Motor Vehicle Dealers, also known as Auto Dealers or Car Dealers, are required in most states to have a license and a surety bond to operate a dealership. Each state has different licensing and surety bond amount requirements.
Motor Vehicle Dealers may be new or franchise dealers, used dealers, wholesale auction dealers, new and used motorcycle dealers, new and used recreational vehicle dealers, boat dealers, trailer dealers (generally over a minimum weight), ATV dealers, snowmobile dealers, and more.
States that require Motor Vehicle Dealers to be licensed generally have an application process which includes a license fee, passing a criminal background check, a minimum of car sales, plus requirements on the lot, building, telephone, zoning and signage.
|Alabama Bond of Motor Vehicle Dealer and Designated Agent- New Dealer $25,000 and Used Dealer $10,000, Temporary License Plate/Registration for Trailer Transportation $25,000||Apply Now|
|Alaska Motor Vehicle Dealer’s/Buyer’s Agent Surety Bond- Dealer $50,000 and Motorcycle Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Arizona Vehicle Dealer Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer and Auction Dealer $100,000, Wholesale Auction and Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Arkansas Used Motor Vehicle Dealer, Wholesaler, or Auto Auction Surety Bond- New Dealer $50,000, Used Dealer, Wholesaler and Auction $25,000||Apply Now|
|California Dealer Surety Bond- Dealer $50,000, Motorcycle or ATV Dealer, Wholesale $10,000||Apply Now|
|Colorado Bond of Motor Vehicle Dealer, Powersports Vehicle Dealer, Used Motor Vehicle Dealer, Used Powersports Vehicle Dealer, Wholesaler, or Wholesale Motor Vehicle Auction-Dealer- Dealer or Wholesaler $50,000, Small Trailer Dealer (weight less than 2000 lbs) $5,000||Apply Now|
|Connecticut Surety Bond Motor Vehicle- New and Used Dealer $50,000, Repairers License $5,000, Leasing or Rental Company $10,000||Apply Now|
|District Of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Florida Surety Bond Motor Vehicle Dealer- Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000, Mobile Home Dealer $25,000 (four or more locations $50,000), and RV Dealers $10,000 (four or more locations $20,000)||Apply Now|
|Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $35,000||Apply Now|
|Hawaii Motor Vehicle Dealer License Bond- New Dealer $200,000 (10+ vehicles sold per year), Used Dealer $100,000 (60+ sold per year), New Dealer $50,000 (Less than 10 per year), Used Dealer $25,000 (Less than 60 per year), Used Motorcycle or Scooter Dealer $10,000 (over 49cc's)||Apply Now|
|Idaho Vehicle or Vessel Dealer Bond- Retail Dealer $20,000, Wholesale Dealer $40,000, Motorcycle, ATV, UTV or Snowmobile Dealer $10,000||Apply Now|
|Illinois Designated Agent Bond- Designated Agent (Dealer) $50,000, Remittance Agent minimum of $20,000||Apply Now|
|Indiana Vehicle Merchandising Certificate/Bond- Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Iowa Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $75,000||Apply Now|
|Kansas Vehicle Dealer Bond- New, Used, Salvage, Wholesale Dealer or Auction $30,000||Apply Now|
|Kentucky Motor Vehicle Dealer’s License Bond- Dealer $100,000 or less, Auction Dealer bond amount can be more than $100,000||Apply Now|
|Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Bond- Used Motor Vehicle or Auction Dealer $20,000 (119 or less vehicles sold per year), Used or Auction Dealer $35,000 (more than 120 vehicles sold per year)||Apply Now|
|Maine Surety Bond For Motor Vehicle Dealer- Dealer $5,000 (Up to 50 vehicles sold per year), Dealer $10,000 (51-100 vehicles), Dealer $15,000 (101-150 vehicles), Dealer $20,000 (151-200 vehicles), $25,000 (200 + vehicles)||Apply Now|
|Maryland Surety Bond of Vehicle or Trailer Dealer- New and Used Motor Vehicle, Wholesale, Motorcycle, Emergency Vehicle, Trailer Dealer and Manufacturer or Distributor bond amounts vary and are based on the number of vehicles sold||Apply Now|
|Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Michigan Uniform Vehicle Dealer Surety Bond- Class A, B, D Dealer $10,000||Apply Now|
|Minnesota Motor Vehicle Dealer License Surety Bond- New, Used, Lessor, Wholesaler, Broker Auctioneer, Dealer and Salvage Pool or Limited Use $50,000, DSB $5,000||Apply Now|
|Mississippi Bond of Designated Agent- Designated Agent Dealer $15,000||Apply Now|
|Missouri Dealer, Auction, or Manufacturer License Bond- Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Montana Bond of Motor Vehicle Dealer, Special Equipment Dealer, Crusher or Body Shop- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $50,000, Motorcycle Dealer $15,000, Snowmobile, ATV, Boat Dealer $5,000||Apply Now|
|Nebraska Bond of Motor Vehicle, Trailer, Wholesale, or Motorcycle Dealer- New and Used Motor Vehicle, Trailer, Wholesale, or Motorcycle Dealer $50,000||Apply Now|
|Nevada Vehicle Industry Business License Bond- Dealer, Distributor, Lessor, Manufacturer, Rebuilder $10,000 Utility or Boat Trailer (under 3500 lbs), Motorcycle, Horse Trailers (without living quarters) or Utility Trailer $50,000, All Other Vehicle Types $100,000||Apply Now|
|New Hampshire Dealer’s Bond- Retail Vehicle, Auto Recycling, Auto Wholesale, Motorcycle, Repair, Utility Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|New Jersey Dealer License Surety Bond- New and Used Car Dealerships $10,000||Apply Now|
