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District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

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Who Requires the Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond and Why Is It Needed?

Salesman. Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond for auto dealers or others who buy, sell, auction, or repair cars or other motor vehicles.

Those engaged in the business of buying, selling, distributing, exchanging, or dealing in motor vehicles or trailers in the District of Columbia must furnish a $25,000 surety bond. The bond is required by The Washington Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Motor Vehicles and is purchased for the duration of the 2-year license period.

How Much Will My Surety Bond Cost?

Take 2 minutes to provide the basic information required to get the best rates for your District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond. The quote request is free and there is no obligation to you. If you prefer, please call 1‐800‐608‐9950 to speak with one of our friendly bond experts. We can help guide you through the bonding process and identify the lowest cost in the market for your situation.

If you are interested in spreading out the cost of your bond over time, we can offer convenient financing plans for many types of surety bonds. More information will be provided with your quote.

What Does the Bond Protect Against?

The surety bond protects third parties aggrieved by a bonded principal’s violation of any law or regulation in force in the District of Columbia relating to the Motor Vehicle Dealer Business. The bond also ensures lawful business practices and compliance with the rules, regulations and orders set out by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs of the District of Columbia.

The aggregate liability under this surety bond shall not exceed the bond amount during the term for which it is issued. All motor vehicle dealer bonds in the District of Columbia are posted with a term for the duration of the 2-year license period.

What is Needed to Obtain My License or Registration?

The following is an overview of the key motor vehicle dealer licensing requirements in the District of Columbia.

  • Completed application
  • Corporate registration
  • $25,000 surety bond
  • Clean Hands Self-Certification
  • Tax Number
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Police Criminal History Report (Form PD-70)
  • Certified Letter of Authorization
  • Car Order and Bill of Sale and/or Conditional Sales Contract
  • Motor Vehicle Salesperson Designation Letter
  • Surveyor's Plat (Outdoor Facilities Only)
  • Licensing and related fees
  • Additional items may be needed and exact requirements may vary based on applicant, license type or obligee discretion. Please see obligee and state links in the Other Helpful Information and Links section below or contact the obligee directly for more information.

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