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What is a Surety Bond?

What is a Surety Bond?

Learn the surety bond basics with an easy-to-read overview of surety. You'll be an expert in no time!

Understanding the Role of Surety Bond Companies

Understanding the Role of Surety Bond Companies

What role do surety bond companies play in the business and legal transactions that keep our world running?

What Does a Freight Broker Do?

Understand freight brokers' role in the shipping industry, freight broker...

9 Things to Consider When Buying or Selling a Yacht in Florida

From choosing a broker with a Florida yacht broker license to conducting your...

Everything You Need to Know About the Surety Underwriting Process

From surety bond parties to premium rates, the surety underwriting process...

Recent Blogs

What Is a Bonded Title and Why Do I Need One?

What Is a Bonded Title and Why Do I Need One?

In some cases a seller may intentionally or accidentally sell the vehicle without the proper title paperwork. Under these circumstances the vehicle owner may need to a type of surety bond call a certificate of title bond.

The Role of a Legal Immigration Service Provider and How to Become One

The Role of a Legal Immigration Service Provider and How to Become One

To ensure that they conduct their business honestly, immigration service providers often have to obtain an immigration service surety bond.

How to Get an Insurance Broker License in California

Getting a California insurance broker license can be the start of an engaging...

How to Get a Surety Bond in Maryland

Wondering how to get a surety bond for your Maryland business? Here’s the...

Understanding Contractor's Licenses in the Carolinas

Find out about how to get a contractor's license in North Carolina or South...

FAQ

What is a fidelity bond?

A fidelity bond protects an employer from losses due to employee-dishonesty, or fraudulent acts, such as theft of monies or securities.

What is personal indemnity?

Indemnity is an agreement to provide financial reimbursement to another party in order to offset a loss or damage incurred. Surety companies require the indemnity of the owners of closely held businesses as part of the surety bond application. This ensures that the surety can access personal assets if required for reimbursement in the event of a loss.

Who prepares my surety bond form?

Surety Bonds Direct will prepare the required surety bond form on your behalf. The information required on the form will be pre-populated by our systems. In most cases, you will simply need to sign the bond form.

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For Freight Brokers

What Does a Freight Broker Do?
What Does a Freight Broker Do?

Understanding what freight brokers do and the role they play in the shipping industry is crucial for anyone who’s considering getting a freight broker license.

Key Differences Between Freight Brokers and Freight Forwarders
Key Differences Between Freight Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Both freight brokers and freight forwarders help arrange the transportation of cargo, but they do it via different methods and occupy different niches in the freight industry.

What Is a Federal Maritime Commission Surety Bond?
What Is a Federal Maritime Commission Surety Bond?

Which types of businesses are required to obtain surety bonds from the FMC and what businesses can expect when obtaining an FMC bond.

How to Become a Freight Broker
How to Become a Freight Broker

With a booming consumer-driven economy and an eCommerce landscape that’s growing at lightning speed with no signs of slowing anytime soon, there’s enormous demand for all things transport in 2019.

For Contractors

A Contractor's Guide to Overcoming Unforeseen Struggles Caused by COVID-19
A Contractor's Guide to Overcoming Unforeseen Struggles Caused by COVID-19

5 strategies to help contractors mitigate COVID-19 distruptions.

Why Every Construction Business Needs These 8 Essential Bonds and Insurance
Why Every Construction Business Needs These 8 Essential Bonds and Insurance

Bonds and insurance are an essential part of getting your contractor business up and running.

Payment Bonds vs. Performance Bonds
Payment Bonds vs. Performance Bonds

These two types of surety bonds are typically purchased together, but they perform two different and equally critical functions.

Steps on Getting a California Contractor's License
Steps on Getting a California Contractor's License

Become a licensed contractor in the state of California with the help of Surety Bonds Direct. Read this guide for step-by-step info on how to go about getting licensed the right way!

For Auto Dealers

Everything You Need to Know About Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds
Everything You Need to Know About Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds

Motor vehicle dealer surety bonds provide protection for customers, creditors, and governments.

How to Get a Motor Vehicle Dealer's License
How to Get a Motor Vehicle Dealer's License

Thinking about opening your own car dealership? Learn about how to navigate the process, get your bond, and get your license.

New Alabama $50,000 Surety Bond Requirement for Auto Dealers
New Alabama $50,000 Surety Bond Requirement for Auto Dealers

Alabama HB393 sets out new licensing requirements, fees, and increases the surety bond requirement to $50,000 for new and used Alabama Auto Dealers.

How to Get a Car Dealer's License Without a Lot
How to Get a Car Dealer's License Without a Lot

If you're just starting out in the car business a dealership without a lot might be an option for you.

For Insurance Professionals

Insurance Adjusters 101: Key Differences Between the Types of Adjusters
Insurance Adjusters 101: Key Differences Between the Types of Adjusters

There are different types of insurance adjusters and each one plays a different role in claims adjustment.

How to Get an Insurance Broker License in California
How to Get an Insurance Broker License in California

Getting a California insurance broker license can be the start of an engaging and lucrative career. These are the steps you’ll need to follow to do it.

How to Become a Public Adjuster
How to Become a Public Adjuster

If you like helping people and have a good eye for detail, becoming a public adjuster could be a great career path for you.

For the Medical Industry

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Business License in California
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Business License in California

The cannabis industry continues to grow into a major force in the California economy.

Why You Need a Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers Bond (and How to Get It)
Why You Need a Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers Bond (and How to Get It)

DMEPOS Medicare providers must enroll with the CMS before they can bill for covered Medicare services

A Dentist's Guide to Understanding DMEPOS Bonds
A Dentist's Guide to Understanding DMEPOS Bonds

Everything you need to know about getting a DMEPOS surety bond for your dental practice, from the general basics of surety bonds to how to apply for and file a DMEPOS bond.

2020 Guide to Medicare (DMEPOS) Surety Bonds and State Medicaid Surety Bonds
2020 Guide to Medicare (DMEPOS) Surety Bonds and State Medicaid Surety Bonds

Federal and state governments often require suppliers and other providers who bill Medicare and Medicaid for DMEPOS items.

For Probate Court Matters

What Is a Probate Bond?
What Is a Probate Bond?

Probate courts often require executors, administrators, trustees, and legal guardians to obtain surety bonds to ensure that appointed individual upholds her/his fiduciary responsibility.

Everything You Need to Know About Executor and Administrator Bonds
Everything You Need to Know About Executor and Administrator Bonds

To ensure that the executor or administrator’s obligations are carried out faithfully, probate courts often require executors and administrators to obtain special types of surety bonds.

What Is a Guardianship Bond?
What Is a Guardianship Bond?

We'll discuss the basics of guardianship bonds, including what a guardianship bond is, why many courts require guardianship bonds, and how much you can expect to pay when applying for a guardianship bond.

Surety Law: The Legal Concepts Behind Surety Bonds
Surety Law: The Legal Concepts Behind Surety Bonds

Without a firm understanding of the foundational concepts of surety bonds, a business's legal obligations may not always be clear.