The California Home Care Organization Dishonesty Bond is required by the state in order to obtain a Home Care Organization License.
Surety1 can issue this bond for as low as $150 for the year, including fees! Apply here to receive your free, no-obligation quote!
What are the requirements to operate a Home Care Organization in California?
A Home Care Organization License issued by the California Department of Social Services, Home Care Services Bureau is required by the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of California. This legislation is in place in order to promote consumer protection for elderly and disabled individuals who hire private aides to come into their homes and provide assistance with activities of daily living. This legislation also created a public online registry for Home Care Aides who have been background checked.
In order to obtain a Home Care Organization license, the following must be submitted to the CA Home Care Services Bureau:
- Application for a Home Care Organization Licence
- Licensee Applicant Information
- Designation of Home Care Organization Responsibility
- Partnership/Corporation/Limited Liability Company
- Criminal Record Statement
- Board of Directors Statement
- A $10,000 California Home Care Organization Dishonesty Bond (form HCS 402) issued by a surety company licensed in California
- Note: Surety1 works with over a dozen “A” rated surety markets that are all licensed in California!
- Supplemental information including: Articles of Incorporation, job descriptions, personnel policies, training plans, HCO program description, and insurance information
More information regarding these application requirements and processes can be found on the CA Dept. of Social Services website.
What is the purpose of the California Home Care Organization Dishonesty Bond?
This bond is in place to protect the clients of the Home Care Organization (HCO). In the event that a client is wronged by the Home Care Organization or its employees, including but not limited to theft, embezzlement, conversion or common law fraud or deceit, they can make a claim on the bond. If settled, the surety company (the company that issues the bond) will pay out the claim, however the principal (the HCO) must repay the surety company for any losses incurred.
Per the licensing requirements, an original surety-executed California Home Care Organization Dishonesty Bond must be submitted to the Home Care Services Bureau in order to obtain a license. Upon license renewal, the HCO must show proof that their bond is still active. Surety1 will provide a Bond Verification Certificate upon renewal of the bond, which can be used for this purpose.
Where I get a California Home Care Organization Dishonesty 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 for a one year term (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 at renewal?
These bond types are generally written for a one year term. Approximately two months prior to the expiration of this term, one of our agents will send you an invoice to renew your bond for the next term. Once this payment is processed, we will send you a Verification Certificate along with a paid invoice that you can use of proof of your active bond (proof of your active bond is generally a requirement for your license renewal).
Why choose Surety1?
At 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 Rancho Cordova, California and licensed in all 50 states.