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How much does a $100,000 LLC Employee/Worker Bond cost in California?
California LLC employee/worker surety bond costs start at $1,500 for the required 1-year term. Your exact premium will be provided after a quick application underwriting review.
Please note that those wishing to purchase a California LLC employee/worker bond must also obtain a $15,000 contractor license bond.
Call 1 (800) 308-4358, submit a bond request, to connect with one of our surety experts who will walk you through each step of the bonding process.
Why do I need this bond?
The California Business and Professionals code, Section 7071.6.5 requires that an LLC wishing to receive a license must purchase a $100,000 surety bond in order to protect employees from damage resulting from the LLC’s failure to pay wages, interest on wages, or fringe benefits, as well as any other contributions.
Should an LLC fail to provide any of the guarantees listed above, a claim may be filed against the bond in an amount of more than $100,000, which the surety company will pay to settle the claim. Once the claim has been settled, the surety will look to the principal to reimburse them for any money paid out. In order to risk losing $100,000, plus the non-refundable premium, it is important that principals who purchase these bonds understand exactly what their responsibilities are under the bond. This information may be found below in the Additional Resources section of the page.
Submit a bond request today to begin the bonding process. We can typically provide you with a free bond quote within 1 business day of receiving your application.
What’s the fine print?
California LLC employee/worker bonds run concurrently with the license and must be renewed annually, which requires paying your premium for the next year. However, the surety may cancel the bond at any point, so long as they do so in accordance with Section 996.310 et seq. of the Code of Civil Procedure, which states that the surety must provide notice to both the obligee and the principal. Once notice has been provided, the bond’s cancellation will become effective at the earliest of the following:
- Thirty days after notice of cancellation or withdrawal is given
- If a new surety is substituted for the original surety, the date of substitution becomes effective
- If a new bond is given, the date the new bond becomes effective
Once the bond has been canceled, it is the principal’s responsibility to obtain a new bond within 30 days or they run the risk of facing further punitive action, including license revocation.
What else do I need to get a contractor license for my LLC in California?
Along with the $100,000 bond, LLCs seeking licensure must complete the application process, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Completing the application in its entirety
- Paying the $300 nonrefundable application fee
- Obtaining a minimum $1,000,000 liability insurance policy (the exact amount is determined by the number of individuals employed by the LLC, but cannot exceed $5,000,000)
- Providing a personnel of record list
- Providing a license which must be qualified by a responsible managing employee, responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager, or responsible managing member
- The Qualified Individual must pass a law and business examination and a specific trade examination, unless waived
- Submitting fingerprints for a criminal background check
Complete registration information can be accessed from the Additional Resources section of this page. Begin the licensing process by purchasing the surety bond you need.