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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!

How to Get a Car Dealer's License in Texas

How to Get a Car Dealer's License in Texas

Find out how to get a dealer’s license in Texas and start selling automobiles in the Lone Star State, including how to get the surety bond you need.

A Guide on How to Start a Business in NC

Learn all about how to start a business in NC, from developing a business...

How to Get a Florida Public Adjuster’s License: Everything You Need to Know

What is a Florida public adjuster, and how can you become one? Learn all...

Surety Bond Companies & What They Do

How Do You Choose a Surety Bond Company? Choosing a specialized surety agency...

Recent Blogs

What Does "Treasury Listed Surety" Mean?

What Does "Treasury Listed Surety" Mean?

The purpose of treasury listing (the "T-List") for sureties is to ensure that the surety backing your bond has met certain financial criteria set by the federal government.

Georgia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Guide

Georgia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Guide

Any business or individual seeking to become licensed to sell or otherwise deal in used motor vehicle transactions in the state of Georgia must furnish a dealer surety bond to the state.

Fuel Tax Surety Bonds

Fuel tax surety bonds are required in almost every state for businesses that...

What is a Business Service Bond?

Business service surety bonds (a kind of fidelity bond) are recommended for...

Becoming an Auto Dealer in New York

If you sell more than 5 vehicles in a year in New York, you need to be...

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

Freight Broker Bonds – Filing & Registering with the FMCSA
Freight Broker Bonds – Filing & Registering with the FMCSA

Find out more about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) required surety bonds for freight forwarder or broker of freight registration.

How to Become a Licensed Ocean Freight Forwarder
How to Become a Licensed Ocean Freight Forwarder

What does an ocean freight forwarder do, and how does a business become licensed as an ocean freight forwarder? Find out the answers.

How to Get a Freight Broker License
How to Get a Freight Broker License

Many individuals looking for an interesting and profitable career in logistics consider becoming 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.

For Contractors

What Is a Bonded Contractor?
What Is a Bonded Contractor?

What is a bonded contractor and why is it important that contractors have a surety bond? These are the facts you need to know.

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.

For Auto Dealers

Georgia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Guide
Georgia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Guide

Any business or individual seeking to become licensed to sell or otherwise deal in used motor vehicle transactions in the state of Georgia must furnish a dealer surety bond to the state.

Becoming an Auto Dealer in New York
Becoming an Auto Dealer in New York

Anyone who sells more than 5 vehicles per year in New York is required to have a surety bond to be a licensed auto dealer.

Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Bonds
Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Bonds

Anyone in Florida engaged in the business of buying, selling, or dealing in motor vehicles or offering or displaying motor vehicles for sale must be a licensed dealer.

How to Get Car Dealership Auction Access
How to Get Car Dealership Auction Access

What’s the deal with auction access? What are the qualifications? We break down the requirements for access as a dealer or private buyer.

For Insurance Professionals

What Is a Surplus Lines Broker?
What Is a Surplus Lines Broker?

Surplus lines brokers provide access to high-risk coverages from non-admitted insurers and have additional requirements beyond typical admitted insurers.

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 Become a DME Supplier
How to Become a DME Supplier

Wondering how to become a DME supplier? Want to supply medical equipment to your community? Here’s what you need to know.

California Cannabis Bonds – Different Types, Agency Requirements, and More
California Cannabis Bonds – Different Types, Agency Requirements, and More

Cannabis isn’t just another consumer good: many different California regulations affect how, where, when, and by whom cannabis can be sold.

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

For Mortgage/Loan Originators and Brokers

Mortgage Bonds & the NMLS
Mortgage Bonds & the NMLS

Find out about the NMLS filing process which most often utilizes e-filed bonds instead of traditional printed paper documents.

What Is a Mortgage Broker?
What Is a Mortgage Broker?

What is a mortgage broker, and how do they help people get a mortgage for their homes?

Licensing Requirements for Mortgage Loan Originators
Licensing Requirements for Mortgage Loan Originators

Under which circumstances are probate bonds required? Are surety bonds always required?

How to Become a Mortgage Broker
How to Become a Mortgage Broker

Becoming a mortgage broker can be a fun and highly fulfilling career.

For Probate Court Matters

What Is Probate Court?
What Is Probate Court?

Under which circumstances are probate bonds required? Are surety bonds always required?

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.