Standard Bond Forms

Where can I find contract documents and standardized bond forms?

How do I know I’m dealing with a reputable surety company?

Most large property and casualty insurance companies have surety departments. In addition, there are some companies for which surety bonds make up all or most of their business. In either case, in order for a company to write a surety bond in the United States, it must be licensed by the insurance department of one or more states. Although there are some exceptions, generally a surety company must be licensed in the state in which it is doing business or by the state where the obligation guaranteed by the bond is being performed.

What is the Treasury List, or T-list, and how can I get a copy?

Circular 570: Federal Treasury Listing of Qualified Sureties, also known as the T-list, provides a list of all surety companies qualified to write bonds on federal contracts. Access the T-list online at

How do I get a bond?

Surety bonds are issued through surety bond producers, also known as agents and brokers, who are knowledgeable about the surety and construction industries. Surety bond producers usually work in agencies that specialize in surety bonds or in insurance agencies that have a sub-specialty in surety bonds.

The professional surety bond producer usually maintains a business relationship with several surety companies, which enables the producer to match a contractor with an appropriate surety company. A good surety company and surety bond producer will help a contractor maintain and increase its surety capacity. Names of producers specializing in surety bonds can be obtained from the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP). NASBP members adhere to professional standards that demonstrate professionalism, expertise, and innovation in surety bonding.

The following publications provide more information about obtaining a surety bond:

Where can I find information on surety/insurance seminars, classes, and continuing education courses?

How can I find out about state and federal legislation affecting surety?

Is it possible to file a bond electronically?

How do I find out about bonding an international project?

How can emerging or minority contractors get bonds?

Where can I get information on subcontractor bonding?

Where can I find construction data?

Where can I get surety industry statistics?

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