A continuation certificate is an official document issued by a surety company to formally renew a previously issued and filed surety bond. Renewal filing instructions are always set by the entity requiring the bond (also known as the "obligee"). Obligees require continuation certificates to verify originally issued and filed bonds have been extended for subsequent terms.

Surety bonds should always be renewed at least 30 days before the new term starts to avoid potential licensing problems such as a lapse in coverage or late fees. Renewing your bond early with SuretyBonds.com ensures you and your obligee bond holder have plenty of time to file your required continuation certificate for the next term. Whenever you're ready to renew, you can pay your emailed renewal invoice online 24/7.

Once you pay your renewal invoice, we will issue and deliver your continuation certificate to you. Once you receive your official continuation certificate by mail or email, you'll need to file it directly with the obligee. We never ship continuation certificates to obligees as we cannot guarantee their delivery. 

If you have a question about the renewal process or need help renewing a bond at this time, call 1 (800) 308-4358 or email customercare@suretybonds.com, and one of our friendly representatives will walk you through the next steps.