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Utah Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds


Utah Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Information

Utah motor vehicle dealers, special equipment dealers, crushers and body shops must furnish surety bonds (form TC-450) as required per provisions of the Motor Vehicle Business Regulation. The surety bond amounts required are as follows:

  • Motor vehicle dealer — $75,000
  • ATV/snowmobile/motorcycle/small trailer dealer — $10,000 (A small trailer is a trailer that has an unladen weight of 750- 1999 lbs.)
  • Bond amounts for crushers and body shops vary and should be verified with the state prior to requesting a bond quote

How Much Does a Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Cost in Utah?

Most Common Bonds

Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

$75,000 Bond

Body Shop Operator Bond

$20,000 Bond

Motor Vehicle Crusher Bond

$10,000 Bond

Additional Bonds

Motorcycle, Scooter or Small Trailer Dealer

$10,000 Bond

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Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond - For Dealers of New Vehicles

$75,000 Bond

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What does a Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Protect Against?

The surety bond ensures lawful business practices and compliance with rules and regulations set out by Chapter 3, Title 41 of the Motor Vehicle Business Regulation Act. Specifically, the bond will indemnify persons, firms and corporations for loss suffered by reason of Principal's failure to conduct business without:

  • fraud
  • fraudulent representation
  • violating subsection 41-3-301(1), which requires a dealer to submit or deliver a certificate of title or manufacturer's certificate of origin
  • violating subsection 41-3-402(1 ), which requires payoff of liens on motor vehicles traded in

The total aggregate liability on this bond to all persons making claims, regardless of the number of the claimants or the number of years a bond remains in force, may not exceed the stated bond amount. The bond may be canceled by the surety company at any time by providing 60 days advance written notice to the to the Principal and to the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division Administrator.

Getting Your Utah Business License or Registration

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

  • Completed application
  • FBI fingerprint cards and waivers for owners
  • Photographs as required
  • Surety bond
  • Sales tax number from Utah State Tax Commission
  • Training seminar
  • 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.