California Contractor License Bonds

All California licensed contractors are required to have a Contractor License Bond in the amount of $15,000 per the Contractors State License Board. This bond covers any project the contractor agrees to perform.

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According to the CA Contractor's State License Board:

"A Contractor's Bond must be in place before CSLB can issue an active license, reactivate an inactive license, or renew an active license. (Business and Professions Code Section 7071.6).

The bond is filed for the benefit of consumers who may be damaged as a result of defective construction or other license law violations, and for the benefit of employees who have not been paid wages that are due to them."

The bond is a contract between the contractor, the Surety company, and the State of California, ensuring that the contractor will comply with the CA's Contractor's License Law.
The CA Contractor's License Bond is required for all California licensed contractors.

If you need a Bond of Qualifying Individual, use the search function in the site's navigation menu to find the bond page.

The bond premium (how much you pay) varies, depending on credit. With good credit, the premium can be as low as $89 with our instant issue portal (add your license # above and start the process). For non-standard credit, quotes can be as low as $500.

*Bonds for roof or pool contractors may cost more than the general contractor's license bond.
To get a free quote for the general contractor's license bond, follow these steps:

1. Gather your license number or application fee number.
2. Complete the online application and submit.

FAX - You can also download & complete the PDF application and email to or fax to 949.361.9926.

INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE - If you would like an instant quote, you can go to our contractor's portal{LINK} (NOT FOR BROKERS) and enter your contractor license number or application fee number. If you use this portal, you will receive an instant quote; once purchased, the surety will electronically file the bond for you.