Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Lost Title Bond

How do I obtain a bonded title?

We recommend contacting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to ensure you meet all requirements before purchasing a bond with Self Service Surety. It is your responsibility to understand and follow allow requirements prior to purchasing a bond. For convenience we have summarized the steps required according to documentation available at wisconsindot.gov.

  1. Complete the Application for a Bonded Certificate of Title to a Vehicle form (MV2082) and the Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application form (MV1).
  2. Submit as directed on the forms along with applicable fees.
  3. WisDOT will review the application, research vehicle records and determine the required bond amount.
  4. WisDOT will send you a letter requesting a surety bond for the amount determined above.
  5. Purchase a surety bond and submit it to WisDOT.

There are many additional important details and exceptions in addition to the steps laid out above. When in doubt, contact WisDOT and discuss your questions with a representative.

Who needs a Wisconsin 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. It is best to call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation directly to clarify your requirements.

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. Wisconsin bonded titles expire after 5 years, at which point you can apply for the “bonded” brand to be removed.

Bond Terms
Amount and Term
Starting at $1,000 for Five Years
Starting at $100 for Five Years
Issue Type
Instant Issue
Instant Issue Bolt

State of Wisconsin

Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 8070

Madison, WI 53708-8070

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General Questions

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.

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