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Maryland Title Service Agent License Surety Bond

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The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (the MVA) is responsible for the title and registration of vehicles, vehicle dealers, drivers licenses, title service agents and more. The MVA ensures compliance of state laws and investigates consumer complaints of improper dealer and title service agent performance of duties and fraud.

Obligee and Bond Conditions:

The obligee is the entity that requires the bond. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration requires a license application and a $25,000 surety bond (a $50,000 surety bond is required October 1, 2018). A surety bond ensures the title service agent will make all payments of any taxes and fees due to the state, compliance of regulations and state laws. Failure to comply or perform as required by state laws and regulations may result in a claim filed against the bond by the MVA. If the MVA files a claim against the surety bond, the owner (named as the principal on the bond form) will be responsible for repayment of the claimed amount if the claim is paid out by the surety.

The surety bond must be in place at the time the license is applied for and on file during the duration of the license and subsequent renewals. The premium will renew on the bond every two years. If the title service agent changes ownership, a replacement bond is required to fulfill the surety bond conditions. Failure to maintain or replace the bond could result in a fine or suspension of the license by theMVA.

Surety Bond Requirements:

The original surety bond and power of attorney (provided by the issuing surety) will need to be submitted along with the license application to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. A $50,000 surety bond is required.

The surety bond will need to be in the full business name as well as the trade name if any. The bond must also include the full name of all partners, officers, or owners as listed on the application.

A surety bond is required for each licensed office location.

License Requirements:

  1. Complete the title service agent license application and pay the application fee.
  2. Provide the original signed Zoning Approval Form.
  3. Provide a copy of the verification letter from the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation. All business and trade names must be registered with the state prior to submitting the service agent license application.
  4. The MVA will arrange for a site inspection prior to issuing the license. An investigator will visit the business and insure that the office meets the Maryland Code of Regulations (COMAR) requirements. The requirements include, signage, a desk and chair, locking file cabinet, a telephone, electricity, heating and lighting and the office must not be near any sleeping quarters or other general living areas.
  5. Before the license is issued, applicants will need to attend the business licensing orientation. The class is held monthly from 9:00am until noon.
  6. New applicants without a previous license will need complete the vendor CRT contract.
  7. Complete the use and occupancy permit if a trailer will be used for the office.
  8. Title service agents must either have workers compensation or apply for an exemption.
  9. All applicants will need to pass a criminal background check.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a Maryland Title Service Agent Surety Bond is dependent on credit. Our rates start at $375 with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote based on your specific situation.

Did You Know?

Employees of a licensed dealer or a licensed dealer are not required to apply for a title service agent license.

Related Links:

Maryland Title Service Agent License Information
Maryland Title Service Agent Business Licensing Packet
District of Columbia Title Producer License Bond

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