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California Guide License Bond

Cost: $50 / 1 year term
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How much does a California guide license bond cost?

The California guide license bond costs $50 annually. The state requires this bond type expire annually on January 31st, so your $50 premium will cover your $1,000 bond amount through your January 31st game or fishing guide license term as required. 

How do I get a guide license bond in California?

You can purchase your California guide license bond online 24/7. You'll just need to provide your game or fishing guide name for Department of Fish and Wildlife license filing approval. Once your payment has been received, your official California surety bond will be delivered to your email instantly.

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Bond Type
$1,000Guide License Bond

What is the California guide license bond?

California Fish and Game Code Section 2541 requires individuals file a $1,000 surety bond before they can be issued a fishing or game guide license. By filing this California bond, a fish and/or game guide agrees that they (and any of their agents) will faithfully perform their professional responsibilities to their clients. If they fail to do so, their issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed individuals up to the full $1,000 bond amount, which the guide must reimburse in full. 

Who regulates licensing for fish and game guides?

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife enforces California Code licensing regulations for guides in the state, including the $1,000 surety bond licensing requirement. If you have questions about your active license or a licensing requirement as a game or fishing guide, you can contact the CDFW by calling 1(916)928-5805 or emailing [email protected]

How do I update or change my fish and game license bond?

If the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requires your bond form to be updated for any reason, contact your surety bond company. If you bought your California bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common change requested is updating your fishing or game guide name to match your active license or license application. 

How do I renew my guide license bond in California? 

You must renew your California guide license bond before its current term expires on January 31st annually as required by California Code. Once you pay your renewal invoice, a new surety bond form will be issued and sent to you.

How do I get a California fish and game guide license?

You must complete the following steps to apply for your fish and game guide licensing in California. 

  1. Fill out the Guide License Application.
  2. Purchase and file a California surety bond in the $1,000 required bond amount.
  3. Pay the required application fee.

How do you renew your guide license in California? 

You can renew your game or fishing guide license online by logging on to your CDFW Online License Sales and Services account. You'll need to pay a $269.25 renewal fee if you're a resident or a $618 renewal fee if you're a non-resident.

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