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California Guide License Surety Bond

Bond Requirements and Online Application

The California Guide License Surety Bond is required by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for any individual wishing to obtain a Guide License.

To get a free, no-obligation quote on the price to obtain this bond, submit our simple online application!

What are the requirements to be a Licensed Guide in California?

California Guide License Surety BondThe State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife defines a guide as 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. This also includes any person who, for profit, transports other persons, their equipment, or both to or from hunting or fishing area.

The California Code of Regulations requires any such guide to obtain a license prior to operating. In order to obtain a Guide License, the following must be submitted to the California License and Revenue Branch:

  • A completed license application
  • Copies of identification
  • The appropriate filing fee: $222.22 for residents, $511.25 for non-residents
  • A $1,000 California Guide License Surety Bond issued for the term February 1st – January 31st of the following year.

More information regarding these application requirements and processes can be found on the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website.

What is the purpose of a California Guide License Surety Bond?

The state requires this bond as a form of financial security for the people of the State of California. If a client is subject to malpractice, deceit or unlawful omissions of the licensed guide, they can make a claim on their California Guide License Surety Bond. If settled, the surety company (the company who issued the bond) will pay out the claim, however the bond principal (the licensed guide) must repay the surety company for any losses incurred. Essentially, this bond guarantees and insures that you, your agents, and employees will faithfully preform and fulfill all responsibilities and duties to your clients.

Where can I get a California Guide License Surety Bond?

In order to obtain this bond, simply fill out our free online application! One of our licensed agents will contact you within one business day with a quote for the price to obtain your bond (the “premium”). If you choose to move forward after receiving your quote, we will have you sign any necessary paperwork and remit the premium payment, at which time we will ship your bond to you via USPS Priority Mail (with overnight shipping options also available).

What happens when the bond expires?

As these bonds have a set term of February 1st – January 31st, this bond must be renewed annually. Approximately two months prior to the January 31st expiration date, our company will send you an invoice to renew your bond for the next February 1st – January 31st term. Once the renewal payment is collected (this will generally be the same as the first year, but can fluctuate based on credit), we will send you a Renewal Bond with the new term dates listed. You will then submit the Renewal Bond to the CA License and Revenue Branch to successfully renew your Guide License for another year.

Why choose Surety1?

At Surety Solutions Insurance Services, Inc. (Surety1), our agents work with over a dozen “A” rated surety markets to ensure we are finding you the lowest price for your bond. We’ve been issuing surety bonds since 2003 and our quality, reliable service has led us to an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau! Located in California and licensed in all 50 states!

How to Get Your California Guide License Surety 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 California Guide License Surety Bond!   If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.
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