California Contractor License Bond

The California State License Board requires all licensed contractors to maintain a $25,000 contractor license surety bond. The bond protects California consumers from contractors who violate California Licensing Law.

South Coast Surety is a leader in California surety bonds and specializes in California contractor license bonds. We offer low pricing for applicants with good credit and excellent solutions for those with challenged credit. Apply now!

**Effective January 1st, 2023, the CA Contractor License Bond, Bond of Qualifying Individual, and Contractors Disciplinary Bond will increase to a $25,000 bond amount as a result of Senate Bill 607.**

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.

The bond premium (how much you pay) varies, depending on credit. With good credit, the premium can be as low as 1-3% of the bond amount 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.

You may also request a PDF application via email to