This bond is for anyone required to file a surety bond along with their defective title application
California Motor Vehicle Title Bond

How do I obtain a bonded title?

We recommend contacting the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure you meet all requirements before purchasing a bond with Self Service Surety. It is your responsibility to follow California DMV directions prior to purchasing a bond. For convenience we have summarized some critical steps here:

1) Complete the “Application for Title or Registration” form, available from the DMV 2) Complete the “Statement of Facts” form, available from the DMV. This form documents how, when and from whom you acquired the vehicle 3) Complete the “Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) / Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW)” form available from the DMV 4) For vehicles under 10 years old, complete an odometer statement 5) Refer to Kelly Blue Book or NADA to determine the value of your vehicle. Be sure to print the report provided. The required bond amount will be equal to the value estimated by Kelly Blue Book or NADA. 6) Return to selfservicesurety.com, click the “ORDER BOND” button, and complete your purchase online. We will mail you the bond. 7) Bring the bond and all previously collected documents to your local DMV. If all paperwork is approved, the California DMV will issue a new bonded title

Obtaining a bonded title can be an involved and complicated process. When in doubt, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles and discuss your questions with a representative.


Who needs a California title bond?

If you purchase or otherwise receive a motor vehicle with a lost or improperly assigned title, a title bond is required to establish your ownership of the car and to register your vehicle.


Why are title bonds required?

A title bond ensures that compensation is available to individuals who subsequently come forward as rightful owner of the vehicle. A rightful owner that comes forward prior to the bond’s expiration may be entitled to compensation up to the full penalty amount of the bond. After the bond’s expiration, the title is considered clean and no further claims can be made. California Bonded Titles expire after 3 years, at which point you can apply for the “bonded” brand to be removed.

General Questions
What is a surety bond? 
What is a surety bond?

A surety bond is a three-party agreement among a principal, an obligee, and a surety.

The bond formalizes the principal's obligation to the obligee. The surety guarantees that the principal will fulfill their obligation.