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California $1,000 Guide License Bond

Cost: $50.00 / 1-year term

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How much does a guide license bond cost in California?

The California Department of Fish and Game requires licensed guides to post $1,000 surety bonds before legally operating within the state.

SuretyBonds.com issues these bonds instantly for just $50. Simply click Buy Now to purchase your bond online via our secure bond checkout. It only takes a few minutes to be on your way to getting bonded as a guide in California.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$1,000 Guide License Bond $1,000 $50

Why do I need this bond?

By posting a California guide license bond, principals (guides) pledge to conduct business in accordance with all provisions of the California Fish and Game Code and fulfill all responsibilities to his or her clients.

If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the surety bond protects all harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond ($1,000). The principal must repay the surety for any damages paid out.

What’s the fine print?

Guide license bonds in California remain in full force and effect until canceled and expire each year on January 31. The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the California Department of Fish and Game in Sacramento, California, at least 30 days prior to the effective termination date. The department can also terminate the bond by giving written notice to the surety.

How to become a licensed guide in California

Guides in California must obtain a license before they can legally conduct business. The required materials for successful guide licensing include the following:

  • Completed Guide License Application
  • Signed surety bond
  • Great outdoors ID number or copy of ID included with Guide License Application
  • Application fee

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Additional Resources

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Special Permits

California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Guide License

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Applications and Forms

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