California Retail Dealer Bond

How Many Bonds Do You Need?

There are bonds required by the state of California for you to sell vehicles which protect the public. There are also bonds that can protect your business or customers which are not required by the state.

California Dealer Bond Requirements

Auto dealers who want to get their license to sell vehicles to the public dealers and wholesalers in California will need to get a retail dealer bond. If you only want to sell vehicles to other dealer and wholesalers, the state requires a different surety bond called a wholesale dealer bond.

Protect Your Business With Fidelity Bonds

If you are looking to protect your clients or dealership from employee dishonesty such as theft, you need fidelity bonds. A business services fidelity bond will protect your customers from dishonest employees. An employee dishonesty bond will protect your dealership from your own employees. For more information visit our fidelity bond center.

What Is The Bonding Process?

Each state department has their own requirements and process. Please follow the steps below to ensure you meet all requirements to operate your dealership:


For detailed information on getting licensed, use our California dealer license guide.


Apply for a retail dealer bond and get an instant approval.


Sign our indemnity agreement, send payment and we will ship your bond to you.

What Is The Bond's Purpose?

California retail dealer bonds protect the public, not you. They guarantee you will follow the terms of your license and follow state laws while selling vehicles. If you have other questions about auto dealer bonds, visit our general auto dealer bond page.

Can I Get A Bond With Bad Credit?

Yes, we have specialty bond markets for anyone with credit issues and can approve you for a retail dealer bond with bad credit. You can apply to get an instant quote.

California Department of Motor Vehicles Resources

The California DMV website provides resources to help dealers find important information. To make sure you have all the information necessary for running your dealership, the dealer requirement section offers dealer handbooks and checklists. You can visit the California DMV Newsroom for the latest news releases. If you are interested in getting automatic updates from the DMV website that impacts dealers, you can sign up for the DMV email alerts.

The cost is a fraction of the $50,000 surety bond amount, which is based on your personal credit. You can apply to get an instant quote and pay for your bond online in minutes.

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