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A Guideline for Completing Final Bonds

General Rules for Executing Performance and Payment Bonds

Please note that both Performance Bond and Payment Bond forms may default to print on legal-size paper and so you may wish to adjust your printer options accordingly. You may “shrink down” these bond forms from legal- to letter-size as long as nothing gets cuts off.

Some obliged require more than one original set of bonds for project; (please note 1 Performance Bond + 1 Payment Bond = 1 Set of Bonds).

Once you have received your original sets of bonds from your surety agent, please ensure that your office follows the guidelines in our Subcontractor Bond Forms Checklist to complete the Subcontractor’s portion of each bond.

BOTH (Sub) Contractor’s signing agent and Surety’s signing agent must include an original notary acknowledgment on an All-Purpose Acknowledgement form with each bond, Blank California All-Purpose Acknowledgment form for your notary’s reference as well.

Very important: If you or your bonding company is NOT in California, then please refer to All-Purpose Acknowledgment form with Tools of Trade (Out of State) attachment. Out of State notary acknowledgments on California All-Purpose Acknowledgment form will not be accepted

Please note that both All-Purpose Acknowledgment forms referenced above are only samples of acceptable forms of notarization and your notary is welcome to use their own All-Purpose Acknowledgment type of form.

To finalize a complete set of bonds must consist of and include the following:

• Original Performance Bond face page

• Original Power of Attorney dated same date as Performance Bond with Surety’s legibly embossed corporate seal (Surety’s ink seal is not enough)

• Original All-Purpose Notary Acknowledgment from Subcontractor’s signing agent

• Original All-Purpose Notary Acknowledgment from Surety signing agent (Attorney-in-Fact)

AND

• Original Payment Bond face page

• Original Power of Attorney dated same date as Payment Bond with Surety’s legibly embossed corporate seal (Surety’s ink seal is not enough)

• Original All-Purpose Notary Acknowledgment from Subcontractor’s signing agent

• Original All-Purpose Notary Acknowledgment from Surety signing agent (Attorney-in-Fact)

Always note instructions if provided as cover page with bond forms.