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Texas Outdoor Advertiser Bond

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How much does an outdoor advertising bond cost in Texas?

The Texas Department of Transportation requires outdoor advertisers to submit surety bonds prior to advertising within the state. The required bond amount for advertising in one county is $2,500. Each additional county requires an additional $2,500 of coverage, and applicants who advertise in four or more counties must submit $10,000 surety bonds.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$2,500 Outdoor Advertisers Bond Billboards in 1 county $2,500 $100
$5,000 Outdoor Advertisers Bond Billboards in 2 counties $5,000 $100
$7,500 Outdoor Advertisers Bond Billboards in 3 counties $7,500 $100
$10,000 Outdoor Advertisers Bond Billboards in 4+ counties $10,000 $100

Why do I need this bond?

By posting a Texas outdoor advertiser bond, the principal (advertiser) agrees to abide by all provisions of the V.T.C.A., Transportation Code, Chapter 391. Specifically, this bond protects the state from financial loss up to the full bond amount if the principal erects or maintains any unlawful sign or signs.

What’s the fine print?

Outdoor advertiser bonds in Texas remain in full force and effect and run concurrently with the license period and for any and all renewal periods unless canceled by the surety. The surety can cancel the bond by giving written notice via certified mail to the principal and to the Texas Transportation Commission. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the commission receives the notice.

How to become an outdoor advertiser in Texas

Posting a Texas outdoor advertiser bond is just the first step toward becoming licensed in the state. The following fees, documents and information must be submitted to the commission before an applicant can be eligible for licensure:

  • Application fee of $125
  • Social Security Number
  • Notarized application
  • Full mailing address
  • List of counties in which signs will be erected

Additional Resources

Texas Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Forms

Texas Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Signs

Chapter 5: Outdoor Advertising License Section 1: Overview General

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