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Washington Vehicle Dealer Bond

Who needs a Washington Vehicle Dealer Bond?

All licensed vehicle dealers are required to maintain a Washington Vehicle Dealer Bond by the State of Washington. The bond is required as part of your dealer license application.


Why is the Washington Vehicle Dealer Bond required?

The Washington Vehicle Dealer Bond helps ensure that dealers conduct business ethically and lawfully.


How do I know this is the required bond for my business?

You may have heard this bond referred to as a Washington Vehicle Dealer License Surety Bond, Washington DMV Bond, Dealer Bond, Dealer License Bond, Car Dealer Bond or Auto Dealer Bond. While people use many names, they refer to the same bond. If you are a Vehicle Dealer in the State of Washington, this bond is required to obtain your license.

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.