Effective January 1, 2016, the contractor’s licensing bond for California contractors, as required by Business & Professions Code section 7071.6, was increased from $12,000 to $15,000. Under section 7071.6, the bond must be in place before the Contractor’s State Licensing Board (“CSLB”) can issue an active license, reactive or inactive license, or renew an active license.

In California, the following are the requirements for a valid Contractor’s Licensing bond:

(a)              It must be written by a surety company licensed through the California Department of Insurance;

(b)             It must be in the amount of $15,000;

(c)              The business name and license number on the bond must correspond exactly with the business name and license number on the CSLB’s records;

(d)             It must have the signature of the attorney-in-fact for the surety;

(e)              It must be written on a form approved by the Attorney General’s office; and

(f)              It must be received at the CSLB’s headquarters office within 90 days of the effective date of the bond.



About Michael G. Kerbs

Michael Kerbs joined Reid & Hellyer in 1987 and has spent the entirety of his 22-year legal career with the firm. A 15-year partner, he was nominated as president of the firm in 2009. Michael practices business and real estate litigation as well as writs and appeals. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego, obtaining his B.A. in 1984 and his J.D. in 1987, graduating magna cum laude after serving as an editor of the San Diego Law Review. He can be reached at mkerbs@rhlaw.com and via phone at (951) 682-1771.



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