Chapter 107 Bonds of Officers and Contractors for Public Works

107.010 - Sureties of county officers to be residents of county.

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The sureties of all clerks, sheriffs, constables, collectors and other county officers shall be residents of the county in which the bonds to which they become parties, by reason of being sureties for any of the said officers, shall be executed.

(RSMo 1939 § 3233)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2846; 1919 § 997; 1909 § 1204

107.110 - Sureties on certain bonds — evidence of solvency.

No official bond in a penal sum of twenty-five thousand dollars or more shall be approved until after the sureties therein shall subscribe and swear to a statement, to be duly attested and endorsed on or attached to the bond, setting forth in full the name, place of residence and occupation of each surety, the kind and location of his property, and that he is worth a certain sum, therein to be stated, over and above all liabilities and exemptions, and such other particulars as may be required by the officer or court whose approval of such bond is sought or required.

(RSMo 1939 § 3257)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2869; 1919 § 1019; 1909 § 1226

107.100 - Company executing bond as surety estopped to deny its corporate authority.

Every company which shall execute any bond or other obligation, as surety for another, under the provisions of sections 107.080 and 107.090 shall be estopped to deny its corporate power to execute such instrument, or assume such liability.

(RSMo 1939 § 3241)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2853; 1919 § 1004; 1909 § 1211

107.120 - Additional testimony may be taken.

Testimony in addition to that of such sureties may be required by the officer or court passing upon the sufficiency of such bonds; and when required it shall in every case be endorsed on or attached to the bond, subscribed by the witness or witnesses giving it, and duly attested.

(RSMo 1939 § 3258)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2870; 1919 § 1020; 1909 § 1227

107.020 - Who shall not be taken as surety.

No sheriff, collector, constable, county treasurer, attorney at law, clerk of any court of record, judge or justice of any court of record shall be taken as surety in any official bond that may be given by an officer in this state.

(RSMo 1939 § 3234)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2847; 1919 § 998; 1909 § 1205

107.030 - Court shall require additional security, when.

When it shall come to the knowledge of any court whose duty it is to approve the official bonds of any of the officers named in section 107.010, that a surety of any of the said officers has become a nonresident of the county in which his official bond was executed and required to be filed, or has died, become insolvent or otherwise insufficient, said court shall make an order requiring the officer for whom any such surety executed the bond, on a day therein named, to appear and show cause why he should not give additional security.

(RSMo 1939 § 3235)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2848; 1919 § 999; 1909 § 1206

107.130 - Duty of officer after approval.

Whenever any such bond shall be approved, a certificate of the approval, signed by the proper officer and correctly dated, and showing a compliance with the requirements of sections 107.110 to 107.160, shall be endorsed thereon.

(RSMo 1939 § 3259)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2871; 1919 § 1021; 1909 § 1228

107.060 - Bond — cost paid by county (first class counties).

In all counties of class one, as provided by law, the officers thereof shall be required to furnish a bond as required by law, the cost thereof to be paid by the county.

(RSMo 1939 § 13535, A.L. 1945 p. 1576 § 2)

107.070 - Surety bond, officers may give, when — cost, how paid.

Whenever any officer of this state or of any department, board, bureau or commission of this state, or any deputy, appointee, agent or employee of any such officer; or any officer of any county of this state, or any deputy, appointee, agent or employee of any such officer, or any officer of any incorporated city, town, or village in this state, or any deputy, appointee, agent or employee of any such officer; or any officer of any department, bureau or commission of any county, city, town or village, or any deputy, appointee, agent or employee of any such officer; or any officer of any district, or other subdivision of any county, or any incorporated city, town or village, of this state, or any deputy, appointee, agent or employee of any such officer, shall be required by law of this state, or by charter, ordinance or resolution, or by any order of any court in this state, to enter into any official bond, or other bond, he may elect, with the consent and approval of the governing body of such state, department, board, bureau, commission, official, county, city, town, village, or other political subdivision, to enter into a surety bond, or bonds, with a surety company or surety companies, authorized to do business in the state of Missouri and the cost of every such surety bond shall be paid by the public body protected thereby.

(RSMo 1939 § 3238)

107.170 - Bond — public works contractor — defense of employees from suit, exceptions.

1.As used in this section, the following terms mean:

(1)"Contractor", a person or business entity who provides construction services under contract to a public entity.Contractor specifically does not include professional engineers, architects or land surveyors licensed pursuant to chapter 327, those who provide environmental assessment services or those who design, create or otherwise provide works of art under a city's formally established program for the acquisition and installation of works of art and other aesthetic adornments to public buildings and property;

(2)"Public entity", any official, board, commission or agency of this state or any county, city, town, township, school, road district or other political subdivision of this state;

(3)"Public works", the erection, construction, alteration, repair or improvement of any building, road, street, public utility or other public facility owned by the public entity.

2.It is hereby made the duty of all public entities in this state, in making contracts for public works, the cost of which is estimated to exceed fifty thousand dollars, to be performed for the public entity, to require every contractor for such work to furnish to the public entity a bond with good and sufficient sureties, in an amount fixed by the public entity, and such bond, among other conditions, shall be conditioned for the payment of any and all materials, incorporated, consumed or used in connection with the construction of such work, and all insurance premiums, both for compensation, and for all other kinds of insurance, said work, and for all labor performed in such work whether by subcontractor or otherwise.

3.All bonds executed and furnished under the provisions of this section shall be deemed to contain the requirements and conditions as herein set out, regardless of whether the same be set forth in said bond, or of any terms or provisions of said bond to the contrary notwithstanding.

