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What is a Surety Bond?

Questions about the bonding process? We've developed a guide just for you.

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Definition: sur•e•ty bond

A surety bond is a contractual agreement between a project owner or business guaranteeing that the project will be completed or business regulations will be followed.

How do surety bonds work?

To put it simply, they guarantee that specific tasks are fulfilled. This is achieved by bringing three parties together in a mutual, legally binding contract.

  1. The principal is the individual or business that purchases the bond to guarantee future work performance.
  2. The obligee is the entity that requires the bond. Obligees are typically government agencies working to regulate industries and reduce the likelihood of financial loss.
  3. The surety is the insurance company that backs the bond. The surety provides a line of credit in case the principal fails to fulfill the task.

The obligee can make a claim to recover losses if the principal does fail to fulfill the task. If the claim is valid, the insurance company will pay reparation that cannot exceed the bond amount. The underwriters will then expect the principal to reimburse them for any claims paid.

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Why do I need surety insurance?

People often wonder what surety bonds are after they’ve been told they need to buy one.

These are just a few reasons why you might be looking for information on surety insurance. For more information on a specific bond type, browse our site, or contact a surety specialist.

How can I apply?

SuretyBonds.com offers quick, easy and accurate bonding services. Unlike other bond companies, SuretyBonds.com can approve 99% of applicants regardless of bad credit or other financial problems. All you have to do is submit an application. Then your account manager will shop your application around with our exclusive underwriting markets. You’ll receive the lowest available rate within one business day of your application. Once you approve the rate and pay your premium, your bond insurance will be legally executed.

What is a surety bond going to cost me?

Because SuretyBonds.com is a brokerage firm, our agents shop your application around to compare costs. In doing so, we can help you find some of the lowest rates available. If you’re wondering what a surety bond is going to cost, know that the exact rate will vary depending on the following factors:

  • the bond amount
  • your personal application
  • the risk involved with your specific contract

The best way to determine your exact premium is to contact SuretyBonds.com to get a free, no obligation price quote. Call 1 (800) 308-4358 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST. You may also fill out an online contact form, and one of our experienced experts will call you as soon as possible. With SuretyBonds.com on your side, you don’t have to wonder, "What is a surety bond?" anymore.