Each company registered under the provisions of this chapter shall maintain a bond executed by an admitted surety insurer in the amount of twelve thousand five hundred dollars ($12,500). Another method of deposit, including a certificate of deposit, or other undertaking shall not satisfy this requirement.
(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 218, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2014.)
The bonds required by this article shall be in favor of the State of California for the benefit of any person who, after entering into a contract with a registered company, is damaged by fraud or dishonesty of the registered company in the performance of the contract, or any person who is damaged as a result of a violation of this chapter by the registered company.
(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 93. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)
(a) If, after a hearing conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, a license or company registration is suspended or revoked upon the grounds set forth in Article 7 (commencing with Section 8620), the registrar shall require the applicant, licensee, or registered company, as a condition to the issuance, reissuance, or restoration of the license or company registration, to file a surety bond in the sum to be determined by the registrar based upon the seriousness of the violation, but the sum shall not be less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
(b) The bond required by this section shall be in addition to the bond required by Section 8697 of this article.
(c) Each applicant, licensee, or registered company required to maintain a bond of the type provided in this section shall post the bond with the registrar for a period of at least two years and during the additional time as there may be unsatisfied claims outstanding against the same.
(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 218, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2014.)
Upon failure of a licensee or registered company to maintain in full force and effect any bond required by this article the registrar shall issue an order suspending or revoking the license or company registration, which shall not be reinstated until a new bond is filed.
(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 95. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)