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California Car Wash Bond

How much does a car wash or polishing bond cost in California?

As of January 1, 2014, the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement requires car washes in the state to post $150,000 surety bonds prior to conducting business.

The amount you’ll pay for your car wash bond depends directly on your personal credit report and your financial credentials. Applicants with credit scores at or near 700 can expect to pay a premium of 1-5% of the bond amount, or $1,500-7,500. Providing financial credentials upfront can help ensure that you’ll pay the lowest rate possible for your bond. Contact an expert surety specialist for your free, no-obligation bond quote!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Car Wash Bond $150,000 Starts at $1,500 $7,500-$15,000 $15,000+ 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.

If you’re ready to become bonded quickly, easily and accurately, call SuretyBonds.com at 1 (800) 308-4358 or click here to fill out an online bond request form now. You’ll be connected with an expert surety specialist who will walk you through each step of our fast and easy bonding process.

Why do I need this bond?

California car wash surety bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (car washes) pay all earned wages, interest on wages and fringe benefits due to employees according to Sections 351 and/or 353 of the California Labor Code. If the principal fails to pay all sums appropriately, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full penal sum of the bond ($150,000). The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

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What’s the fine print?

Car wash bonds in California are more like wage and welfare surety bonds rather than traditional license and permit bonds.

These bonds are continuous in nature and remain in full force and effect unless terminated or canceled.

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

How to start a car wash in California

Every person engaged in the business of car washing and polishing must register with the Labor Commissioner. To becoming registered, applicants must complete and submit an application package and pay all required fees.

Application packages can be downloaded online, picked up in person at the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement office in San Francisco, or requested by mail.

Required fees vary depending on whether the application is new or a renewal and how many branches the applicant operates.

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How to obtain a car washing and polishing registration certificate

Labor Code Section 2050-2053

Application for Car Washing and Polishing Registration

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