What is a Surety Bondability Letter?

Author, Matt Gaynor, Director of Surety, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

A pen laying on a letter on a clipboard on a table.

When an owner or general contractor is looking to pre-qualify a contractor for a specific project, they will often request the contractor to submit a bondability letter from their bond agent. The bondability letter provides the owner with an assurance that the contractor has been underwritten and approved by a surety company for support of a specific project. The bondability letter is issued for no cost (it is regarded as a standard service provided by the bond agent).

The typical bondability letter contains the following information:

a.) How long the bond company has been providing bonding for the contractor,

b.) The A.M. Best rating of the bond company (typically required to be “A” or above),

c.) Confirms that the bond company is on the U.S. Treasury approved list, and that the bond company is licensed in the state where the work is to be performed,

d.) Provides the single and aggregate bond limits that the bond company will support the contractor,

e.) Includes contact information of the bond agent for follow-up if the owner or general contractor has additional questions.

Although the bondability letter is non-binding and does not provide the same assurance that a bid, performance, or payment bond would provide, it is still a useful pre-qualification tool that does not require the contractor to spend any money.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to pre-qualify your company with an owner, work with a Rancho Mesa Insurance for assistance with a bond program.