The Ohio Attorney General requires telephone solicitors to file a $50,000 Telephone Solicitor Bond to be certified in the state. The Ohio Telephone Solicitor Bond is provided by Jet Insurance Company as a legal assurance to the Attorney General’s Office that the solicitor will abide by the rules and regulations of their registration. The surety bond may also act as restitution to Ohio’s citizens if they face financial loss at the hands of the telephone solicitor’s violations.
If you are registering for the first time or simply up for renewal, the Jet team can help you acquire the Telephone Solicitor Bond quickly and at an affordable price!
With Jet, prices for the $50,000 Telephone Solicitor Bond are based on a small percentage of the bond limit and a soft credit check of the applicant. Rates start at $500 for one year or $50 per month.
Once you have submitted your online bond application with us, one of Jet’s underwriters may contact you shortly after for additional business information, if needed. As soon as our review process is complete, an approved rate that includes various bond terms and a monthly payment option will be sent to you. These options are available for immediate purchase.
Our monthly payment option is exclusive to Jet and allows you the option of providing your payment information only once without the worry of a renewal process. Your Telephone Solicitor Bond will remain active for as long as you'd like!
The Attorney General’s Office oversees the licensing and overall regulation of businesses operating in the State of Ohio. This is done to ensure that the Ohio public and the state’s economy are protected.
The Telephone Solicitor Bond must be acquired by any individual that operates a telephone solicitation business first-hand or through one or more hired salespersons/telemarketers. This includes businesses operating from a location outside of Ohio to a resident of the state.
The licensing and surety bond requirements were put in place to provide an extra layer of accountability of the telephone solicitor when it comes to following the rules and regulations of their registration, as well as the associated state code. The surety bond acts as a financial guarantee and ensures that damaged parties will be compensated for their losses brought on by any violations of the telephone solicitor.
The Attorney General’s Office does allow exemptions to the registration and Telephone Solicitor Bond requirement ? this includes telephone solicitors/telemarketers for religious or political purposes and organizations, charitable organizations, and fundraisers. Further exemption details can be found in Section 4719.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The online application for the Ohio Telephone Solicitor Bond only takes a few minutes and can be done from the comfort of your couch. Once all the necessary information has been submitted, such as your contact details and social security number, a Jet underwriter will do a quick review and get back to you shortly with the next steps to take. After all the steps have been completed, an approved rate will be sent to you via email and you are able to purchase your bond directly from the Jet website. A copy of your bond and receipt will immediately be sent to you.
The Attorney General allows a copy of your signed and sealed Telephone Solicitor Bond to be uploaded to the AG Upload Portal with your completed TSSA Application for Certification of Registration.
If you would prefer Jet to physically file the bond for you, this option can be selected at check out. The Jet team will send your signed and sealed bond form to the following mailing address:
Ohio Attorney General, Consumer Protection
Attn: TSSA Registration Unit
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
If you have any questions about the telephone solicitor registration process, further details and instructions can be found in the Telephone Solicitation Guide.
You may cancel your Telephone Solicitor Bond with Jet at any time! Simply send us a written request to [email protected] and we will begin the bond cancellation process. Once we have notified the Attorney General of the bond termination, liability of your bond will be released within 30 days.
If you provided an upfront payment and are cancelling early, Jet will calculate the time remaining on the surety bond to see if there is any unused premium available for reimbursement to you. Monthly payments will cease once the 30-day liability period has officially ended.
The Telephone Solicitor Bond is continuous and therefore must remain active for the entire duration that you operate as a telephone solicitor. Per the bond form, the bond should remain in full force and effect for a two-year period following the solicitor’s last engagement of telephone solicitation (unless the bond is cancelled by the surety provider beforehand).
For those utilizing Jet’s monthly payment option, your bond will stay active as long as payments go through and until cancellation is sought. For those paying annually or on multi-year terms, Jet will send you a renewal invoice prior to the expiration date. Just fulfill payment via email or mail and you're all set!
Avoiding claims is simple as long as you follow the terms and conditions of your license according to the Ohio Revised Code Sections 4719.01 through 4719.18. Acting honorably when engaging in telephone solicitations always helps, too. Failure to comply with regulations may result in loss of your license, civil penalties, and/or civil action that can lead to a claim on your bond.
Claims on the Telephone Solicitor Bond will typically occur if a person has suffered a financial loss due to misrepresentation of the solicited service or goods, or if fraud is committed by the telephone solicitor. On rare occasions, the Attorney General’s Office may file a claim if due license fees and/or penalties are not paid to the state. A bond claim may only be filed while the bond is in effect or within two years of the bond’s official cancellation date.
Any person of the Ohio public may bring a civil action against the telephone solicitor for the recovery of financial damage caused. If the court rules in favor of the claimant, your Telephone Solicitor Bond will cover the damages up to the $50,000 bond limit. Attorney fees will not be covered.
It is in your best interest to resolve any issues with the damaged party or the Attorney General’s Office before you lose your license or receive an expensive bond claim to pay back.
Upon receiving notice of a claim on your Telephone Solicitor Bond, immediately contact Jet with all available claim information and documentation for our review; we will begin a full investigation of the claim.
In cases where the claim is justified, Jet Insurance Company is legally obligated per the surety bond form to make payment for the claim amount, up to the $50,000 limit. Considering the bond acts as an extension of your credit, you are held responsible for your actions and must pay Jet back for the paid out claim. Failure to do so will lead to difficulties obtaining future surety bonds in Ohio, as well as a telephone solicitor license with the Attorney General’s Office.