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Florida Seller of Travel Bond

How much does a Florida seller of travel bond cost?

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires travel agents to post a surety bond between $25,000 and $50,000 in order to get a travel agent license in Florida. These bonds are subject to underwriting, which means the amount you’ll pay for your bond is based on a review of your personal credit report.

With good credit, clients could pay a premium as low as 1% of the total bond amount. Even with less-than-stellar credit, our team works hard to get you bonded as a travel agent for the best rate possible. Apply for a free bond quote today!

Your seller of travel bond amount depends on the type of travel being sold, so applicants should verify their required bond amount with the Department prior to bonding. Typically, it’s $25,000 for travel agents who are not offering vacation certificates and $50,000 for those who are.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Seller of Travel Bond $25,000-50,000 Starts at 1% 5-8% 10%+ Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358, or submit a bond request. One of our expert surety specialists will contact you right away to get you set up with the bond you need.

Why do Florida travel agents need a surety bond?

As part of the Florida travel agent licensing process, all travel agents selling services to consumers are required to post a seller of travel bond, which protects the consumers doing business with them.

Specifically, these bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (sellers of travel) conduct business according to the provisions listed in Sections 559.926 through 559.939 of the Florida Statutes, which is also referred to as the Florida Sellers of Travel Act. Prohibited acts under this bond include:

  • conducting business without annually registering with the Department
  • selling or marketing a specific number of certificates exceeding the number allowed
  • selling vacation certificates with expiration dates of 18 months or more from the date of issuance
  • misrepresenting purchasers’ right to cancel with reimbursement
  • and more

Seller of travel bonds protect consumers from financial loss resulting from any unethical and unlawful business practices the travel agent might conduct.

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Can a seller of travel bond be canceled?

Florida seller of travel bonds can be canceled by the surety if the surety gives the state written notice of cancellation 30 days prior to the effective date of cancellation.

How to become a travel agent in Florida

The Florida travel agent registration process includes a number of items to be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Travel agents who do not offer vacation certificates must submit:

  • a completed registration form
  • $300 non-refundable fee
  • proof of a $25,000 seller of travel surety bond

Travel agents offering vacation certificates must submit:

  • a completed registration form
  • $300 non-refundable fee
  • $100 document submission fee
  • proof of a $50,000 seller of travel surety bond

Exemptions from registering include:

  • Independent contractors who are under a contract with a host that’s registered with the state or exempt from registering (must pay an annual filing fee of $50 and file an annual statement of exemption)
  • Applicants who have contracted with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) for 3 or more years (must file a statement of exemption to obtain an occupational license)

Section 559.935 of the Florida Statutes lists all exemptions.

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Additional Resources

How To Get A Travel Agent License In Florida

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Sellers of Travel Registration Package

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Sellers of Travel

Florida Statutes Title 33 Chapter 559 Part 6 Sellers of Travel

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