4.Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a member of the school board of any public school district of this state to independently confirm the existence or solvency of any bonding company if a contractor represents to the member that the bonding company is solvent and that the representations made in the purported bond are true and correct.This subsection shall not relieve from any liability any school board member who has any actual knowledge of the insolvency of any bonding company, or any school board member who does not act in good faith in complying with the provisions of subsection 2 of this section.

5.A public entity may defend, save harmless and indemnify any of its officers and employees, whether elective or appointive, against any claim or demand, whether groundless or otherwise arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring in the performance of a duty under this section.The provisions of this subsection do not apply in case of malfeasance in office or willful or wanton neglect of duty.

(RSMo 1939 § 3277, A.L. 1959 S.B. 294, A.L. 1993 S.B. 278, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1063, A.L. 1995 H.B. 622, A.L. 1997 S.B. 437, A.L. 2014 S.B. 529)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2890; 1919 § 1040; 1909 § 1247


Actions on such bonds, how brought, 522.300

Wage rates to be paid employees on construction of public works, 290.210 to 290.340

(1993) If county commission fails to obtain payment bond from contractor on public works project as required by statute, such failure exposes county commissioners to liability for payment of mechanics' lien filed by materialman when materialman furnished materials for project in good faith.National Oil and Supply, Inc.v. Vaughts, Inc., 856 S.W.2d 912 (Mo. App. S.D.).

(2000) Railroad relocation project was "public works project" within meaning of section.Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. St. Louis Marketplace, 212 F.3d 386 (8th Cir.).

(2008) This section and section 429.010 are intended to provide inclusive protection to those furnishing labor and materials for public benefit.Collins & Hermann, Inc. V. TM2 Construction Co., 263 S.W.3d 793 (Mo.App.E.D.).

107.050 - Discharge of former sureties.

When the additional bond is given and approved, the former sureties shall thereby be discharged from any misconduct of the principal after the approval of said bond.

(RSMo 1939 § 3237)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2850; 1919 § 1001; 1909 § 1208

107.150 - Suits on official bond — duty of governor.

It shall be the duty of the governor, whenever, in his judgment, the interest of the state would be promoted thereby, to direct the attorney general, in the name of the state, to bring and prosecute any suit or suits upon any official bond or bonds executed to the state, as to him may seem proper; and to that end the governor is hereby authorized to inspect the books, minutes, papers and vouchers, or direct the same to be done by the attorney general, in any of the state offices of this state; and he may require any such officer to certify to him copies of any such books, papers, minutes and vouchers as he may deem necessary to a complete understanding of the affairs and management of such office.It shall be the duty of the attorney general, whenever so directed by the governor, to bring and prosecute in behalf of the state any and all such suits.

(RSMo 1939 § 3261)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2873; 1919 § 1023; 1909 § 1230


Official bonds, general provisions governing suits thereon, 522.010 to 522.150

107.140 - Annual examination of official bonds.

As soon as practicable after the taking effect of this law, and at least once in each year thereafter, the officers and courts required by law to examine and approve any such bonds shall examine as to their sufficiency and as to the solvency of the sureties therein, and shall briefly note thereon, or on the record thereof, the result of such examination; and if any such bond be for any reason deemed insufficient, the principal therein shall be required by a notice in writing to furnish a new and sufficient bond within thirty days; and if such bond be not so furnished and approved, the office shall at the expiration of said thirty days become vacant, and the vacancy shall be filled as provided by law.

(RSMo 1939 § 3260)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2872; 1919 § 1022; 1909 § 1229

107.040 - Time limit for additional security — default.

If, upon investigation of the matter, it shall appear that any surety has become a nonresident of the county in which the bond is filed, has died, become insolvent, or in any otherwise insufficient, the court shall require the officer for whom such surety executed the bond to give additional security by a day named; and, in default thereof, the said office shall be forfeited, and the same shall become vacant, and the facts shall be certified to the court or officer whose duty it is to fill such vacancy.

(RSMo 1939 § 3236)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2849; 1919 § 1000; 1909 § 1207

107.090 - Foreign corporation in surety business.

No company not incorporated under the laws of this state shall engage in the business contemplated by section 107.080 until it shall have first complied with all the provisions of the law relating to insurance companies other than life.

(RSMo 1939 § 3240)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 2852; 1919 § 1003; 1909 § 1210

107.080 - Corporate surety accepted, when.

Any company having a paid-up capital of not less than two hundred thousand dollars, organized and incorporated under the laws of this or any state of the United States, or any foreign government, for the purpose of transacting the business of becoming surety on the bonds or obligations of persons or corporations, or of insuring the fidelity of persons holding places of public or private trust, and which has complied with all the requirements of the law regulating the admission of such companies to transact business in this state, may, on production of evidence of solvency satisfactory to the court, judge, clerk, head of department or other officer, person or persons authorized to approve the same, become and be accepted as surety on the bond, recognizance or other writing obligatory of any person or corporation in or concerning any matter in which the giving of a bond or other obligation is authorized, required or permitted by the laws of the state, and if such surety company shall furnish satisfactory evidence of its ability to provide all the security required by law, no additional surety may be exacted, but other surety may, in the discretion of the official authorized to approve such bond or obligation, be required; and such surety company may be released from its liability, on the same terms and conditions as are by law prescribed for the release of individuals, it being the true intent and meaning of sections 107.070 to 107.090 to enable corporations created for that purpose to become surety on any bond, recognizance or other writing in the nature of a bond, in the same manner that natural persons may, subject to all the rights and liabilities of such persons.