High Risk Surety Bond Overview

Sureties consider a credit score of 650 FICO or lower "low" or "bad" credit. Sometimes, applicants with a score over 650 may also be considered "bad credit applicants" if they have tax liens or judgments against them.

Why are rates higher for applicants with low credit?

Bonding companies do not operate like insurance companies. Where an insurance company assumes a certain amount of claims on their policies, the surety bond industry assumes a 0% loss ratio.

With such strict guidelines, only those with good credit (at least a score of 650, often times higher is required), and a clean history (no bankruptcies, tax liens) are approved for low rates. For those who do not meet those criteria, there is an alternative.

For those with low credit or new businesses with no credit history, bonds are issued at higher rates. Rates for such applicants are higher than for applicants with high credit. Additionally, to get a bond with a low credit score, a small percentage of cash collateral is required to supplement the risk.

Please note: Only commercial bonds are issued for applicants with bad credit. Contract bonds (including performance bonds) are not available through this program.

How Much Do Bonds for Bad Credit Applicants Cost?

Rates for applicants who have a low credit score begin at 5% of the total bond amount and can be as high as 15%. The exact rate at which you can get bonded will be determined by the surety once you complete and submit a bond application form.

You can learn more about the factors that influence the cost of a bond through our bond cost guide!

How can I improve my rate?

You can get increasingly better rates on your bond by improving your credit score, and your personal and business financials. You can also improve your bond rate by resolving any tax liens, civil judgments, unpaid debt, etc.

How much will my bond cost?

You can get an estimate of the cost of your bond by using our bond calculator below! For a precise quote, complete our bond application form.

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About the author:
Todd Bryant
Todd Bryant is a graduate of Germantown Academy and the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration Honors College. He has been President of Bryant Surety Bonds, Inc., an A+ rated Business with the Better Business Bureau, since 2007. Licensed as a producer with the Department of Insurance, he has been published in the National Association of Surety Bond Producers newsletter and on numerous authoritative publications such as The Washington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Azcentral.com and many more.