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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

IFTA Tax Requirements And IFTA Bond Requirements

IFTA Tax Requirements And IFTA Bond Requirements

The IFTA fuel tax was put in place to give each state a fair share of fuel tax revenue. Here are the requirements including the surety bond some states require.

The 4 Steps To Get Your Electrician License In South Carolina

The 4 Steps To Get Your Electrician License In South Carolina

Learn the 4 steps to getting your electrician license in South Carolina. This post will make getting through the state's requirements easy to follow.

NVOCC vs Freight Forwarder: The 5 Major Differences And How To Get Licensed

An NVOCC and Ocean Freight Forwarder may seem the same. But they're...

Lottery Bonds For Lottery Ticket and Game Retailers

Drive up revenue in your convenience store, gas station, or business by...

Oversize Load And Overweight Permits To Transport Loads In Texas

Transporting heavy loads across Texas require special permits based on the...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Types of Surety Bonds Needed for the Auto Industry
Types of Surety Bonds Needed for the Auto Industry

Surety bonds are a common requirement for many kinds of businesses that deal with automobile sales and service.

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

Why Do Surety Bond Costs Vary So Much?
Why Do Surety Bond Costs Vary So Much?

Review the key factors that impact surety bond prices and specifics on how each factor affects the price you will pay for the bond.

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.

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.

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?

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.