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How much does a Rhode Island contractor license bond cost? 

Rhode Island contractor bond costs start at $100 annually. Bond amounts greater than $10,000 require a quick application review to determine pricing. Your exact premium for the Providence sidewalk contractor bond will be calculated based on its required 12/31 bond term expiration date.

How do you get a contractor license surety bond in Rhode Island? 

You can purchase most Rhode Island contractor license bonds online 24/7. Simply choose your license bond and provide your name and license type for filing approval. Once your payment has been processed, your bonding confirmation will be sent to your email. Your official bond documents will be shipped to your preferred mailing address. 

How fast can I get a contractor license bond?  

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to deliver your official Rhode Island contractor bond faster than any other surety provider. Your official bond must 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.

If you have questions about Rhode Island contractor license bonds, call 1(800)308-4358 to speak with a friendly surety expert. We're here to guide you through the construction bond process so you can get back to running your business.

Bond Type
$5,000City of Providence Sidewalk Contractor BondLimited Sidewalk
$10,000City of Providence Sidewalk Contractor BondGeotech/Boring
$100,000City of Providence Sidewalk Contractor BondStandard Sidewalk
$1-$10,000City of Woonsocket Contractor Permit Bond

What is a Rhode Island contractor bond? 

Rhode Island contractor license bond” is a blanket term for the various surety bonds required for contractor licensing in the state. Each bond form must be filed with its own licensing authority as part of a city's individual license application process. These bonds reinforce licensing compliance by requiring contractors to follow various state and local laws when completing construction work. 

Who needs a contractor bond in Rhode Island?

Providence and Woonsocket require contractors to file surety bonds before they can be licensed to work in the area. You must file a specific surety bond with them directly before receiving your local contractor compliance license. If you need a surety bond for another city or county in Rhode Island, call 1(800)308-4358.

Who regulates Rhode Island contractor licensing? 

The Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board enforces licensing requirements for contractors working in the state. You can contact the Board by calling 1(401)921-1590 or by emailing [email protected]. Local licensing authorities can enforce a separate licensing requirement for construction contractors working in their city or county. 

Need a surety bond for a construction project in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island contractor bonds are required for local licensing compliance. If you need a surety bond before you can begin work on an individual contracted project, you might need a bid bond, payment bond, performance bond, or other type of contract bond. If you work in states other than Rhode Island, we also offer contractor license bonds nationwide.

How do I update or change my Rhode Island contractor bond form? 

If your licensing authority requires your bond form 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 for these bonds include updating your name or license type to match your license. 

How do I renew my contractor license bond in Rhode Island? 

You must renew your contractor license bond before its current term ends. Note the Providence sidewalk contractor bond expires annually on December 31st. Once you pay your renewal invoice, instructions will be provided to keep your bond active for your next license term. 

How do I get my contractor license in Rhode Island? 

Rhode Island State Contractor License

Complete the steps below to apply for your Rhode Island state contractor license.

  1. Complete 5 hours of preregistration courses.
  2. Complete your application online.
  3. Provide proof of Certificate of Liability insurance in the amount of $500,000.
  4. Get a Certificate of Worker's Compensation Insurance, if applicable.
  5. Receive a business ID number and a date of incorporation (corporations and limited liability companies only). 
  6. Pay the $150 registration fee.

Providence Sidewalk Contractor License

Complete the steps below to apply for your Providence sidewalk contractor license. 

  1. Create an account to complete your application online. 
  2. Pay the $100 application fee. 
  3. Provide proof of Certificate of General Liability Insurance in the amount of $100,000.
  4. File a Rhode Island surety bond in the appropriate amount. 

Woonsocket Contractor Permit 

Complete the steps below to apply for your Woonsocket contractor permit.

  1. Complete an application for permit.
  2. Pay your permit fee. 
  3. File a surety bond in the required amount.

Who is protected under Rhode Island bond claim laws? 

Rhode Island bond claim laws protect individuals who face harm as a result of a bonded professional's misconduct. Harmed individuals can file a claim against the construction bond. The surety company will pay valid claims up to the full bond amount, which the bonded contractor must reimburse.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert