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California Legal Document Assistant Bond

Cost: $250 / 2 year term
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The California legal document assistant bond costs $250 for the state-required 2-year term. Your $250 bond premium will cover the full 2 years as required by the state. Note that you must file a separate $25,000 surety bond with each county you work in. 

You can purchase your California legal document assistant bond online 24/7. Simply provide your name and county for your county's professional registration approval. Once your payment has been processed, you'll instantly receive a digital copy of your California surety bond by email. Your physical documentation will be delivered based on your preferred shipping method.

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to deliver your official California legal document assistant bond faster than any other surety provider. Your county clerk requires your professional registration bond be physically issued and shipped to you, so choose overnight shipping during checkout if you're in a rush. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically shipped same-day.

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$25,000Legal Document Assistant Bond

California Business and Professions Code Division 3 Chapter 5.5 Article 2 Section 6405 requires individuals file a $25,000 surety bond along with their legal document assistant application for a certificate of registration. This bond specifically benefits the state or any individual harmed by a legal document assistant's noncompliance, fraud, dishonesty, or other incompetency while providing their professional registration services as a California LDA.

By filing this California surety bond, you agree to comply with the California Business and Professions Code when providing legal document preparation services and completing associated routine legal tasks. If you fail to do so, your issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed individuals up to the full $25,000 bond amount, which you would be required to reimburse. 

In California, a legal document assistant (also known as an “independent paralegal”) provides professional legal document preparation services. A California LDA might specialize in providing document preparation assistance for one or more legal services from bankruptcy to divorce. Legal document assistants work with attorneys but are not attorneys

If you're a licensed legal document assistant working in California, you might also need a California notary bond or California process server bond

Each individual California county enforces its own licensing requirements for legal document assistants, including filing instructions for the $25,000 LDA bond requirement. If you have questions about your legal document assistant registration or original bond filing, contact your local county clerk office. 

If your county clerk requires your bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety company. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested are updating your name or county to match your California LDA registration paperwork.

You must renew your California legal document assistant surety bond before its current 2-year term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be sent to you to keep your bond active for your next 2-year license term. 

Learn How to Register as a California Legal Document Assistant by reviewing our comprehensive guide.

You must register as a legal document assistant in each county you will provide services. The requirements vary by county but the following are example items you will need to deliver to your county clerk. Contact your local county clerk for specific registration requirements. 

  • ID photo (drivers license, passport, etc.)
  • completed professional registration application
  • original bond form in required $25,000 bond amount
  • high school diploma or equivalent
  • education credentials, including paralegal certificate
  • required fees for application and fees for recording of bond

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