|New Mexico Vehicle Dealer or Auto Recycler Bond- Vehicle Dealer $50,000, Motorcycle Dealer $12,500||Apply Now|
|New York Dealer Bond- Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $10,000 (Up to 200 vehicles sold per year), Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000 (over 200 vehicles), Franchise Dealer $50,000||Apply Now|
|North Carolina Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer or Wholesaler $50,000, Additional Locations $25,000||Apply Now|
|North Dakota Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000, Trailer or Motor Powered Recreational Vehicle Dealer $10,000||Apply Now|
|Oklahoma Used Motor Vehicle Dealer’s Surety Bond- Used Motor Vehicle Dealer, Wholesale, Vehicle Crusher $25,000, Auction Dealer $50,000, Rebuilder $15,000, Salesperson $1,000||Apply Now|
|Oregon Vehicle Dealer Surety Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $50,000, Motorcycle, Moped, Snowmobile, ATV Dealer $10,000||Apply Now|
|Pennsylvania Manufacturer/Dealer/Full Agent/Card Agent/Messenger Services/Salvor Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer $20,000||Apply Now|
|Rhode Island New Dealership Surety Bond - New, Used, Truck Motor Vehicle Dealer, Tractor-Trailer or Motorcycle Dealer $50,000||Apply Now|
|South Carolina Motor Vehicle Dealer and Wholesaler Surety Bond- Retail or Wholesale Dealer $30,000, Wholesale Auction, Travel Trailer, Motorcycle or Wholesale Motorcycle Dealer $15,000||Apply Now|
|South Dakota Vehicle Dealer Surety Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000, Boat Dealer $20,000, Trailer Dealer (weight over 3000 lbs) or Emergency Vehicle Dealer $10,000, Snowmobile or Motorcycle Dealer $5,000||Apply Now|
|Tennessee Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer and Franchise Dealer $50,000||Apply Now|
|Texas Motor Vehicle Dealer’s Surety Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer, Motorcycle, Wholesale, Auction Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Utah Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $75,000, Motorcycle or Small Trailer Dealer $10,000||Apply Now|
|Vermont Motor Vehicle Dealer Continual Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer $35,000 for the first year, second year is dependent on the number of vehicles sold $20,000 (less than 25 vehicles), $25,000 (25-100), $30,000 (101-250), $35,000 (more than 251)||Apply Now|
|Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer $50,000, After three years -Pay into the Motor Vehicle Recovery Fund or obtain a $100,000 bond||Apply Now|
|Washington Vehicle/Vessel Dealer, Vehicle Manufacturer, Registered Tow Truck Operator, or Wrecker Business Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer $30,000||Apply Now|
|West Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Bond- New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
|Wisconsin Dealer Bond- Retail Motor Vehicle Dealer $50,000, Recreational Vehicle, Auction, Salvage Dealer $25,000, Motorcycle or Moped Dealer $5,000||Apply Now|
|Wyoming Vehicle Dealer Bond- Motor Vehicle Dealer $25,000||Apply Now|
Your premium will depend on several factors such as the bond amount, the bond duration and your financial credentials.
Depending on your individual state, there are many types of motor vehicle dealer bonds. We can assist with all:
Individuals looking to get their motor vehicle dealer license typically have to provide a surety bond to guarantee their dealership will comply with industry regulations written to protect your customers. Should you break a state regulation, your client can make a claim against your motor vehicle dealer bond.
• Sign your bond
• Make a copy for your records
• Send the original bond to the State (along with any other important paperwork provided by the state or bond agency)
• The state should contact you after they receive your bond and ship your license to you; this process can take roughly one to three weeks.
Qualified applicants could pay as low as 2% of the bond amount, with even lower premiums in several states. Your exact premium will depend on a number of factors such as the surety bond amount, the bond's duration and your financial credentials. Our surety bond experts make sure you get the best rate possible. Quoting and issuing bonds directly from our office also makes SuretyGroup.com the fastest way for a dealer to get bonded. And, we offer a no obligation, price quote on Motor Vehicle Dealer bonds check out our Quick Quote tool now.
Apply Today, Approved Today. SuretyGroup.com has been underwriting commercial bonds for over 35 years and we licensed to issue bonds nationwide. Once you have met your state requirements, in many cases we can provide same-day approval of your bond application, while some bonds might require a slightly longer application process. We also offer overnight shipping so you can receive your bond ASAP.
Check out our FAQ page or What’s a Surety Bond? page. Should you need or choose to buy a surety bond, buy from us. SuretyGroup.com has been underwriting surety bonds throughout the U.S. for more than 35 years. When you work with us, you enjoy the unique benefit of dealing with a team of highly experienced surety agents with in-house underwriting authority. This allows you to receive competitive, low rates, quick approvals, and immediate bond delivery. In most cases, your bond will be delivered within 24 hours after you apply for it.
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