§ 5-57-21. Surety bond.
(a) No license shall be issued under this chapter until the applicant files with the licensing authority a surety bond made payable to the state in the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) conditioned to recover against the principal, by reason of wrongful acts of a material nature knowingly engaged in by the licensee in the conduct of its business. No party other than the licensing authority shall recover against the bond required by this section. The surety bond must be written by a company authorized to do business in this state and approved by the licensing authority with respect to its form, manner of execution and sufficiency.
(b) Every licensee shall at all times maintain on file with the licensing authority the surety bond, in full force and effect, required by this chapter. Knowing and willful failure to do so shall be unlawful and punishable as provided in § 5-57-41.
(c) A bond executed and filed with the licensing authority pursuant to this chapter shall remain in force and effect until the surety has terminated future liability by notice to the licensing authority thirty (30) days in advance of termination.
(d) The sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in cash may be deposited with the state in lieu of the surety bond required by this chapter.
(P.L. 1977, ch. 248, § 1; P.L. 1978, ch. 119, § 1.)