How do I get a bond?
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What is a surety bond?
There are two categories of surety bonds:
Contract Surety Bonds
Contract Surety Bonds provide financial security and construction assurance on building and construction projects by assuring the project owner (obligee) that the contractor (principal) will perform the work and pay certain subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers.
Contract surety bonds include:
Bid bonds, which provide financial assurance that the bid has been submitted in good faith, and that the contractor intends to enter into the contract at the price bid and provide the required performance and payment bonds.
Performance bonds, which protect the owner from financial loss should the contractor fail to perform the contract in accordance with its terms and conditions.
Payment bonds, which guarantee that the contractor will pay certain subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers associated with the project.
Maintenance bonds, which normally guarantee against defective workmanship or materials for a specified period.
Subdivision bonds, which guarantee to a city, county, or state that the principal will finance and construct certain improvements such as street, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, sewer, and drainage systems.
Commercial Surety Bonds
Commercial Surety Bonds guarantee performance by the principal of the obligation or undertaking described in the bond.
Commercial surety includes:
License and permit bonds, which are required by state law or local regulations in order to obtain a license or permit to engage in a particular business, e.g. contractors, motor vehicle dealers, securities dealers
Blue Sky bonds, employment agencies, health spas, grain warehouses, liquor, and sales tax;
Judicial and probate bonds, also referred to as fiduciary bonds, secure the performance on fiduciaries’ duties and compliance with court order, e.g. administrators, executors, guardians, trustees of a will, liquidators, receivers, and masters. Judicial proceedings court bonds include injunction, appeal, indemnity to sheriff, mechanic’s lien, attachment, replevin, and admiralty;
Public official bonds, which guarantee the performance of duty by a public official, e.g. treasurers, tax collectors, sheriffs, judges, court clerks, and notaries;
Federal (non-contract) bonds are those required by the federal government, e.g. Medicare and Medicaid providers, customs, immigrants, excise, and alcoholic beverage;
Miscellaneous bonds, e.g. lost securities, lease, guarantee payment of utility bills, to guarantee employer contributions for Union fringe benefits, and workers compensation for self-insurers;
The following publications provide further information on surety bonds:
The Basic Bond Book (published by NASBP/AGC) – Contact the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP); (202) 686-3700.
Glossary – Fidelity and Surety (published by SFAA).
Surety Bonds for Construction Contracts (published by ASCE Press)
Where can I find contract documents and standardized bond forms?
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Bond Forms and Contract Documents (Categorized by series number)
EJCDC Bond Forms and Contract Documents – Available from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
General Services Administration (GSA) Bid, Performance, and Payment Bond Forms and Contract Documents for public building construction
For information on ordering a binder of Suretymaster bond forms, e-mail request to Suretymaster of America (formerly Jennes Bond Forms)
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Contract Documents (Categorized by series number)
State Bond Forms can be accessed from some state Web sites [www.state.(insert 2-letter postal code).us]
CCH Insurance Services for a variety of surety and fidelity bond forms
Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) Standard Bond Form Numbering Index – searchable database of standard form numbers with bond form samples
How do I know I’m dealing with a reputable surety company?
Resources to help you learn more:
Surety Companies: What They Are and How to Find Out About Them
State Insurance Departments license companies that write surety bonds. The state in which the surety company is domiciled is responsible for performing periodic examinations of the company, and will usually have the most information about the surety.
The US Department of Treasury publishes a list of all surety companies qualified to write surety bonds on federal contracts.
SFAA’s Bond Authenticity Program can assist with verifying the authenticity of a surety bond.
Members of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers can provide information on surety companies and bonding requirements.
Rating organizations that analyze and rate insurance companies’ financial strength:
A.M. Best Company
Dun & Bradstreet
Moody’s Investors Service
Standard & Poor’s
Weiss Ratings, Inc.
Where can I find information on surety/insurance seminars, classes, and continuing education courses?
The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) conducts seminars and meetings throughout the year. Some offer CE credit.
The American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) and the Insurance Institute of America (IIA) offer coursework leading to professional designations and degrees such as Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB).
Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA) Virtual University provides articles and courses to increase your knowledge of insurance. No courses are filed for CE credit at this time.
International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) and WebCE offer several insurance training and CE courses.
The Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) continuing education (CE) program was developed by IRMI to make it much easier for insurance agents, brokers, CSRs, and in-house risk managers or insurance buyers to gain specialized expertise in construction insurance and risk management.
The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) offers educational seminars concentrating on the highly specialized field of reinsurance. Seminars focus on the complexities of reinsurance from the perspective of both buyer and seller.
How can I find out about state and federal legislation affecting surety?
The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA)
Public Works Bond Statutes (SFAA)
Construction Bonds on Public Projects (e-mail NASBP with request)
American Insurance Association
How do I find out about bonding an international project?
How can emerging or minority contractors get bonds?
SFAA’s Model Contractor Development Program
Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program
Contact the SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees
Contact an NASBP member producer in your state.
Where can I get information on subcontractor bonding?
Subcontractor Bonds – Needless Expense or Needed Protection? (SFAA)
Understanding Surety Bonding: A Guide for Subcontractors (NASBP)
Where can I find construction data?
FMI US Construction Market Update and US Market Construction Overview
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
CIT Construction Industry Forecast