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Kentucky Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

How much does an auto dealer bond cost in Kentucky?

The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission requires motor vehicle dealers to post a surety bond. The required bond amount is usually determined by the annual volume of vehicles sold, but cannot be in an amount less than $15,000. Applicants should verify their required bond amount with the state prior to bonding.

The price you’ll pay for your bond depends on your required bond amount and a review of your personal credit report.

Because the amount and price of this bond vary so much, our experts recommend calling in at 1 (800) 308-4358 or submitting a bond request to receive a free, personalized surety bond quote.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Varies Starts at 1% 1-5% 4%+ 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?

Kentucky dealer bonds are put in place to ensure that principals (auto dealers) comply with all ordinances, rules and regulations of the state and industry. Because these bonds are written on Kentucky’s generic surety bond form, the specific terms of the bond aren’t listed. Instead, applicants should turn to the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission for more information.

Specifically, this bond protects the state and individual parties who suffer financial losses as a result of a dealer’s unethical or unlawful actions while on the job.

Our team of surety specialists works hard to get you bonded quickly and for the best rate available. Contact SuretyBonds.com to get started!

What’s the fine print?

Kentucky motor vehicle dealer bonds remain in full force and effect unless violated by the principal or canceled by the surety. Bonds can be issued for a definite term or an indefinite term, which will be indicated on the bond form.

Auto dealer bonds in Kentucky can be continued with a continuation certificate signed by the surety. The surety can cancel the bond at any time by giving written notice of cancellation to the obligee 30 days prior to the effective termination date.

All bonds in Kentucky are subject to a state surcharge of 1.8%.

How to become a motor vehicle dealer in Kentucky

To become a licensed motor vehicle dealer in Kentucky, applicants must have the following:

  • an established place of business (display lot/customer parking area, office)
  • insurance
  • a business name
  • licensed sales personnel
  • business signs
  • separation of facilities
  • a completed application and appropriate fees

All applications must be sent to the Motor Vehicle Commission 10 days prior to the next scheduled commission meeting. The commission might require additional information to accompany the application depending on the type of dealer license being applied for.

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

We can get you a free quote on a Kentucky auto dealer bond within 1 business day of receiving your application. Apply for a free bond quote today!

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Additional Resources

Dealer Licensing in Kentucky

Commonwealth of Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission

Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission Application for Motor Vehicle Dealer License

Kentucky Motor Vehicle Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

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