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California Surety Bonds for Business Partner Automation

A car dealer hands keys to customer. Car dealers in the BPA program must obtain a surety bond.

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California's Department of Motor Vehicles' Business Partner Automation (BPA) program allows vehicle dealers and registration services to process vehicle-related transactions at their place of business. Many of these services give consumers an alternative to visiting the DMV office.

As of July 1, 2012, all new car dealers are required to use the BPA system for all car sales and leases. A part of the enrollment qualifications involves acquiring a surety bond.

BPA Program Requirements

BPA registration can increase revenue for a dealer, save time, and allow for a better customer experience. A part of registration includes obtaining a surety bond, which can compensate the public for damages resulting from a bonded business breaking licensing laws. Bond amounts are:

  • First-Line Business Partners must provide a $650,000 surety bond
  • First-Line Business Service Providers must submit a $1 million surety bond

Registration in the BPA programs allows businesses to issue the following:

  • New Vehicle Report of Sales
  • Full Year Registration Renewals for Automobile/Commercial Vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Substitute License Plates and Stickers
  • Registered Owner Transfers
  • Salvage Applications
  • Junk Applications
  • Non-repairable Applications
  • Vehicle License Fee Refunds for salvage pools
  • Disabled Veteran/Person Assignments
  • Duplicate Titles

What Will This Bond Cost?

The premium you pay for a California Business Partner Automation Surety Bond depends on the bond amount and your business financials. Our rates start at 1% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote that fits your specific situation.

Did You Know?

Used car dealers are not required to participate in the BPA program, but may still enroll in the program if they like.

Related Links:

California Business Partner Automations Program

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