California Adjuster Bonds

July 8, 2024
By Cornerstone Staff

Everything You Need to Know About California Adjuster Bonds

‍The California Independent Adjuster Bond is an essential requirement for both public and private insurance adjusters in California. This article will delve into the specifics of this bond, its importance, cost, and how to go about acquiring it, with a special focus on how Cornerstone Surety Bonds can help make the process quick and stress-free.

Understanding the California Adjuster Bond

The California Department of Insurance mandates public and private insurance adjusters to possess a surety bond, known as the California Adjuster Bond. This bond is a legal agreement binding the adjuster (the principal), the state (the obligee), and a surety company. The bond ensures that adjusters will perform their duties ethically and in accordance with state laws and regulations.

The Purpose of the Bond

The primary purpose of the bond is to safeguard the interests of the public. It serves as a financial guarantee to compensate individuals who may suffer personal or financial losses due to the adjuster’s dishonest conduct or non-compliance with state laws. Should a valid claim be made against the bond, the surety company pays the claimant. However, the adjuster is then obliged to reimburse the surety company for anything that the surety had to pay out.

Who Requires a California Adjuster Bond?

There are two categories of insurance adjusters in California: public adjusters and independent adjusters.

Public Adjusters

Public adjusters represent individuals or businesses in their dealings with insurance companies. They are hired by policyholders to assist in filing a claim, estimating losses or damages, and negotiating claim settlements.

Independent Adjusters

Independent adjusters, on the other hand, are typically employed by insurance companies. They conduct investigations to determine the extent of the insurer’s liability in a claim.

Both public and independent adjusters need to be bonded to obtain their licenses in California.

The Cost

The premium depends on the type of adjuster.

Public adjusters in California are required to have a bond amounting to $20,000. The annual premium for this bond is typically around $200.

For independent adjusters, the bond amount is set at $2,000, with an annual premium of around $100.

These figures represent the general market rates, and we can typically beat these rates depending on your specific situation and information.

How to Get the Adjuster Bond in California

Acquiring a California Independent Adjuster Bond is a straightforward process. Tell us about your needs on the webform, we will provide you with a quote and secure your bonds, then you get to go back to focusing on business.

Cornerstone Surety Bonds: Your Partner in Quick and Stress-Free Bonding

When it comes to obtaining a California Adjuster Bond, Cornerstone Surety Bonds is a trusted partner. Offering a quick, streamlined process, we focus on getting you back to your work without unnecessary delays. Our efficient service ensures a stress-free bonding experience.

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