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California Defective Title Bond

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How much does a California defective title bond cost?

California defective title bond costs start at $100 for the state-required 3-year term. Your exact cost will vary depending on the surety bond amount required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • Bond amounts up to $6,000 cost just $100.
  • Bond amounts from $6,001 to $25,000 cost $10 for every $1,000 of coverage, starting at $100.
  • Bond amounts from $25,001 to $50,000 cost $15 for every $1,000 of coverage, starting at $375.
  • Bond amounts for more than $50,000 must be reviewed by an underwriter for pricing, starting at $500.

How do you obtain a California defective title bond?

You can purchase your California defective title bond online 24/7. You must provide the following information for Department of Motor Vehicles filing approval.

  • name
  • address
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • vehicle year, make, model, and body type

Once your order has been processed, you'll receive a digital copy of your surety bond by email. Your official California motor vehicle ownership bond will be delivered to your preferred mailing address.

How fast can I get a title bond in California?

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to deliver your official California certificate of title bond faster than any other surety provider. The DMV requires your California motor vehicle ownership bond be physically issued and shipped to you, so choose overnight shipping during checkout if you're in a rush. Orders placed by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically shipped same-day.

Bond Type
$100-$6,000Motor Vehicle Ownership Title Bond
$6,001-$25,000Motor Vehicle Ownership Title Bond
$25,001-$50,000Motor Vehicle Ownership Title Bond
$50,001-$2,500,000Motor Vehicle Ownership Title Bond

What is the purpose of the California lost title bond?

California Vehicle Code Sections 4157 and/or 4307 requires a defective title bond for the current legal owner of a vehicle when they are unable to provide evidence of vehicle ownership. Bonded titles give the owner the same ownership rights as a regular title.

Vehicle owners are required to get a bond to protect the state from any financial losses that might occur as a result of the issuance of a new certificate of motor vehicle ownership. In the event a claim is made against the bond, the surety will cover any losses up to the full amount of the bond, and the principal must reimburse the surety for all money paid.

Who needs a California title bond?

A California defective title bond is required for vehicle owners who don't have sufficient proof of ownership for vehicle registration. Once you've purchased and received your official title surety bond, you'll be able to apply for your California bonded title.

Who regulates vehicle title registration in California?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles enforces vehicle title registration requirements for vehicles with lost, stolen, or missing titles. To get your official California bonded title, you'll file your certificate of title surety bond with your local California DMV. If you have questions about your vehicle value or bonded title application, contact your local DMV office.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires this bond for vehicle title registration. If you plan on selling vehicles, the DMV requires a separate California auto dealer license bond.

How long does a bonded title last in California?

Defective title bonds are issued for 3-year terms. After 3 years, the vehicle owner no longer needs a bond and can get a regular vehicle title.

How is the bond amount determined?

The required bond amount is equal to the fair market value of the vehicle as determined by a licensed motor vehicle dealer or insurance representative OR the average valuation from a recognized industry source, such as Kelley Blue Book. If you need help determining your surety bond amount, contact your local DMV office before purchasing your surety bond.

How do I update or change my defective title surety bond form?

If the California DMV requires your bond form to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested are updating the bond amount or vehicle information such as the year, make, model, body type, or VIN.

How do I renew my title bond in California?

A California defective title bond does not renew. Vehicle owners no longer need a title bond after 3 years. At this time, the vehicle owner is eligible for a regular car title.

How do I get a bonded title in California?

Learn How To Get A California Bonded Title by reviewing our comprehensive guide.

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