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California Surplus Line Broker Bond

Cost: $100.00 / 1-year term

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How much does a surplus line broker bond cost in California?

The California Producer Licensing Bureau requires surplus lines brokers to post $50,000 surety bonds. Special lines surplus lines brokers must post $10,000 bonds.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$10,000 Special Lines Surplus Line Broker $10,000 $100
$50,000 Surplus Line Broker Bond $50,000 $500

Why do I need this bond?

California surplus line broker bonds ensure that principals (brokers) faithfully comply with the requirements of Chapter 6, Part 2, Division 1 of the Insurance Code of California and all other application provisions.

Special lines surplus lines broker bonds in California ensure that principals (brokers) hold a special lines’ surplus line broker’s license issued by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California and account for and handle all monies paid to him/her for insurance services appropriately.

If the principal fails to comply with these terms, both bonds protect harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond.

What’s the fine print?

Bonds for surplus line brokers and special lines brokers in California remain in full force and effect until the surety cancels the bond or the surety is released from further liability by the commissioner. The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the commissioner 30 days prior to the effective termination date.

How to become a surplus line broker in California

Surplus line brokers in California must obtain a license before they can begin work. The process to apply for a surplus line broker license is as follows:

  • Complete pre-licensing education requirements (24 hours)
  • Pass Property and Casualty Broker-Agent exams prior to submitting license application
  • Submit online license application through FLASH (Fast Licensing Application Service is Here)
  • Pay $154 application fee
  • Provide live scan fingerprint impressions

To renew your license, you must fulfill the continuing education requirements (24 hours) for each two-year license period.

Additional Resources

State of California Bond of Surplus Line Broker form

California Department of Insurance Surplus Line Broker Frequently Asked Questions

California Department of Insurance FLASH Application

State of California Bond of Special Lines’ Surplus Line Broker form

California Department of Insurance Special Lines’ Surplus Line Broker

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