Ohio MVD Bond

Ohio MVD Bond

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An Ohio Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond (MVD Bond) is a type of surety bond required by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The bond guarantees that the motor vehicle dealer will comply with all applicable Ohio state laws and regulations when engaging in motor vehicle sales and leasing activities. The bond amount is stipulated by the Ohio BMV and is based on the type and volume of business being conducted. If the dealer fails to comply with the laws, the bond is available to provide compensation to customers who suffer financial loss due to the dealers actions. This bond is required in order to obtain and maintain a valid Ohio motor vehicle dealer license.

What is an Ohio Car Dealer Bond? 

Ohio Car Dealer Bonds are required by Ohio's BMV to obtain your Dealer license. The MVD Bond amount for the sale of New and used vehicles is set at $25,000.  The Auto Dealer bond ensures that the principal shall comply with the conditions of any contract made by such licensee in connection with the sale or exchange of any motor vehicle and shall not violate any of the provisions of law relating to the conduct of the business for which it is licensed.

The State requires a Car Dealer bond for each license you hold:  

$25,000 surety bond for New and Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, Public Consignment Auction Dealers and for all types of Dealers

Different parts of a bond:

There are 3 parts to a MVD surety bond. The Principal "YOU", The Surety Company, and the Obligee. The Principal is the business or individual applying for the MVD Surety Bond. The Obligee  is the individual or entity requiring the Surety Bond and the Surety Company is the company who provides the Surety Bond coverage.

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Ohio MVD Bond Requirements and Information:

A used motor vehicle dealer, as required in section 4501:1-3-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), shall post with the Attorney General’s Office in favor of this state, a surety bond in the amount of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000).

The surety bond is used solely for the purpose of replenishing funds that have been distributed from the Title Defect Rescission (TDR) fund to compensate retail purchasers of the said dealership.

No license will be issued if a surety bond has not been secured meeting the requirements below. Proof that a surety bond has been secured must be submitted with the application.

The surety bond requirements:

  • The bond needs to include the registered business name of the dealership, as filed with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State;
  • The bond must be posted to the Attorney General’s Office in the amount of $25,000;
  • The bond must be retained for the entire duration of the license; and
  • The Registrar must be notified no less than 30 days of cancellation of the bond.

The original bond MUST be sent to the Attorney General's Office (address below) before the license may be issued. The original bond will be retained by the Attorney General's Office and will not be returned. Any changes to the surety bond, notifications of renewal, or cancellations MUST be reported to the Attorney General's Office.

Ohio Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
Attn: TDRF Unit Surety Bond
30 E. Broad Street, 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Any used motor vehicle dealer that fails to retain a valid bond at any time during the duration of the license, will be immediately referred to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board for possible suspension or revocation of the license.

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