Individuals or companies that operate as public weighers of agricultural commodities must be licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture. To be eligible for a Certificate of Authority, a $10,000 Public Weigher Bond is required of the applicant.
Jet Insurance Company provides the Public Weigher Bond to act as financial assurance for the Texas Department of Agriculture that the licensee will follow all public weigher regulations, which includes the issuance of accurate weight and measure commodity certificates. If the public weigher commits a license violation and refuses to resolve the issue, the surety bond may be used as a source of restitution for any losses incurred by clients of the licensee.
Jet offers the $10,000 Public Weigher Bond for the price of just $88 for a two-year term! Meaning, there is no credit check or elongated application process. Simply click the “Secure Your Bond” button above to start the application and complete the purchase of your bond.
It is also important to note that our $88 instant issue price is for a two-year bond term because your Certificate of Authority and Public Weigher Bond are valid for two years from the date of issuance (the issuance and expiration date will be listed on both forms).
Jet’s application for the Public Weigher Bond will just take a few minutes to complete. Our team will need general information such as your contact details and payment information. Once you’ve submitted the application and fulfilled the standard payment due, you will receive a copy of your receipt and bond form right away. It’s that easy!
According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, you must submit the original signed and sealed Public Weigher Bond with your completed Certificate of Authority application to the following mailing address:
Texas Department of Agriculture
PO Box 12847
Austin, TX 78711
For further details, take a look at the Department’s Instructions for Public Weigher Certificate of Authority Application sheet.
As stated before, your Public Weigher Bond will remain in effect for a two-year period after it has been issued. If you plan on applying for a new license once this term expires, you will need to renew your bond with Jet. No need to worry though! The Jet team will send you a renewal invoice before your bond term expiration date by mail and email. Just complete the standard payment due and your bond will remain active with the Department for another two-year term.
Your Public Weigher Bond will expire after two years which means it is unfortunately not up for cancellation with the Texas Department of Agriculture. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your bond, feel free to contact the Jet team at [email protected] and we will help you out right away!
Licensed public weighers are expected to issue accurate weight and measure certificates for all agriculture commodities. To ensure that all regulations are followed and the obligations of your license are fulfilled, be sure to review Chapter 13 of the Texas Agriculture Codes as it applies to the requirements of your position.
Failure to comply with these rules can lead to the Texas Department of Agriculture revoking your license, charging you large fines, and additional civil penalties such as a Class C misdemeanor charge. Any client that feels they have been financially damaged by your license transgression(s) may also take civil action against your business which could result in a bond claim.
An official claim on the Public Weigher Bond will only occur if a Texas court finds that you are guilty of submitting false weight and measure certificates that caused financial harm to a client In cases where this occurs and you are unable to pay what is due to the claimant with your own funds, the judge may order a claim to be filed on your surety bond. The bond will cover the losses incurred by the damaged party, as well as the cost of their attorney fees.
If you receive a court-ordered claim notice, contact Jet right away! We will ask that you provide us with all available information and documentation regarding your case. Our team will utilize these details for our own review and investigation of the alleged license violation.
Per the Texas Public Weigher Bond form, Jet Insurance Company is legally obligated to payout all justified claims up to the $10,000 bond limit. Claim payouts will never exceed the bond limit. You, the licensee, are responsible for your actions and will be required to reimburse Jet for the claim payout that was made on behalf of your transgression. An omission to fulfill this obligation will result in future difficulties obtaining a Public Weigher Bond in the State of Texas.