New Mexico Surety Bonds Overview

Bryant Surety Bonds is authorized to offer all types of New Mexico surety bonds. Our clients will benefit from our partnerships with over 20 A-rated and T-listed surety companies in the U.S., all of whom have been selected for their financial stability and trustworthiness.

For our clients, this means that they always get a surety bond from a top provider, so any obligee will happily accept it. It also means that applicants with a low credit score can get bonded by the same excellent surety bonds companies through our Bad Credit Program.

You can view a full list of New Mexico surety bonds in the table below. If you’re ready to apply, you can locate the bond you need and click the “Apply Now” button. If there are any considerations or questions you want to address, just call us at (866) 450-3412.

Below the table, we provide more information on surety bonds in New Mexico. If you’re unfamiliar with surety bonds, be sure to read our “What is a Surety Bond?” page.

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 Construction Industries Division Contractor License Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond NM Manufactured Housing Division Installer and/or Repairman License Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond Construction Industries Division Contractor License Code Bond Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Dept Modular Structure Certification Bond Apply Now
Contractor License Performance & Payment (State) Bond STATE OF NEW MEXICO Service Contract Provider Bond Apply Now
Collection Agency Bond Finance Institutions Division Collection Agency Corporate Bond Apply Now
Professional Fund Raisers Bond New Mexico - Office of the Attorney General Professional Fund Raisers Bond Apply Now
Insurance Adjusters Bond New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission Licensing Insurance Adjusters Surety Apply Now
Mortgage Broker (1st & 2nd Mortgages) Bond Director,Financial Institutions Division, Regulati Mortgage Loan Company Apply Now
Mortgage Lender/Banker (1st & 2nd Mort.) Bond State Of New Mexico MORTGAGE LOAN COMPANY CORPORATE SURETY BOND Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (New & Used) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Vehicle Dealer or Auto Recycler Apply Now
Auto & Mobile Home Dealers (Used Only, No New) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Vehicle Dealer or Auto Recycler Apply Now
Motor Vehicle (Non-Dealer, Not Listed) Bond Motor Vehicle Division Title Service Company Bond Apply Now
Sport Permits Bond State Athletic Commission Promoters of Professional Athletic Events Apply Now
Detectives Bond State of New Mexico PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR OR PRIVATE PATROL OPERATOR LI Apply Now
Employment Agencies Bond New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Employee Leasing Company Apply Now
Professional Licenses (All Other) Bond New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Employee Leasing Program Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond DOT - Traffic Safety Bureau Driver Training School Apply Now
Schools (All) Bond New Mexico Higher Education Department Private Postsecondary Institution Bond Apply Now
Contractors Tax (Single Contract) Bond State of New Mexico Contractors Taxation Surety Apply Now
Contractors Tax (Single Contract) Bond New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department Contractors Tax (Single Contract) Bond Apply Now
Utility Deposit Bond Public Service Company of New Mexico Utility Deposit Bond Apply Now
Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Bond New Mexico - Office of the Attorney General Professional Fundraiser Apply Now
Repossession Agent Bond Regulation and Licensing Department Repossessor's Company Corporate Apply Now
Appraisal Management State of New Mexico Appraisal Management Company Registration Apply Now

Types of Surety Bonds in New Mexico

Surety bonds, regardless of the state, can be divided into three main categories. It’s important to learn more about each one of them and the cases in which you may need each bond.

New Mexico License Bonds

The first category of surety bonds can be referred to by several different names: license bonds, license and permit bonds, or commercial bonds. As the name implies, license bonds are a mandatory requirement for certain businesses, without which they cannot hold a business license. A license bond has different purposes, but it’s most often a way to regulate businesses and make sure they conform to certain rules.

For example, auto dealerships must be bonded in most cases. Auto dealers in New Mexico need to post a New Mexico auto dealer bond, which guarantees compliance with state laws and regulations. It also protects car buyers in the state. Without it, their licenses are considered invalid.

Other bonds which are frequently required from New Mexico businesses are freight broker bonds, contractor license bonds, and mortgage broker bonds.

New Mexico Construction Bonds

This is a category of surety bonds pertaining only to construction contractors. Regardless of where you were registered as a contractor, if you work on a public project in New Mexico, you will usually need a construction bond before you place a bid. Sometimes private project owners may require construction bonds for work on their projects too.

Simply put, construction bonds protect the project owner and their investment, whether it’s the state or a private entity. Several types of construction bonds may be necessary, depending on the type of work you do.

Bid bonds are submitted along with the bid and guarantee that, in case you win the bid, you will take on the project and do it the way you described in the contract. Performance and payment bonds, on the other hand, might be necessary once you start working on the project. They make sure everything goes smoothly, i.e. that the contractor will not default, the project will be completed as agreed, and that all subcontractors, laborers and suppliers will receive timely pay.

New Mexico Court Bonds

This is the last category of surety bonds you need to know about. Court bonds might be required from a New Mexico court to guarantee the financial integrity and rightful conduct of one party during the proceeding and beyond.

An example of a court bond is the fiduciary bond, needed when someone is appointed guardian or fiduciary to another party’s funds. Another type of court bond, designed to discourage individuals for appealing court judgments without cause, is called an appeal bond. If the original judgment is kept, the appeal bond guarantees that the individual will pay what they were mandated to.

Surety Bond Cost in New Mexico

We make it easy for you to calculate your surety bond costs in advance. On your right side you can find a cost calculator, which will give you a rough estimate of how much your New Mexico surety bond will cost.

Each surety bond has a total bond amount listed on it. It refers to the amount up to which a business or an individual can be liable in case of a bond agreement breach and a successful claim against them. For example, if a New Mexico auto dealer sells a defective car to a client, and the client launches a successful claim, the dealer might be liable for up to $50,000 because that’s the amount listed on the bond. Total bond amounts are set by the obligee, i.e. a state or a local government or regulatory agency.

Luckily, those who need a surety bond in New Mexico, do not have to post the full bond amount in order to obtain the bond. Instead, they pay what is called a bond premium to the surety underwriter. The premium is just a fraction of the total bond amount and is set by the surety. What type of premium the surety will ask from an applicant depends mostly on their personal credit score. Some other factors can also play a role in premium calculation:

  • Financial strength
  • Personal assets and liquidity
  • Years of experience

If an applicant’s credit score is strong, they will likely qualify for the standard market rate of between 1% and 4% of the total bond amount.

Things are a bit more complicated for applicants with low credit scores. Surety bonds companies assume that these applicants pose a higher risk of claims and default. Since a bonding company carries legal responsibility for your claims, they will want to offset the higher risk with a higher premium on the bond.

Some bonding companies may even refuse to get an applicant bonded based on their credit score. Luckily, Bryant Surety Bonds offers a Bad Credit Surety Bond Program through which we get the majority of applicants bonded, using our usual financially strong bond providers. Premiums for bad credit applicants can go up to 15%.

Visit our Surety Bond Cost page where you can learn all about the factors that determine your bond premium, as well as some tips on how to qualify for a lower premium.

How to Get Bonded in New Mexico

Ready to apply for your New Mexico surety bond? We offer a fast and secure online application, which will take you through the whole process in just a few minutes.

All you have to do is fill in a few fields with information about your company, and you’ll be halfway on your way to completing your bonding process. You will receive a bond quote and information about additional documentation we may need you to submit, in order to finalize your application. When we’re done, will send you a copy of the bond via fax or email and the original bond agreement by post.

As always, our surety bonds are there for you– simply call us at (866) 450-3412. We are looking forward to your call!


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.