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Overview of Indemnity Bonds
This is an umbrella term for all surety bonds that are conditioned upon the compliance of a bonded party with the terms of contract or with a set of obligations described in state or federal law.
These bonds are generally required of businesses when they apply for a business license or when they enter into some form of contractual obligations with another party.
Examples of indemnity surety bonds are most license and permit bonds, also known as commercial bonds. Auto dealers, construction contractors, mortgage and real estate brokers, travel agents and others often require such a bond in order to get licensed.
If a bonded party does not comply with the conditions of the bond or violates its legal and/or contractual obligations, a claim can be filed against their bond. Such a claim is intended to reimburse those parties who suffer losses or damages as a result of such a violation.
Compensation under a surety bond claim can be as high as the full amount of the bond - the so-called penal sum.
See our ‘What is a surety bond’ guide for detailed information on how bonds work and why they are required!
The sections below will provide you with examples of popular types of bonds in this category, an explanation about the difference between these and other bonds, how much your bond might cost, and what may give rise to a bond claim.
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Most Popular Indemnity Bonds
These are some of the most popular bonds within this category:
Auto dealer bond
Contractor license bond
Insurance broker bond
Mortgage broker bond
Difference with Other Types of Bonds
The only significant difference between these bonds and other bonds, such as financial guarantee bonds, is that the former are conditioned on the execution of mostly non-financial obligations, whereas the latter are required for businesses who have financial obligations that require some form of guarantee.
In other words, the basis of the bond agreement for indemnity bonds is to provide compensation for instances in which the actions of the bonded party lead to losses or damages for another party - the public or the state.
For example, if a contractor does not perform according to contract by either delaying a project or defaulting on the contract altogether, their performance bond will serve as a financial guarantee that losses borne by the project owner as a result of such actions will be covered.
Like all bonds, bonds in this category are conditioned upon specific obligations on the side of the bonded party. For some bonds, limitations may apply as to the period within which a claim can be made against the bond.
Cost of Your Bond
Surety bond cost is a percentage of the total amount of any given bond. This percentage is determined by sureties when you apply for a bond. The surety primarily examines your credit score, along with other personal financial indicators such as your financial statements, and more. Depending on how high or low your score is, you are offered a rate on your bond at which you can obtain it.
Surety bond amounts vary from bond type to bond type, and from state to state. For example, auto dealers in Colorado must obtain a $50,000 bond, while dealers in Wyoming require a $25,000 bond. The cost of getting either of these bonds will be a fraction of the full amount. For applicants with very or relatively high credit scores, the cost of getting bonded is typically between 1% and 5% of the amount.
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