  • copy of Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization
  • copy of Statement of Information
  • copy of Partnership Agreement
  • copy of driver's license
  • detailed explanations of “yes” answers on application

You can email your application and supporting documents to [email protected] or mail it to the California Labor Commissioner. 

Labor Commissioner
Licensing & Registration Unit-FnLC
1515 Clay Street
Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612

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