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California Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

How much does a motor vehicle dealer bond cost in California?

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles requires motor vehicle dealers to post $50,000 surety bonds prior to conducting business within the state. Motorcycle dealers, motorcycle lessor-retailers, ATV dealers and wholesale-only dealers who sell less than 25 vehicles per year must post $10,000 surety bonds.

These bonds are subject to underwriting consideration, so the price you’ll pay depends on a review of your personal credit report. Bad credit? No problem! SuretyBonds.com offers an exclusive bad credit bonding program through which we approve 99% of all applicants for the surety bonds they need quickly and easily. Request a free quote on your California auto dealer bond now!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Dealer Surety Bond Motor Vehicle Dealer $50,000 Starts at $500 $750-2,500 $2,500+ Apply Now
Dealer Surety Bond Motorcycle Dealer, Motorcycle Lessor-retailer, All-terrain Vehicle Dealer or Wholesale-Only Dealer $10,000 Starts at $100 $100-500 $300+ Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

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Why do I need this bond?

By posting a California dealer surety bond, principals (dealers) pledge to refrain from practicing fraud or making any fraudulent representation that causes a monetary loss to a purchaser, seller, financing agency or governmental agency. Specifically, these bonds ensure that principals conduct business in compliance with the conditions listed in section 11711, which is also referred to as the Vehicle Code.

If the principal fails to comply with these terms, the surety will cover damages to harmed parties up to the full penal sum of the bond ($50,000 or $10,000, respectively). The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

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What’s the fine print?

Auto dealer bonds in California remain in full force and effect and run concurrently with the license period for which the license is granted.

The surety can cancel the bond in accordance with Article 13, Chapter 2, Title 14, Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

Some surety underwriting companies might require specific information, including the dealer’s license number and the length of time the dealer has been in business.

How to become a motor vehicle dealer in California

To become a licensed vehicle dealer in California, applicants must submit the following forms:

  • OL 248A New Dealer Application Check List OR OL 248B Used, Dealer, Dealer-Wholesale Only, and Autobroker Application Check List
  • OL 12 Application for Original Occupational License, (Part C)
  • OL 21A Original Application for Occupational License, (Part A)
  • OL 25 Surety Bond of Dealer
  • OL 53 Authorization to Release Financial Information
  • OL 124 Certificate of Proposed Franchise
  • OL 902 Property Use Verification for Vehicle Dealer’s License
  • and more

The following fees are required:

  • $175 nonrefundable original application fee
  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $100 Autobroker fee
  • $70 for each branch location
  • $300 New Motor Vehicle Board Fee
  • $70 for each dealer plate
  • $72 for each motorcycle plate

More licensing information can be accessed from the Additional Resources section of this page.

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Additional Resources

California Department of Motor Vehicles Surety Bond OL 25

California Department of Motor Vehicles Surety Bond OL 25B

California Department of Motor Vehicles Application Requirements For Vehicle Dealers Auto Commercial

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