A Florida Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Surety Bond is required by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) for each type of license or permit obtained for the distribution or manufacturing of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products (see below list of licenses/permits that require a bond). This bond is in place as assurance that your company will pay all excise taxes. If your company fails to report or pay the required taxes, the state can make a claim on your bond and the surety company that issued your bond will pay out the claim. Unlike insurance however, you will have to pay back the surety for any such claims.
First it is important to identify which licenses and/or permits you will need via the FL Division of Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco’s website.
Only some of these licenses or permits will require you to post a Florida Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Surety Bond. The follow lists identify the licenses and permits that require this surety bond, as well as the bond amounts for each. The lists are separated by the general category and identify each license or permit class code, the products associated with that class code, and the bond amount required for that class code.
Alcoholic Beverages – Manufacturer
|CMB||Malt Beverages (Beer)||$20,000|
|BMWC||Wine and Cordials||$5,000|
|DD||Distilled Spirits (Liquor)||$25,000|
|ERB||Rectify and/or Blend||$25,000|
Alcoholic Beverages – Distributor
|JDBW/EDB||Beer and/or Wine||$25,000|
|KLD/KLD2||Beer, wine, and Liquor||$100,000|
Alcoholic Beverages – Bonded Warehouse
|SBW||Beer , Wine, and Liquor||$5,000|
Cigarettes – Distributor
|CWD||Tax-paid (only), Stamping Agent (cash), and Stamping Agent (Charge)||$2,000 +|
Cigarettes – Distributing Agent
|CDA||Public Warehousing||$2,000 +|
Tobacco Products – Distributor
|TWD||Pipe Tobacco, Chewing Tobacco, Snuff||$1,000|
Once you have submitted your appropriate Florida Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Surety Bond, you can apply for your permit or license with the Florida DBPR. Instructions for applying can be found on their website.
To obtain a Florida Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Surety Bond, all you need to do is take a few minutes to fill out our free online application! Within one business day one of our licensed agents will contact you with a no-obligation quote for the price to obtain your bond (the “premium”). Once any necessary paperwork is signed and the premium payment is processed, your surety bond will be shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail (overnight shipping options also available).
The surety bonding experts at Surety Solutions Insurance Services, Inc. (Surety1) are here to help you get bonded quickly and reliably. We work with over a dozen “A” rated surety markets to ensure we find you the lowest rate for your bond. We are also licensed in all 50 states and maintain an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau.