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California Residential Care Facility Bond

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How much does a California residential care facility bond cost?

California residential care facility bond costs start at $100 annually. Your exact premium will vary depending on your required bond amount, which is based on the type of residential facility you operate and its funds handled. You should verify your total bond amount with the state before purchasing your bond.

How do I get a residential care facility bond in California?

You can purchase your California care facility bond online 24/7. Simply select your bond amount and provide the following information for Department of Social Services filing approval. 

  • applicant/licensee name
  • business address
  • facility county
  • license type
  • license number, if available 

Once your payment is received, your official California bond documents will be sent to your email instantly.

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Bond Type
$1,000Residential Care Facility Bond$750 or less safeguarded per month
$2,000Residential Care Facility Bond$751 - $1,500 safeguarded per month
$3,000Residential Care Facility Bond$1,501 - $2,500 safeguarded per month
$4,000-$20,000Residential Care Facility Bond

What is a California residential care facility bond? 

California Health and Safety Code 1569.60 requires residential care facilities file a minimum $1,000 California surety bond if they manage residents' finances. California bond form LIC 402 is officially titled “Surety Bond (Original sent to Regional Office)," but it's more commonly known as the “residential care facility bond,” “assisted living facility bond,” or “community care facility bond.” If you operate a residential care facility that manages client funds, you must file this bond with the state before being licensed. This bond form specifically requires facility licensees to faithfully and honestly handle client/resident funds.

Why are residential care facilities bonded? 

By filing a residential care facilities bond, you agree to manage resident client funds according to law. If you or your facility mishandle client funds, your issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed individuals up to the total bond amount. You would then be required to reimburse your surety company for any financial loss paid out.

Who regulates licensing for California residential care facilities? 

The California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division enforces licensing requirements for the state's care facilities, including this California surety bond requirement. You can contact the department by emailing [email protected]

Who needs a residential care facility bond?

The California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division requires the following facilities to file a surety bond before being licensed to operate in the state. 

  • Adult Residential 
  • Adult Day Programs 
  • Social Rehabilitation 
  • Foster Family Home
  • Foster Family Agency
  • Group Home
  • Small Family Home
  • Residential Care Facility for Persons with Chronic, Life-Threatening Illness
  • Residential Care Facility for the Elderly

How do I update or change my care facility bond form? 

If the California Community Care Licensing Division requires your bond documentation be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested for this bond are updating the facility applicant/licensee name or business address to match licensing paperwork.

How do I renew my residential care facility bond? 

You must renew your California residential care facility bond before its current term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be sent to you to keep your bond active for your next license term. 

How do residential care facilities apply for a license in California?

To apply for your California residential care facility or assisted living facility license, complete the steps below.

  1. Verify which facility license you need with the state. 
  2. Complete your online adult and senior care orientation.
  3. Fill out your facility application.
  4. Pay the applicable fees.
  5. Purchase your California surety bond in the required bond amount.

Mail your application and all supporting documentation to the state. 

Department of Social Services
Centralized Application Bureau
Community Care Licensing
Adult and Senior Care Program
744 P Street, MS 9-14-8201
Sacramento, CA 95814

What can California residential care facilities do to avoid claims against your bonds?

To avoid claims filed against your bond, you and your facility must faithfully and honestly handle client funds. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for reimbursing your surety company for any financial loss claims paid out as a result of your noncompliance and client funds mismanagement. 

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