ORDER NEW TAX PREPARER BOND HERE
CTEC requires California tax preparers to obtain a $5,000 surety bond. California Tax Preparer bonds are instant issue. No credit check is required. The bond will be emailed to you.
$25.00 - 1 year term $45.00 - 2 year term $50.00 - 3 year term $64.00 - 4 year term $80.00 - 5 year term
Renew your existing bond
If we issued your current bond and you need a copy of your renewal invoice or your continuation certificate, email us your name and bond number to [email protected]
Merchants Bonding Company will mail your renewal invoice about 60 days before your current bond expires.
Use the renewal link and code provided on your invoice to pay for your renewal by credit/debit card directly on the Merchants Bonding Company website.
If you have not received your renewal invoice for your current (unexpired) tax preparer bond, please contact Merchants Bonding Company at 800-678-8171. They will email you a Direct Renewal payment link to pay online. After they receive your payment, they will send you a continuation certificate that you will need to upload to CTEC. You will also need to update your bond expiration date in CTEC at that time.
TAX PREPARERS NEED BOND THAT IS CURRENTLY ACTIVE OR ACTIVE WITHIN THE NEXT 10 DAYS IN ORDER TO REGISTER WITH CTEC.
If you want to register with CTEC now and you don't already have an active bond on file with CTEC, use today's date the "effective date" for your bond when you enter your order information. Bonds dated for a future date will not be active until such date and may affect your CTEC registration.