Bond Alternatives

Cashier’s Check or Bank-Certified Check

In lieu of filing a contractor bond, bond of qualifying individual, LLC employee/worker bond, or disciplinary bond with CSLB, effective January 1, 2019 CSLB will only be accepting a cashier’s check or bank-certified check as a bond alternative.

Alert symbol IMPORTANT: A deposit cannot be released until three (3) years after the expiration of the license period for which it provides coverage, or three (3) years following license inactivation, expiration, cancellation or revocation, whichever occurs first. {Section 7071.12, Business & Professions Code} Deposits are held in case a claim is filed against the deposit by a consumer. If CSLB is notified of a complaint relative to a claim against the deposit, the deposit will not be released until the complaint has been adjudicated.

Requirements for a Cashier's Check or Bank-Certified Check:

Please Note: Effective January 1, 2019, the Contractors State License Board will no longer accept certificates of deposit, savings account passbooks, savings and loan association investment certificates, or credit union certificates for funds in place of filing any of a licensee’s required bonds. This change is the result of Assembly Bill 3126 (Brough)

Anyone with a cash deposit on file that is not a cashier’s check must replace their deposit with a surety bond or a cashier’s check by January 1, 2020. The Board will attempt to contact these licensees to make the necessary alterations, but it is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure all licensing requirements are met.

  • The check must be in the amount of $15,000 for the contractor's bond and $12,500 for the bond of qualifying Individual. For a disciplinary bond, the check must be in the amount determined by the Registrar.
  • The check must state: "Payable to the Contractors State License Board."
  • The check must list the license number and exact business name as reflected in CSLB's records.
  • A check filed in place of a Bond of Qualifying Individual must list the qualifier's name.

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