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District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds


District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Information

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 Does a Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Cost in District of Columbia?

Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

$25,000 Bond

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What does a Motor Vehicle Dealer 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.

Getting Your District of Columbia Business 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.