Sign contractor bonds
What is a sign contractor bond?
- Cities that license sign contractors require a bond to issue a license.
- The bond is an insurance contract between the contractor and the surety (bonding) company.
- The bond provides protection for the sign contractor’s customers and the cities.
Do I need a state bond?
- To obtain city licenses you must file a bond with each city, or file a bond with DLI.
- If you file a bond with DLI, the cities cannot require you to file a separate bond with them.
How do I file a state bond?
- Contact your insurance agent to find out how to obtain a bond.
- Download the sign bond forms and application forms (PDF).
- Once you receive the bond back from your insurance agent, sign it in front of a notary and mail it to DLI along with all the completed sign application forms and a filing fee of $100.
- Be sure to keep copies for your records.
What happens next?
- Once DLI has processed your application, your company’s name will appear on our online license lookup tool.
- Cities will use this lookup to verify your bonding status so you can get your city licenses.
- You will need to file a renewal every two years.
Is this a new requirement?
- Sign contractors have been allowed to file a state bond since 1998, but a recent change in the law created the application process requirement and $100 biannual filing fee.
Forms and details: