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Florida Seller of Travel Bond

Florida Seller of Travel Bond

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Who Requires the Seller of Travel Bond and Why Is It Needed?

Travel agents in Florida must post a Seller of Travel surety bond in order to legally operate in the state. The surety bond is required by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The surety bond amount varies between $10,000 and $50,000 based on travel volume sold. Applicants should have the exact bond amount needed from the Department ready when requesting a quote.

The surety bond amounts (i.e. amount of the security) typically required are as follows:

$10,000 for newly established businesses, businesses under new ownership, or businesses under the same ownership and control for at least one year and that have less than $500,000 in gross annual sales.

$15,000 for businesses under the same ownership and control for at least one year with gross annual sales between $500,000 and $1,000,000.

$20,000 for businesses under the same ownership and control for at least one year with gross annual sales between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.

$50,000 for businesses that offer vacation certificates.

How Much Will My Surety Bond Cost?

Take 2 minutes to provide the basic information required to get the best rates for your Florida Seller of Travel Bond. The quote request is free and there is no obligation to you. If you prefer, please call 1‐800‐608‐9950 to speak with one of our friendly bond experts. We can help guide you through the bonding process and identify the lowest cost in the market for your situation.

If you are interested in spreading out the cost of your bond over time, we can offer convenient financing plans for many types of surety bonds. More information will be provided with your quote.

What Does the Bond Protect Against?

The bonded principal agrees to faithfully perform, fulfill or carryout any contract, agreement, or other arrangement as defined Sections 559.926-559.939, Florida Statutes. The surety bond protects any consumer who is injured by any of the following actions of the surety bonded principal as determined through administrative proceedings conducted before the Department;

  • Misrepresentation
  • Fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Financial failure, or
  • Violation of any provision of Sections 559.926-559.939, Florida Statutes, the Florida Sellers of Travel Act

This seller of travel surety bond is written in favor of the Department for the use and benefit of any traveler who is injured by the actions listed above. Liability may be enforced through an administrative action or by filing a judicial lawsuit in a court of competent jurisdiction. The bond is amenable to and enforceable only by and through administrative proceedings before the Department and covers only payments of claims duly adjudicated by order of the Department. The surety bond may be subject to successive actions but the aggregate liability does not exceed the stated amount of the bond.

In addition, the surety bond provided by a registrant or applicant shall be in favor of the department, with payment in the following order of priority: all expenses incurred in prosecuting the registrant in an administrative or civil action, including fees for attorneys and other professionals, court costs or other costs of the proceedings, and all other expenses incidental to the action; costs and expenses of investigation prior to the commencement of an administrative or civil action; unpaid administrative fines imposed by final order or civil penalty imposed by final judgment; damages or compensation for any financially harmed traveler.

What is Needed to Obtain My License or Registration?

Sellers of travel that do not offer vacation certificates must submit: 

  • A completed registration form,
  • Nonrefundable registration fee and
  • Proof of assurance in the form of a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $25,000. 

A seller of travel that do offer vacation certificates must submit:  

  • A completed registration form,
  • Nonrefundable registration fee and document submission fee and
  • Proof of assurance in the form of a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $50,000.

Surety Bonds Direct will ensure your surety bond is completed properly including appropriate seals, agent, carrier signatures and the authorized power of attorney. Please note the state requires original surety bond documents and copies will not be accepted. 




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