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South Carolina Motor Vehicle Dealer and Wholesaler Bond

How much does a South Carolina auto dealer or wholesale dealer license bond cost?

The cost South Carolina auto dealer or wholesale dealer license bond is subject to underwriting, meaning the applicant’s qualifications are reviewed before a cost is determined. The amount of the bond is also a determining factor in the cost. Highly qualified applicants for a $15,000 bond are often quoted at $150, and those needing a $30,000 bond are often quoted at $300.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$15,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer and Wholesaler Bond All dealers, wholesalers, or Travel Trailers $15,000 Starts at $150 Apply Now
$30,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer and Wholesaler Bond Wholesale Auto Auction, Motorcycle Dealers, or Motorcycle Wholesalers $30,000 Starts at $300 Apply Now

Why do I need a motor vehicle dealer bond?

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles requires motor vehicle dealers and vehicle wholesalers to post surety bonds in the amount of $15,000 or $30,000. All dealers, wholesalers, or travel trailer dealers must submit a $30,000 surety bond, while wholesale auto auctions, motorcycle dealers, or motorcycle wholesalers must submit a $15,000 bond.

South Carolina auto dealer and wholesaler bonds ensure that dealers and wholesalers comply with all provisions of Title 56 of the South Carolina Code of Laws relating to motor vehicle dealers and the sale and transfer of motor vehicles. The bond protects any owner of a motor vehicle from any loss or damage suffered as a result of the principal’s actions or the actions of the principal’s salesmen or representatives. Harmed parties will be protected up to the full penal sum of the $30,000 bond, and the principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

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What are the terms of a wholesale or auto dealer bond?

Motor vehicle dealer and wholesaler surety bonds in South Carolina do not automatically expire with the license for which they were initially issued, but instead continue from license year to license year for as long as the dealer pays his or her premium. The surety can cancel the bond by providing written notice of cancellation to the Department of Motor Vehicles 30 days before the effective date of termination.

Applicants must specify whether they’re a wholesale auto auction, travel trailer and/or motorcycle dealer or wholesaler on the bond form.

How to become an auto dealer in South Carolina

To become licensed as a retail dealer, wholesale dealer, motorcycle dealer, wholesale motorcycle dealer, travel trailer dealer or wholesale auto auction dealer in South Carolina, applicants must submit the following materials:

All information can be sent to the following address:


South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Dealer License & Audit Unit
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, South Carolina 29016-0023

Additional Resources

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Dealer Licenses Types of Dealer Licenses

South Carolind Department of Motor Vehicles Dealer License Surety Bond Information

South Carolina Recreational Vehicle Dealer Bond Increase

South Carolina Senate Bill 321

South Carolina Code of Laws Title 56: Motor Vehicles