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Sylvia Garza-Perez, County Clerk


Before engaging in business as a contracting stevedore in Cameron County, the contracting stevedore must file a written application for a license with the County Clerk.

Texas Occupations Code Chapter 2351, Section 051-054

“Contracting Stevedore” means a person, firm or association of persons, or corporation that contracts with another person or corporation, including an agent, owner, master, manager, or captain of a vessel, to load and unload a vessel.

Bond and License Requirements A contracting stevedore must execute a bond and obtain a license in each county in which the contracting stevedore engages in business as a contracting stevedore.

Bond Terms and Conditions

1. Bond must be in the amount of $5,000.00
2. Be conditioned that the contracting stevedore will:

On Saturday of each week pay wages promptly according to the agreed wage scale to each laborer who engaged in loading and unloading a vessel; and
Perform each agreement the contracting stevedore enters into with a laborer with respect to the loading and unloading of a vessel;

3. Bond must be payable to the Cameron County Judge as trustee for any person who may be entitled to recover under the bond.
4. The bond must be made with:  a surety company authorized to do business in this state or two or more good and sufficient sureties, each of whom is a resident of this state.

Recording Requirements
1. Complete Application for Contracting Stevedore License
2. Contracting Stevedores Surety Bond (must be approved by the County Clerk)

Filing Fees
Current filing fees apply per instrument.

Annual Renewal
A contracting stevedore must execute a new bond and obtain a new license on each anniversary of the date the former license is issued.

Criminal Penalty
A contracting stevedore commits an offense if the contracting stevedore engages in business as a contracting stevedore without first executing the bond and obtaining the license required by Occupations Code Section 2351.051.

  • An offense under this section is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500.
  • Each day of violation is a separate offense.