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How much does a Texas outdoor advertiser bond cost?

Texas outdoor advertiser bond costs start at $100 annually. Your exact surety bond cost will depend on the number of counties in which you erect and maintain billboards for advertising. 

  • The $2,500 bond for a billboard in 1 county costs $100 annually.
  • The $5,000 bond for billboards in 2 counties costs $100 annually.
  • The $5,000 bond for billboards in 3 counties costs $150 annually.
  • The $10,000 bond for billboards in 4+ counties costs $200 annually.

How do I get an outdoor advertising bond in Texas?

You can purchase your Texas outdoor advertising bond online 24/7. Select your bond amount required for the number of counties in which you'll maintain a billboard and provide the following information for Department of Transportation filing approval.

  • sign owner name
  • sign owner address
  • sign owner phone number
  • county (or counties) in which you will display billboards
  • charter number or social security number

Once your payment has been processed, your official Texas surety bond will be delivered to your email instantly. 

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Bond Type
$2,500Commercial Sign Operators BondBillboards in 1 county
$5,000Commercial Sign Operators BondBillboards in 2 counties
$7,500Commercial Sign Operators BondBillboards in 3 counties
$10,000Commercial Sign Operators BondBillboards in 4+ counties

What is an outdoor advertiser bond in Texas? 

Texas Statutes Transportation Code Chapter 394 Section 0204 requires individuals file a surety bond before being issued a license to maintain an off-premise sign. State form ROW-OA-2 is officially titled the “Commercial Sign Operators Bond,” but it's also known as the “Texas outdoor advertiser bond” or “billboard permit bond.” This bond requires advertisers erect and maintain signs according to V.T.C.A. Transportation Code Chapter 391 and protects the state and individuals from financial loss in the event of noncompliance. 

How do I determine my commercial sign operators bond amount?

Texas statutes require a $2,500 surety bond amount be filed for each county in which an individual erects or maintains an off-premise sign. If you maintain billboards in 4 or more counties, you'll file a $10,000 surety bond.

Who regulates outdoor sign advertising in Texas?

The Texas Department of Transportation Commercial Signs Regulatory Program enforces regulations for outdoor sign advertising in the state, including the permit bond requirement. If you have questions about your permit application or license bond, you can call the DOT at 1(512)416-3030.

How do I update or change my outdoor advertising signs bond form?

If the Texas Department of Transportation requires your surety bond documentation to 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 these bonds include the following.

  • sign owner name
  • sign owner address
  • sign owner phone number
  • county (or counties) in which you display billboards

How do I renew my Texas commercial sign operators bond?

You must renew your Texas commercial sign operators surety bond before its current term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be emailed to you to keep your bond active for your next permit term. 

How do I get a Texas outdoor advertiser permit? 

You can apply for a Texas outdoor advertiser permit online. You'll need to submit the following information when applying.

  • $125 application fee
  • charter number provided by Texas Secretary of State
  • list of counties where you will erect and maintain signs
  • commercial sign operator's bond in the correct required amount

How does a Texas commercial sign operator avoid bond claims?

By filing this bond to get a permit to erect or maintain a sign, you agree to comply with V.T.C.A. Transportation Code Chapter 391. If you fail to do so, your issuing surety company will pay valid claims to harmed parties up to your full bond amount, which you must reimburse. To avoid claims filed against your bond, follow all laws when erecting and maintaining your signs and billboards. 

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