Washington Contractor License Bonds

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Washington Contractor License Bonds

February 22, 2021


Contractor license bonds protect the public from financial harm resulting from violations of licensing law committed by the contractor and their employees.

The State of Washington requires contractors to obtain specific surety bonds correlating with their license type. We have compiled comprehensive guides on these bonds to assist insurance agents in obtaining Washington contractor license bonds for their customers. Below are all of the contractor licensing bonds required by the State of Washington:

  • Contractor License

    • Average Cost:
      • Between $75 – $180 per year for the $6,000 bond
      • Between $100 – $360 per year for the $12,000 bond
    • Bond Amount:
      • $12,000 for General Contractors
      • $6,000 for Specialty Contractors
    • Who Needs It: All individuals and businesses that act as general or specialty contractors in the State of Washington
  • Electrical Contractor

    • Average Cost: $100 – $400 per year, based on the contractor’s credit score
    • Bond Amount: $4,000
    • Who Needs It: All individuals and businesses that act as electrical or telecommunications contractors in the State of Washington
  • Plumbing Contractor

    • Average Cost: Between $75 to $180 per year based on the applicant’s credit
    • Bond Amount: $6,000
    • Who Needs it: All individuals and businesses that act as plumbing contractors in the State of Washington

How Can an Insurance Agent Obtain a Surety Bond for Their Customer?

BondExchange makes obtaining a surety bond easy. Simply login to your account and use our keyword search to find the “contractor” bond in our database. Don’t have a login? Enroll now and let us help you satisfy your customers’ needs. Our friendly underwriting staff is available by phone (800) 438-1162, email or chat from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM EST to assist you.

At BondExchange, our 40 years of experience, leading technology, and access to markets ensures that we have the knowledge and resources to provide your clients with fast and friendly service whether obtaining quotes or issuing bonds.

What Other Insurance Products Can Agents Offer Contractors in Washington?

Washington requires contractors to purchase liability insurance. Bonds are our only business at BondExchange, so we do not issue any form of insurance, but our agents often utilize brokers for this specific line of business. A list of brokers in this space can be found here.

Washington Contractor License Bonds