What is a telemarketing bond?

A telemarketing bond is a type of license and permit bond which is required in most states for telemarketing companies that operate there, even if they are not located there. This bond typically is a licensing requirement and without it telemarketers cannot get licensed and operate legally.

What’s the purpose of this bond?

The purpose of this bond is to protect the public from telemarketing fraud, abuse, and other violations of state regulations. The telemarketing bond guarantees that bonded telemarketers and companies will comply with state regulations and only engage in honest and legitimate telemarketing practices.

If a telemarketer or company are found to have violated regulations by, for example, calling people who are on the National "Do Not Call Registry," then a claim can be made against their bond and claimants are compensated. Since telemarketing regulations are usually quite lengthy and complicated, these bonds can also offer protection in cases when telemarketers break regulations due to oversight rather than ill will.

Telemarketing bonds are necessary for every state in which a telemarketer is calling if such regulations are in place in those particular states. In other words, you will need 5 telemarketing bonds if you intend to solicit in, say, Texas, Utah, New York, California, and Arizona. They are required upon getting licensed as a telemarketer in that state.

See the sections below for more information about the cost of your surety bond, and how to get bonded! If you are new to surety bonds, see our detailed "What is a surety bond" guide!

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Telemarketing Bond Cost

The cost of a telemarketing bond depends on the amount of the bond. For example, telemarketing bonds’ amounts in Arizona and California are $100,000, while in Florida and Ohio they are $50,000, $25,000 in New York, and $10,000 in Texas.

How is bond cost determined?

The cost of your telemarketing bond is a percentage of the amount of your bond. This percentage, or premium, is usually determined by sureties on the basis of your personal credit score as the most important factor. If you don’t know the amount of a bond for a particular state, it is always best to contact the relevant authorities in that state.

Applicants who have a high credit score, around or above 700 FICO, usually receive so-called standard market rates. These rates are often between 1%-4% of the total bond amount, though they may vary depending on the type of solicitation that you will be doing. Different types of telemarketing are more or less risky and the surety which backs your bond will also take this into account when determining your rate.

Your surety bond’s cost is influenced by other financial and business factors as well. Check out our extensive surety bond cost guide if you would like to find out more about other things sureties take into account when determining your rate, and how you can get a better one!

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Can I get bonded if I have a low credit score?

Since bad credit applicants are seen as a greater risk for sureties to underwrite, getting a bond if you have low credit is slightly more expensive. Rates for such applicants vary between 5%-10% of the total bond amount.

Yet, your bond cost is not set in stone, and by improving your credit score and other financial indicators, you can get increasingly better bond rates!

How to Get Your Telemarketing Bond

To get started with your bond application, complete our online form first! We’ll then provide you with a free and exact quote on your bond, along with further details about the bonding process.

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Find the Bond You Need

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Alabama Telemarketing Office of the Attorney General Apply Now
Alabama Telemarketing Bond Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protectio Apply Now
Arizona Telephone Solicitation Attorney General Apply Now
Arkansas Telephonic Seller Office of the Attorney General Apply Now
California Telephonic Seller Bond Attorney General's Office Apply Now
Delaware Telemarketing Registration and Fraud Prevention Ac Director Of The Consumer Protection Unit Of The DE Apply Now
Florida Telemarketing Bond Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apply Now
Georgia Charitable Solicitations Act Paid Solicitor Regist Georgia Secretary of State Apply Now
Hawaii Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Department of the Attorney General - Tax Division Apply Now
Illinois Professional Fund Raiser IL Office of the Attorney General Apply Now
Kentucky Professional Solicitor State of Kentucky Attorney General Apply Now
Kentucky Telemarketing Company Bond Attorney General Apply Now
Local Government Telemarketing Bond Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protectio Apply Now
Louisiana Professional Solicitor Louisiana Dept of Justice Apply Now
Maine Transient Seller of Consumer Merchandise Bond OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL REGULATION Apply Now
Maryland Surety Bond for Professional Solicitors & Public S State of Maryland, Office of the Secretary of Stat Apply Now
Maryland Door to Door Solicitor License Performance Bond Prince George's County Apply Now
Massachusetts Bond for Professional Solicitors and Commerical Co The Commonwealth of MA - Office of the Attorney Ge Apply Now
Mississippi No Call Program Mississippi Public Service Commission Apply Now
Mississippi Telephone Seller Bond Attorney General Apply Now
New Hampshire Charitable Solicitor State of New Hampshire Apply Now
New Mexico Professional Fundraiser New Mexico - Office of the Attorney General Apply Now
New York Telemarketing Bond Department of State, Division of Licensing Apply Now
Ohio Bond for Professional Solicitor Charitable Law Apply Now
Ohio Telephone Solicitor Ohio Attorney General Apply Now
Oklahoma Telemarketing Office of The Attorney General Apply Now
Pennsylvania BOND - FORM BCO-160 Department of State Apply Now
Pennsylvania Telemarketing Bond Department of State Apply Now
Rhode Island Professional Solicitor or Fund Raising Counsel Dept of Business Regulation Apply Now
Rhode Island Telemarketer Solicitation Dept of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit Apply Now
South Carolina Professional Solicitor's State of South Carolina Apply Now
Tennessee Professional Solicitor Bond Tennessee Secretary of State Apply Now
Texas Telephone Solicitation Office of Attorney General Apply Now
Texas Commercial Telephone Solicitor Charitable Trust Section Consumer Protection Divis Apply Now
Texas Public Safety Organization, Independent Promoter Texas - Office of Attorney General Apply Now
Utah Telemarketing/Phone Solicitor Surety Office of The Attorney General Apply Now
Virginia Professional Solicitor Form 105 Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Apply Now
West Virginia Prof. Fund-Raising Counsels & Prof. Solicitors Secretary of State Apply Now
West Virginia Office of Telemarketing Registration Corporate Secretary Tax and Revenue, W VA Dept. of Tax & R Apply Now

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.