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How Can I Get a South Carolina Contract Surety Bond?

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Contracts are generally done through a solicitation procedure where an individual or company can bid on services, construction projects or goods. The process may include completion of a bid bond form, setting up as a vendor in a registry system, and other necessary requirements. Below are helpful links with details on contract processes.

Contract Bonds are often required by the federal government, local municipalities, counties, universities or private entities for contracts that have been awarded such as for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The process generally begins with a bidding process, and if a contractor is awarded the contract, a contract bond or payment and/or performance bond may be required.

Did You Know?

The Small Business Administration has a Bond Guarantee Program assist small business contractors bidding on projects.

Related Links:

Small Business Association Bond Guarantee Program
South Carolina Procurement Services
South Carolina Department of Transportation - Procurement Division
University of South Carolina - Purchasing Department Soliciations & Awards

Typical Surety Bond Types for Contracts:

Supply Bond: Guarantees that a supply company will deliver the materials within a specific time as outlined in the contract.

Bid Bond: Ensures that the contractor bidding on the project has met surety prequalifications. The bond confirms that if the contractor is the low bidder, the surety will issue the bond for performance and/or payment . This bond is also called a proposal guarantee bond.

Performance Bond: Guarantees that a contractor will perform the duties in a contract, which includes completion of the project on time, keeping within the budget and other requirements within the contract.

Maintenance Bond: Guarantees materials workmanship for a specific period of time after a project has been finished.

Payment Bond: Guarantees payments to subcontractors, suppliers and laborers for a project.

How Much Will My Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a South Carolina contract bond varies and is dependent on business and personal financial statements, scope of work, the amount of the project and other conditions. Bid bonds are most often issued at no cost to you.

More Surety Bond Questions?

Check out our FAQ page or What’s a Surety Bond? page. Should you need or choose to buy a surety bond, call us first. SuretyGroup.com has been underwriting surety bonds throughout the U.S. for more than 35 years. When you work with us, you enjoy the unique benefit of dealing with a team of highly experienced surety agents with in-house underwriting authority. This allows you to receive competitive, low rates, quick approvals, and immediate bond delivery. In most cases, your bond will be delivered within 24 hours after you apply for it.


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