The California Certificate of Title Bond is type of surety bond required by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It’s also referred to as a Motor Vehicle Ownership Surety Bond or Lost Car Title Bond. 

How to Get a California Certificate of Title Bond makes it easy to obtain this surety bond. Our simple 3 step process is:California Certificate of Title Bond

  1. Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application.
  2. Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
  3. