Mechanical Contractor License Bond

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What is a mechanical contractor license bond?

Mechanical contractor license applicants in certain states must post a mechanical bond. A mechanical bond guarantees the state and the public financial protection if the contractor fails to follow all licensing regulations. For example, if a mechanical contractor fails to pay taxes, commits fraud, or breaks a contract with a client, they could face bond claims.

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Quick Takeaways

  • Mechanical contractors oversee mechanical projects that involve HVAC systems, piping, plumbing, and refrigeration for a building.
  • A mechanical contractor license bond guarantees financial protection for the state and the public if a contractor fails to follow all licensing regulations. 
  • Mechanical bonds are required as part of the contractor licensing process in various states.
  • Before starting projects, you may also need to pass a contractor exam and obtain permits in specific locations.

Who is considered a mechanical contractor?

Mechanical contractors oversee projects that involve HVAC systems, piping, plumbing, and refrigeration for a building. They often hire subcontractors as needed to complete tasks. They’re also responsible for keeping a project on budget and ensuring everything is installed correctly and on time.

Mechanical contractors must be licensed in various states to work on relevant projects. Sometimes a local or state government requires a surety bond as part of the licensing process.

How to Get Your State Mechanical Contractor License

Many states require you to obtain a license before performing mechanical services. With a license, you can hire subcontractors to assist with projects, bid on projects, and apply for permits when necessary. You may need a generic contractor’s license in addition to your mechanical or HVAC/R license to operate legally.

Generally, you must submit the following items to become licensed in your state:

  • Surety bond
  • Application
  • Fee
  • General liability insurance
  • Business information
  • Work experience

Before starting projects, you may also need to pass a contractor exam and obtain permits in specific locations. Remember to renew your license and bond annually (or as often as required in your state) before they expire to avoid issues. Your license could be revoked if inactive for too long.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Many states require mechanical bonds as part of the contractor licensing process. Mechanical contractor license applicants must obtain bonds in the following amounts:

  • Virginia: $1,000
  • Mississippi: $2,000
  • Oklahoma: $5,000
  • Kansas: $5,000
  • Iowa: $5,000
  • Missouri: $10,000
  • Alaska: $10,000
  • Texas: $15,000
  • Minnesota: $25,000
  • Tennessee: $25,000
  • South Carolina: $7,000 to $400,000

Mechanical bond costs vary. You’ll pay a small percentage of the bond amount required in your state. Mechanical bonds in Minnesota, for example, have a $175 premium. We don’t need to pull your credit for these bonds and can issue them instantly.

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Apply online today or connect with one of our team members by calling 888-435-4191 or emailing us at support@zipbonds.com. We’re more than happy to answer any of your questions or walk you through the application process.

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