Arizona Surety Bonds Overview

When you apply for a business license in Arizona, you are likely to be required to obtain a surety bond. This bond serves as a guarantee that you will comply with your obligations and responsibilities as they are defined in state law.

Contractors who wish to perform on state construction projects are also frequently required to post a bond before they can begin work. These bonds guarantee their performance in accordance with contract conditions.

Why is a bond required?

Bonds function as protection for the state and its public. They are agreements between the following three parties:

  • The surety bond obligee - the party that requests the bond
  • The surety bond principal - the party that gets bonded
  • The bond company - the party which issues the bond and backs it financially

Every bond agreement lists various conditions which bond principals must comply with. These usually include compliance with state laws and the faithful execution of obligations and responsibilities. In other words, the bond agreement functions as a guarantee that the principal will conduct business in accordance with legal requirements.

If a principal violates the bond agreement, causing losses or damages, this can give rise to a claim against their bond. In this way, the bond provides protection to obligees and guarantees compensation.

Want to know more about how bonds work? See our detailed 'What is a surety bond' guide!

Are you ready to apply for your bond? Find the bond you need in the table below and follow the application link!

If you are still not sure what kind of Arizona surety bond you need to obtain, see the sections below!

Find the Bond You Need

The table below contains a list of only the most popular surety bonds. If you can't find yours, fill out our online application and select "Not in the list".

Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond The Registrar of Contractors Contractor License Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond City of Phoenix Right of Way Performance Bond Apply Now
Collection Agency Bond Dept of Financial Institutions Collection Agency Apply Now
Collection Agency Bond Collection Agency Bond Apply Now
Debt Consolidators Bond Arizona State Government Management Services Div. Credit Repair Services Bond Apply Now
Professional Fund Raisers Bond AZ Secretary of State Contracted Fundraiser Apply Now
Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond Director of Insurance Insurance Broker Apply Now
Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond State of Arizona Department of Insurance Administrator Bond Apply Now
Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond State of Arizona, Department of Treasury Health Care Card Provider Bond Apply Now
Mortgage Broker (1st & 2nd Mortgages) Bond Dept of Financial Institutions Mortgage Surety Bond Apply Now
Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond Superintendent, Dept of Financial Institutions Mortgage Banker Bond Apply Now
Real Estate Agents/Brokers Bond Department of Real Estate Real Estate Salesperson's/Broker's License Bond Apply Now
Title Insurance Agents & Escrow Officers Bond Arizona Dept of Financial Institutions Escrow Agent Bond Apply Now
Defective Title Bond Motor Vehicle Division Highway Department Defective Title Bond Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Vehicle Dealer Bond Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (Used Only, No New) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Vehicle Dealer Bond Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond State of Arizona, Office of Administration License / Mobile Home Dealer Bond Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Electronic Records Access Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond AZ State Boxing Commission Boxing Performance Apply Now
Detectives Bond Arizona Dept of Public Safety Private Investigators License Apply Now
Employment Agencies Bond The Industrial Commission of Arizona Employment Agency Bond Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Board of Appraisals Appraisal Management Company Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Department of Insurance Service Company Bond Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond City of Chandler Peddler's Permit Bond Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Arizona State Board of Pharmacy Prescription-Only Drug Wholesaler License Bond Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond City Of Mesa Peddler, Solicitor, Canvasser or Transient Merchan Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Arizona State Board for Postsecondary Education Private Postsecondary Education Bond Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Arizona State Board of Cosmetology Cosmetology School Bond Apply Now
Contractors Tax (Blanket Contracts) Bond Arizona Department of Revenue Taxpayer Bond for Contractor 42-5006 Apply Now
Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond MOTOR CARRIER TAX & SERVICES (MVD) Motor Fuel Supplier Bond Apply Now
Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond Motor Vehicle Division IFTA Apply Now
Miscellaneous Taxes Bond Arizona Dept Of Revenue: Taxpayer Information Taxpayer Bond for Contractor Apply Now
Compliance 3rd Party Bond Arizona Corporation Commission Utility Users Bond Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Arizona Public Service APS Electric Service Bond Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Salt River Project - Commercial Credit Dept. Salt River Project Utility Deposit Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Tucson Electric Utility Deposit Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Corporation Commission Bond for Utility Users Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE INC Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Utility Deposit Bo Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond City of Mesa: Attention Credit Services Payment of Utility Services Bond Apply Now
Financial Guarantee (All Other) Bond PrePass / HELP Financial Guarantee Bond Apply Now
Money Transmitter Bond State Of Arizona Money Transmitter Application Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond Attorney General Telephone Solicitation Apply Now
Non-Construction Performance Bond Arizona Corporate Commission License Bond Apply Now
Non-Construction Performance Bond Arizona Corporation Commissions Telecommunications Business License Bond Apply Now
Appraisal Management Arizona Board of Appraisal Appraisal Management Company Bond Apply Now

