License & Permit Bonds

How to Become a Licensed California Roofing & Swimming Pool Contractor in 5 Easy Steps

As a contractor, it can be very profitable to specialize in a particular type of construction. For example, in California, the specialties of roofing contractors and swimming pool contractors are always in demand. However, in California, you must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in order to work as a roofing or swimming pool contractor. California is one of about 20 states that require roofing contractors and swimming pool contractors to obtain specialty contractor's licenses. In addition, all contractors in California are required to obtain a contractor bond to protect the public from any potential damages that may occur as a result of their work. Though obtaining a license and bond is not a complicated process, there are a number of important steps to follow to ensure your application is approved the first time.

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What is a California Bond of Qualifying Individual and Do I Need One?

In California, there are specific steps you must follow to become a licensed contractor. Among these steps is the purchase of a California Bond of Qualifying Individual (BQI). California is one of several states that require certain contractors to have a qualifying individual bond. This type of bond is required for individuals with a controlling interest in a business entity licensed to perform residential or commercial construction work in California.

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What is a California Talent Agency Bond and Why Do I Need One?

In California, anyone wanting to own or operate a talent agency must obtain a license from the state. The California Department of Industrial Relations' Labor Commissioner's Office is responsible for issuing these licenses.

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The California Contractor License Bond Amount Increased to $25,000 in 2023

The new year marks the start of a significant change for California contractors. As of January 1st, 2023, the CA Contractor License Bond (CLB), Bond of Qualifying Individual (BQI), and Contractors Disciplinary Bond will increase to a $25,000 bond amount (also called a bond limit) as a result of Senate Bill 607.

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Top 5 Things to Know About the City of Los Angeles Grading Permit Bond

If you’re a property owner planning to complete grading work in the city of Los Angeles, California, you likely need to obtain a grading permit bond. This bond is required by the city to ensure that the grading work is completed according to all approved building plans and as outlined by the terms of the grading permit.

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How to get a California Prescription Drug Wholesaler or Nonresident Wholesaler License

The process can seem daunting, but the following information can help you navigate it easily. Continue reading as we cover all the licensing requirements for CA prescription drug wholesalers so you can get started on your application today!

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a California Tax Preparer

In this comprehensive guide we’ll explore how to become a licensed and bonded tax preparer in the Golden State.

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How to Become a Licensed Finance Lender or Mortgage Broker in California

To operate as a finance lender or mortgage broker in California, you must meet certain requirements and obtain the proper license.

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How to Become a Bonded Immigration Consultant in California in 5 Easy Steps

If you want to help immigrants navigate the complex process of coming to the United States, becoming a bonded immigration consultant is a great option.

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How to Get Your Farm Labor Contractor License in California in 7 Easy Steps

If you’re looking to become a farm labor contractor in California, you first need to get a Farm Labor Contractor License (FLC).

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What Our Customers Have to Say

I have processed 2 defective title bonds through South Coast Surety and I am the type that gets worried for any little detail and want to make sure everything is done correctly the first time to prevent double work for myself and everybody. Knowing how I am both times I had to call customer service and they answered every little question I had in a very nice and gratifying way that made me feel I would not have any problems in which I did not. South Coast Surety has the ultimate best customer service.

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Gaby - CA
May 2019

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I was shopping for a surety bond for the first time and having trouble communicating with several different companies. When I contacted South Coast Surety they responded quickly and performed the transaction quick and easy. I might have been able to find a lower price, but their professionalism was worth a couple extra dollars.

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KG C. - CA
April 2019

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We are opening up a Mental Health Residential Treatment Center and needed a Surety bond since we will be handling some clients cash resources. I reached out to South Coast Surety, they sent me an application, paid our premium and had our bond sent to us immediately. Everyone I spoke to and emailed was courteous, attentive and responded very quickly. We will most definitely continue to get all of our bond services from South Coast.

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John F. - CA
September 2021

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Great customer service from South Coast Surety. When I had questions about the bond and process, their customer service team assisted me with a sense of urgency and answered my questions. I recommend using their services. I will be a returning customer.

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P&C B. - CA
April 2021

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I needed a surety bond and was referred by another company to south coast. I am very impressed with the level of customer service in every stage of issuing the bond, the rapid response to the get the bond issued and communication with the team. Great team and awesome service. I highly recommend South Coast Surety for you bond needs.

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Mirwais A. - CA
March 2021

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I was in need of obtaining my CA Insurance Bond. I was able to obtain my required Bond quote online within minutes. I approved the quote and requested the Bond to be issued. On the same day, I received the Evidence of Coverage. Could not ask for better pricing or better service. I highly recommend South Coast Surety to meet a wide range of Bonding needs.

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Udo G. - NJ
January 2018

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Celebrating 25 Years of Committed Surety Service

South Coast Surety has been proudly providing surety support to all fifty U.S. states for twenty years. Starting out as a small agency with a dream in San Clemente, California, we have steadily grown into one of the largest bond-only agencies in the nation. We write all commercial bonds and contract bonds for every American business and industry. Our greatest achievement is helping our clients grow their business alongside our own through coaching and obtaining larger bonding limits at the best rates. We work hard for our clients and take pride in bonding businesses that have been declined by our competitors.

South Coast Surety 25 Years
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