Kentucky Surety Bonds Overview

Bryant Surety Bonds offers its customers every type of surety bond in the state of Kentucky. It’s our mission to provide the lowest bonding rates to everyone, which is possible thanks to our long-term partnership with some of the best bonding companies in the country. All of them are A-rated and T-listed, with excellent financial capacity.

Our Bad Credit Program is exclusively tailored to meet the needs of clients with less-than-perfect credit scores or other credit issues, such as civil judgments or tax liens. With our help, surety bonds in Kentucky are always within your reach.

The table below contains a comprehensive list of all surety bonds in the state, with the option to apply for the one you need directly. Scroll below the table for all the additional information you might need before getting bonded. Need help with your application? Call us at (866) 450-3412.

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".

  • Investment Advisor (Blue Sky) Bond
    Department of Financial
    Investment Advisors
  • Debt Consolidators Bond
    Office of the AG - Consumer Protection Division
    Debt Adjuster
  • Insurance Agents/Brokers Bond
    Office of Insurance, Agent Licensing Division
    Financial Responsibility
  • Mortgage Broker (1st & 2nd Mortgages) Bond
    Executive Director, Office of Financial Institutio
    Mortgage Loan Broker
  • Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond
    Executive Director, Office of Financial Institutio
    $250K Mortgage Loan Company
  • Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond
    Executive Director, Office of Financial Institutio
    $100K Mortgage Loan Company
  • Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond
    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Motor Vehicle Dealer
  • Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (Used Only, No New) Bond
    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Motor Vehicle Dealer
  • Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond
    Dept. of Vehicle Regulation Div. of Motor Carriers
    Highway Use
  • Sport Permits Bond
    Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commision
    Boxing and Wrestling Authority Promoter
  • Health Spas/Health Clubs Bond
    Attorney General Division of Consumer Protection
    Health Club
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Lexington Fayette Urban County
    Precious Metals Dealer
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Office of the Attorney General
    Transient Merchant
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Real Estate Appraisers Board
    Appraisal Management Company
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consum
    Buying Club Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Attorney General, Div. of Consumer Protection
    Vacation Club Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    City of Hardinsburg
    Precious Metals Dealer License Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    KY Division of Waste Management
    Waste Tire Registrants Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    City of Hardinsburg
    Pawnbroker License Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Commonwealth of Kentucky Dept. of Insurance
    Service Contract Provider/Obligor Performance Bond
  • Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond
    Department for Environmental Protection
    Performance Agreement for Waste Tire Registrants
  • Schools (All) Bond
    State Board for Proprietary Education
    Blanket Agent
  • Schools (All) Bond
    Kentucky Proprietary Board Education
  • Transportation Brokers Bond
    Commissioner of Finance
    Vehicle License Bond
  • Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond
    Department of Revenue Motor Fuels Tax Compliance
    Motor Fuel Tax Refund Permit Holder's
  • Fuel Tax (All Others, Sellers & Users) Bond
    KY Dept of Revenue Motor Fuels Tax Compliance
    Motor Fuels License
  • Miscellaneous Taxes Bond
    Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Utility Deposit Bond
    City of Henderson Utility Commission
    City of Henderson Utility Payment Bond
  • Money Transmitter Bond
    Department of Financial Institutions
    Deferred Deposit Service/Check Cashier
  • Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond
    State of Kentucky Attorney General
    Professional Solicitor
  • Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond
    Attorney General
    Telemarketing Company Bond
  • Appraisal Management
    Kentucky Board of Real Estate Appraisers
    Appraisal Management Company Bond

Types of Surety Bonds in Kentucky

There are three main categories of surety bonds in Kentucky. Regardless of which ones you need, Bryant Surety Bond can help.

Whether you own a business that needs a business license and a license bond, or a you’re a construction contractor who works on a project requiring construction bonds, you can rely on us. We also issue court bonds for those who need them.

Read the sections below to find out more about these three types of bonds.

Kentucky License Bonds

Many different businesses wishing to operate in Kentucky will need a license bond. The license bond is usually inseparable from the business license, and needs to be renewed at the same time.

The purposes of license bonds are many. First and foremost, they protect the clients of the bonded business. If the business commits fraud, or violates the bond agreement in some other way, the client can file a claim against the bond.

License bonds also protect the state, by making sure the business is run in accordance with state rules and regulations, such as paying taxes.

Some of the frequently requested license bonds are the Kentucky Motor Vehicle dealer bond, the freight broker bond, as well as the highway use tax bond, which is a type of tax bond.

Kentucky Construction Bonds

Often, when construction contractors want to place bids or work on large public projects, they are required to post several different types of construction bonds. Private project owners may choose to require them, too, as a way to protect their investment.

Every construction bond serves a different purpose, and more than one are frequently required together. Performance and payment bonds, for example, protect the project owner in case of contractor default. They also guarantee subcontractors, laborers, and suppliers that they will be paid for their services in a timely manner.

As is the case with other types of surety bonds, construction bonds can serve as the foundation for a claim, if the contractor defaults on the project or otherwise violates the contract.

Kentucky Court Bonds

The third category of bonds in the state are court bonds. They may be required if you are appealing a judgment made by a Kentucky court. If you have been appointed fiduciary by a probate court, you may also need to post a court bond.

Bryant Surety Bonds is there for you if you have any questions related to surety bonds. Call our agents at (866) 450-3412 and they will gladly help you out.

Surety Bond Cost in Kentucky

Understanding and calculating the cost of your surety bond isn’t difficult when you know the underlying concept behind them. You can think of them like insurance, but they protect your clients, instead of your business. And, unlike insurance, surety bond claims must be repaid by you to the surety company.

Similarly to insurance, you have a sum up to which someone can be compensated in case of an event described in the policy. In the case of surety bonds, this sum is called the total bond amount. Total bond amounts are different for different types of surety bonds, and are determined by the state.

The holder of the bond must pay a premium in order to receive the surety bond. This premium is no larger than a few percentage points of the total bond amount, especially for applicants with good credit score. Your personal credit score is by far the most important determinant of your bond premium. But bond underwriters take into account several different factors, such as:

  • Financial statements (both personal and business)
  • Assets and liquidity
  • Industry experience

If your credit score is good and you are financially stable, you can expect a premium between 1% and 4%.

People with bad credit– or people with no credit history– are considered a higher risk for the surety underwriters, because they are also legally responsible if a surety bond holder triggers a claim. Luckily, Bryant Surety Bonds offers an exclusive Bad Credit Program, through which even applicants with a compromised credit score or a spotty credit history can get the surety bond they need. The usual premiums in that case vary between 5% and 15%.

To get a rough estimate of your bond premium, you can use the surety bonds calculator in the right sidebar of this page. If you want to learn about bonding costs in even more detail, you can head to our “Surety Bond Cost” page.

Getting a Kentucky Surety Bond

Now that you have the most important information related to Kentucky Surety Bonds, you can apply online using our user-friendly application tool. You will be provided with instructions on what to do, but submitting it should take no longer than a few minutes.

If you prefer talking to a surety bonds agent for further assistance, do not hesitate to call us at (866) 450-3412. We are waiting for your call!

If you want to continue your reading, you can check out our “What is a Surety Bond?” page, or browse even more topics in the Education Center.