Types of Surety Bonds in Arizona

The following three general types of bonds are most commonly required in the state:

  • License and permit
  • Contract bonds
  • Court bonds

Find out more about all of these different surety bonds in the sections below!

License & Permit Bonds

License and permit bonds are a common requirement during the business licensing process. The main purpose of this type of bond is to guarantee that licensed businesses will comply with state laws.

Some of the most frequently acquired bonds in the state include the auto dealer bond, the mortgage broker bond as well as freight broker bonds. These are only some of the bonds that are required of businesses in the state.

To find out more about the cost of surety bonds, and about the difference between bond amount and bond cost, check the section below on surety bond cost.

Contract Bonds

Contract bonds are almost always required of contractors who wish to perform work on a construction project. For example, in order to submit a bid, a contractor may need to post a bid bond first. Similarly, when a contractor is awarded a construction contract, they may need to submit a performance bond before they can begin work.

The function of these bonds is to protect project owners, which may be the public and the state, as well as private owners. They guarantee that the contractor will comply with the various responsibilities they have when performing work. In this way, they protect project owners from losses due to contractor default and other violations.

Court Bonds

When an individual wants to appeal the decision of a court, they may be asked to present a court bond first. Similarly, when a court appoints anyone as a guardian or fiduciary, that person may need to submit a bond in order to assume this role.

If you have any questions about these bonds or need more information about the bond you require, call us at (866) 450-3412!

What's The Cost of a Surety Bond in Arizona?

Surety bond cost is determined by sureties, on the basis of a bond’s amount. The bond amount is the penal sum of the bond - i.e. the maximum amount of compensation that a surety will extend to obligees in the case of a legitimate claim against the bond.

The cost, or premium, of a bond is almost always a percentage of the total bond amount. So how high or low is this percentage? When assessing surety bond applicants, sureties take several financial factors into account.

Factors that determine the cost of your bond

The foremost criteria that sureties use in determining the rate for a bond is your personal credit score. The higher your score, the lower the cost of your bond will be. To get a better picture, sureties may also look at other financial factors such as:

  • Personal financial statements
  • Business financial statements
  • Industry experience
  • Other financially-related factors

Typically, rates for applicants who have a stellar or high credit score are between 1%-4% of the total bond amount. How much exactly depends on the particularities of every bond and application.

Applicants with a low credit score or scant credit record, on the other hand, typically need to pay somewhat higher rates to get bonded. This is because sureties perceive such applicants as presenting a higher risk. Rates for such applicants are typically between 5%-15% of the total amount. But by improving their credit and other financials, all such applicants can improve their bond rates significantly over time.

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How to Get Bonded in Arizona

Want to get an Arizona surety bond? Depending on the type of bond you are applying for, you will have to choose one of the two following options.

License bond application

To apply for a license and permit bond, complete our simple online application. Most license bonds are reviewed and approved fairly quickly, so you can expect your free surety bond quote within a short amount of time.

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Contract bond application

To apply for a contract bond, simply download and complete the appropriate online form and send it to us. Contract bonds usually take a bit more time to review but we’ll contact you with a free quote on your bond and more information as soon as we have processed your application.

If you have any questions about getting bonded in Arizona, call us at (866)-450-3412 anytime. We will be happy to provide you with further information and assistance.

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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.