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California Car Wash Bond

Bond Requirements and Online Application

The California Car Wash Bond is required by the California Department of Industrial Relations. The amount of the surety bond is $150,000 per location.

California car wash bond


How Much Does the California Car Wash Bond Cost?

The cost of this surety bond varies. Surety1 has markets available that will provide the California Car Wash bond for as low as $975.00 per year (subject to underwriting approval from the surety company). Full financial disclosure is required to get this low rate. Surety1 has other rates available without having to provide financial statements. Surety1 represents over  dozen surety markets to get you the best rate possible. We are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and have been bonding in California since 2003.

We offer an easy online application and fast service. Get your no-obligation quote today!

Car Wash Requirements

Every person engaged in the business of car washing & polishing must register with the Labor Commissioner. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 13680 through 13693.

Washing and polishing is defined by the Department of Industrial Relations as “Car washing and polishing” and means washing, cleaning, drying, polishing, detailing, servicing, or otherwise providing cosmetic care to vehicles.

When Is a Bond Not Required?

The bond requirement is waived for car wash employers who are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement that meets specified criteria.

Car wash activities excluded from the licensing and bond requirement include:

  • Motor vehicle repair, as defined in Section 9880.1 of the Business and Professions Code.
  • Any charitable, youth, service, veteran, or sports group, club, or association that conducts car washing and polishing on an intermittent basis to raise funds for charitable, education, or religious purposes.
  • Any licensed vehicle dealer or car rental agency that conducts car washing and polishing ancillary to its primary business of selling, leasing, or servicing vehicles.
  • Either a new motor vehicle dealer that is primarily engaged in the business of selling, leasing, renting, or servicing vehicles or an automotive repair dealer.

How to get a California Car wash Bond

It is easy, simply complete our easy to navigate, online application and an agent will be in touch with you with a firm quote withing 24 hours (Mon- Friday). Surety Solutions Insurance Services, Inc. (Surety1) has been writing California Surety bonds since 2003.


How to Get Your California Car Wash Bond

1. Complete an online application. It's free and no-obligation. 2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign. 3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your California Car Wash Bond!   If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.
1. Apply Online Using our Free & Secure Application 2. Get Your Free Quote Applications are No-Obligation 3. Get Your Bond Most Bonds are Approved in 1-2 Business Days