Hawaii Surety Bonds Overview

Individuals who wish to obtain a business license in Hawaii are often required to provide a bond along with their application. Bonds are often also required of contractors before they are allowed to bid or perform on state, federal, or private construction projects.

Why do I need to get bonded?

A surety bond agreement is a financial guarantee that the bonded party will comply with certain legally-binding conditions. Bond conditions typically include the requirement to comply with responsibilities and obligations as specified in state laws and regulations.

If a bonded party violates the bond conditions by causing losses and damages to individuals or the state, a claim can be filed against their bond. Such a claim is then assessed by the surety, and proper compensation is made to the claimants. By doing this, the bond is a form of financial security.

If this is your first time getting bonded, see our 'What is a surety bond' guide for in-depth information about how bonds work, and why they are required.

Ready to apply for your bond? Get bonded straight away by finding your bond in the table below and clicking the ‘Apply’ button.

For more information about the types of surety bonds in Hawaii, how rates are determined and how you can get bonded, have a look at 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 Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Contractors License Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond City and County of Honolulu City of Honolulu Trenching Bond Apply Now
Investment Advisor (Blue Sky) Bond Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs BOND FOR INVESTMENT ADVISER IN SECURITIES Apply Now
Collection Agency Bond State of Hawaii Collection Agency Bond Apply Now
Professional Fund Raisers Bond Department of the Attorney General - Tax Division Professional Fund Raisers Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond Hawaii Insurance Division Public Adjuster Bond Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond Motor Vehicle Industry Board - Department of Comme Motor Vehicle Dealer Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (Used Only, No New) Bond Motor Vehicle Industry Board - Department of Comme Motor Vehicle Dealer Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond HI Mixed Martial Arts Program Promoter's Apply Now
Detectives Bond Board of Private Detectives & Guards Private Detective, Guard or Agency Apply Now
Employment Agencies Bond State of Hawaii Prof. Empl. Organiation Program Professional Employer Organization Bond Apply Now
Cemetery Permits Bond Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs Cemetery Authority Bond Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Activity Desk Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond DCCA Time Share Plan Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Dept of Education Community Education Center Private Trade, Vocational or Technical School Bond Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Prelicense Real Estate School and Continuing Edcua Apply Now
Money Transmitter Bond Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Money Transmitters License Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond Department of the Attorney General - Tax Division Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Apply Now

Types of Surety Bonds in Hawaii

When you apply to get bonded, you will likely be asked to obtain a bond from one of the following categories:

  • License and permit
  • Contract bonds
  • Court bonds

License & Permit Bonds

The state of Hawaii has a number of requirements and regulations concerning the licensing of businesses. Many businesses in the state are required to get a business license before they can operate legally. One of the requirements of getting licensed is for applicants to obtain a license and permit bond.

This type of bond serves as a guarantee that bonded businesses and individuals will perform business in compliance with state rules and regulations. The bond extends protection to the public in cases of fraud and dishonesty on the side of the business, and offers individuals financial compensation when they file a claim against the bond.

Among the most popular license bonds in the state are the auto dealer bond, the contractor license bond, and the freight broker bond. Apart from these, many other businesses in the state also need to get bonded.

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Contract Bonds

Contract bonds are bonds that contractors must obtain as a condition for commencing work on a construction project. They are sometimes also called construction bonds. This category includes bid bonds, payment and performance bonds, and maintenance bonds.

Whether a contractor needs to obtain a bond depends on the project and the contract conditions. Typically, state and federal construction projects require contractors to obtain one or a number of different contract bonds. The purpose of these bonds is to guarantee that Hawaii contractors will comply with state and federal requirements and regulations for contractors.

Court Bonds

A court bond is a type of bond requested of courts in any state when individuals appear before the court for a variety of reasons. For example, a Hawaii court may order someone to obtain a supersedeas bond when they wish to appeal a court ruling. Alternatively, someone appearing in front of a court to assume the role of someone’s fiduciary will be asked to obtain a fiduciary bond.

Need more information? Call us at (866)-450-3412 for any bond-related questions you have.

How Much Does a Surety Bond Cost in Hawaii?

Your bond rate – or surety bond premium – is the price you need to pay to obtain your bond. It is a percentage of the full amount of your bond.

The full bond amount is the maximum sum of compensation that your bond guarantees to anyone who files a claim against the bond.

How is the bond premium determined?

How high or low your premium will be is determined by the surety when it receives your surety bond application. Your personal credit score is the criteria that sureties always take into account as it is a reliable indicator of an applicant’s overall financial status. Sureties further consider:

  • An applicant’s financial statements
  • An applicant’s asset profile
  • An applicant’s work experience and record

Because credit scores are so reliable, rates often reflect how high or low an applicant’s score is. Applicants with a high credit score usually have to pay a rate between 1%-4% of the total amount, also known as a standard market rate.

Applicants with a lower credit score can also get bonded. Rates for such applicants range between 5%-15% of the bond amount. These higher rates are due to the increased risk that sureties perceive in issuing bonds to applicants who have a lower score.

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Get Your Hawaii Surety Bond

To apply for your surety bond, follow the instructions below, depending on the type of bond you require.

License bond application

To apply for a license and permit bond, simply complete and submit our online application. We will then provide you with a free and exact quote on your bond, and more information about completing the bonding process.

Not ready to apply? Then simply get a free no-obligations quote, so you can see our low prices!

Contract bond application

To apply for a contract bond, download and complete the online form you require, depending on your bond amount. Send your completed form to us and we will soon contact you with a quote and instructions for next steps.

If you have any questions about the bonding requirements in Hawaii, call us at (866)-450-3412!

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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.