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The California Contractor’s License Bond is a type of surety bond required by the Contractors State License Board.  The bond amount is set at $25,000 for both individuals and qualifying individuals. Without a license, you can only do any construction projects under $500 in California. However, it is important to note that this does not mean you can do any project you want, regardless of complexity or risk. For example, even if a project costs less than $500, you still need a contractor’s license if the project involves electrical work, plumbing work, or structural repairs. You also need a license if the project is being performed on a commercial property. Looking for Information on Performance and Payment Bonds? Click Here.

How to get a California Contractor’s License Bond

At our simple three step process is as follows:

  1. Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application1
  2. Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
  3. Sign some paperwork and pay the bond premium.

With some of our markets the bond is filed electronically. If electronic filing is not available, the bond will be mailed to you via USPS Priority Mail. Overnights is also available. The cost of the bond is usually between 1% and 3% of the bond amount, subject to a minimum premium and fees of $150 to$250. Surety1 will shop its many markets to procure the right price at the right terms.
1- You must have a contractors license number or application number to apply for the surety bond. is a service of AssuredPartners one of the largest and fastest growing insurance agencies in the nation. Representing over a dozen surety bond companies, is the premier online provider of surety bonds nationwide since 2003  and maintains an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau .

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What is the Purpose of the Bond?

The contractor’s license bond is required for the benefit of consumers. It protects those who have been damaged as a result of defective construction or other license violations. Similarly, it’s for the benefit of employees who have not been paid wages that are due to them.

Who needs a California Contractor’s License Bond?

The Contractors State License Board requires the bond be on file before the board can issue an active license, reactivate an inactive license, or renew an active license.

What are the requirements in order to get a Contractor’s License in California? California Contractor's License Bond

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number
  • Have the knowledge, experience, and skills to manage the daily activities of a construction business
  • Must have 4 years of experience within the past 10 years as a journeyperson, foreperson, supervising employee, or contractor in the trade being applied for
  • Complete the Application Form
  • Disclosure statement regarding criminal plea/conviction
  • Accommodation requests for examination
  • Submit a California Contractor’s License Bond of $25,000 


California Contractor's License Bond

How to Get Your California Contractor’s License Bond

  1. Complete an online application. It’s free and no-obligation.
  2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign.
  3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Surety Bond!

If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.

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3. Get Your Bond
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