The following premiums (cost of a bond) are set by the New York State Department of Insurance. This premium is the only fee a bondsman can LEGALLY charge you. CHARGING ADDITIONAL FEES FOR TRAVEL, FILING, OR ANYTHING ELSE IS ILLEGAL. Other bondmen may ask you to pay additional fees, NEVER pay any amount other than listed below. Per New York State statute, the cost of the bond is calculated as follows: a bond up to $3,000 is 10%, any amount between $3,000 and $10,000 is an additional 8%, any amount above $10,000 is an additional 6%. The larger the bond is, the less of a percentage you will pay. It is a complicated formula, but the typical bond amounts and costs for each are listed below.