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Pennsylvania Auto Dealer Bond

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How much does a Pennsylvania auto dealer bond cost?

Pennsylvania auto dealer bond costs start at $120 for the state-required 1-year term. Your exact bond premium will be provided after a quick application review. Apply online now to get your free auto dealer bond quote!

How do you get a Pennsylvania auto dealer bond?

You can apply for your Pennsylvania auto dealer bond online 24/7. You'll need to provide the following information for Department of Transportation approval.

  • dealer or dealership name
  • business address 
  • county
  • vehicle dealer license type
  • dealer license number, if available

Once your order is processed, you'll receive your bonding confirmation by email, and your official bond will be shipped to you. 

How fast can I get an auto dealer bond?

Our industry-leading technology and responsive customer service team allow us to offer free quotes and deliver your official Pennsylvania auto dealer bond faster than any other surety provider. The DOT requires your Pennsylvania dealer 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.

If you have questions about the Pennsylvania auto dealer bond or your application, call 1(800)308-4358 to speak with a friendly surety expert. We're here to guide you through the dealer bond process so you can get back to running your business.

Bond Type
$3,000Motor Vehicle BondCard Agent
$10,000Motor Vehicle BondSalvor
$20,000Motor Vehicle BondManufacturer/Dealer
$30,000Motor Vehicle BondFull Agent
$50,000Motor Vehicle BondMessenger Service

What is a Pennsylvania auto dealer bond?

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 75 Section 1335 requires motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers file a $20,000 surety before they can be licensed to sell or manufacture vehicles in the state. State form MV-375 is officially titled the “Manufacturer/Dealer/Full Agent/Card Agent/Messenger Service/Salvor Bond,” but it's also known as the “auto dealer bond” or “motor vehicle dealer bond.” This bond specifically requires that licensed dealers and manufacturers comply with all laws that regulate auto dealerships. 

Note: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation enforces separate license requirements for vehicle card agents, salvors, manufacturers, issuing agents, and messenger services, but the same MV-375 form is used. You can find more detailed information about other Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Bond license types on our separate page. 

Why is a Pennsylvania car dealer bond required?

By filing this bond, auto dealers agree to operate their dealerships according to state laws. If they fail to do so, the issuing surety company will pay valid claims up to the full $20,000 bond amount for losses suffered by the state or individual consumers. The bonded dealer must then reimburse the surety company for all damages paid.

Who regulates auto dealers and vehicle manufacturers?

The Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons enforces license and surety bond requirements for motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers. If you have questions about your application, your license status, or surety bond requirements, you can call the board at 1(717)783-1697 or email [email protected].

Who is required to get a Pennsylvania dealer bond?

You must file this $20,000 Pennsylvania surety bond to be licensed as a motor vehicle dealer or manufacturer with the Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons. This surety bond requirement does not apply to farm equipment dealers, mobile home dealers and manufacturers, or modular housing manufacturers. 

How do I update or change my dealer license bond form?

If the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requires you to make any changes to your bond documentation, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change.

The most common changes for this bond include:

  • dealer or dealership name
  • business address 
  • county
  • vehicle dealer license type
  • dealer license number

How do I renew my motor vehicle dealer bond?

You must renew your Pennsylvania motor vehicle dealer bond before its current 1-year term expires. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be emailed to you to keep your bond active for your next license term. 

How do I get my dealer license in Pennsylvania?

You can submit your licensed dealer application online using the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) or by mailing a paper vehicle dealer license application.

State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, and Salespersons
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105- 2649

You must provide the following with your application submission.

  • $65 initial license fee
  • hand drawn diagram of your business location and building
  • deed copy showing your ownership or leasing information
  • telephone bill showing a landline at your business location
  • documentation verifying your business location has proper zoning
  • certificate of occupancy copy
  • work history for each business owner, partner, officer, or member
  • application for each salesperson
  • State Police Background Check for for each owner, partner, officer, or member
  • dealership business formation documentation

Once your application has been approved, your license will be mailed to your business address.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert