The California Guide License Surety Bond is required by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In order to complete the application for a California Guide License, you must provide proof on your license application that you have obtained a California Guide License Surety Bond. The State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife say that a ‘”Guide” means any person who is engaged in the business of packing or guiding, or who, for compensation, assists another person in taking or attempting to take any bird, mammal, fish, amphibian, or reptile. “Guide” also includes any person who, for profit, transports other persons, their equipment, or both to or from hunting or fishing area.”
The bond must be valid for the term of your license. The amount of this surety bond must be no less than $1,000. This bond guarantees and insures that you, your agents, and employees will faithfully preform and fulfill all responsibilities and duties to your clients.
The basic stipulation of the bond should be to bind you as the bond principal (the person or entity who bought the bond) and the surety company jointly to the clients seeking to use your guide services. This bond will financially protect the people of the State of California (clients, generally) from any malpractice, deceit or unlawful omissions on behalf of you, the licensee.