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Paperless Bonds Process

The Surety Bonds & Accounts Team (SBAT) has started to process and store bond documents electronically. With this process, each and every attachment submitted for a new continuous bond, termination request, bond rider, rejection must be converted into a TIF format. It is requested that bond applications submitted as email attachments utilize the TIF formats with a dpi no larger than 300. The Revenue Division SBAT recommends that filers submit bond applications via email and consolidate all documents in a single attachment

Continuous bond submissions should be scanned and submitted in the following order: CBP Form 301 (1st page), CBP Form 301 (2nd page), bond application, and any other documents, i.e. power of attorney, partnership papers, etc. Please submit only one copy of the CBP Form 301. Multiple copies are not necessary. Although not a requirement at this time, the SBAT anticipates that at some future date all bond submissions will be required to conform to these specifications.

General questions about bond processing, as well as specific questions about the status of a particular bond application should be directed to (317) 614-4880, or via email to bondquestions@cbp.dhs.gov.

The SBAT is now notifying sureties of approved bond submissions via email. A limited number of notifications will continue to be issued via U.S. postal mail. Sureties that do not participate in receiving notifications of approved submissions via email should anticipate a maximum of six (6) months to receive notification of approved bond copies than sureties who are notified via email. Notification of approved bond submissions via email should be beneficial not only to CBP, but also to the Trade community. The paperless bond process will reduce the amount of paper used, enhance the quality of the imaged processed bonds and also expedite the notification of processed bonds.

Last modified: 
April 27, 2018