Freight Broker Bond (formerly known as ICC bond)

This bond requirement was originally put in place in the 1930’s to protect shippers who do business with brokers. In the 1970’s the bond requirement was set at $10,000 where it remained until congress passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act (MAP-21 for short).

The Bryant Surety No Collateral 75K Freight Broker Bond Program:

We were able to take our strong $10,000 BMC-84 program and use its success to negotiate an incredible $75,000 program that will help prevent those fears from becoming reality.

Some of the Highlights:

  • An A-Rated, T-Listed Surety backing your bond
  • Apply online or use our Simple One Page Application
  • No collateral for all credit types
  • No business financials required
  • No personal financial statements required
  • No net worth requirements
  • No spousal Indemnity required
  • New Businesses are welcome
  • Yes to credit scores all the way down to the low 500’s
  • Yes to Non US Citizens

Best of all, our online system will provide you with a no obligation instant approval.

Why does an A-rate, T-listed Surety Matter?

In addition to the provisions that affect trucking directly, there are also many provisions in MAP-21 that increase oversight of sureties, and particularly trusts, by the FMCSA. In short, they require that financial security consist of assets readily available for claim payment. Personal Guarantees and pledged accounts receivable do not qualify. By placing your bond through an A-rated, T-listed surety we can guarantee our bonds will be accepted by the FMCSA without any issues.

The $75,000 BMC-84

Passed on June 29, 2012, and signed by the president on July 6th of the same year, MAP-21 is 599 pages of legislation that includes numerous provisions that directly affect interstate trucking companies and intermediaries.

One of the most talked about provisions is the requirement that freight brokers increase the amount of the bond/trust that they post for their license from $10,000 to $75,000. In addition Freight Forwarders, who were never subject to this requirement, must now also fulfill this $75K requirement. This bond must be in place on October 1, 2013.

The main reason this provision is so talked about is the fear of what this increase could mean to the “Mom & Pop” or midsized brokerage. Will they be forced out? Will bonding company’s requirements for approval be so high they will not qualify? Will they be required to collateralize the bond in an amount that cripples the way they are able to operate?

$25,000 Household Goods Broker Bond

Starting January 1, 2012 the FMCSA will require all household goods brokers to submit a $25,000 bond. No license will be issued until this requirement is fulfilled.

What's the Cost of the Freight Broker Bond?

We created this freight broker bond cost guide to help you get an estimate of your expected costs. Alternatively, if you know your personal credit score, you can use our surety bond cost calculator below.

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  • Bond: $75,000 Freight Broker Bond
  • Obligee: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration1200 New Jersey AvenueSE, Suite W60-300 Washington, DC 20590
  • Form: BMC-84 (electronically filed with the FMCSA)
  • Amount: $75,000 (as of 10/1/2013)


  • Bond: Household Goods Broker Bond
  • Obligee: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration1200 New Jersey AvenueSE, Suite W60-300 Washington, DC 20590
  • Form: BMC-84 (electronically filed with the FMCSA)
  • Amount: $25,000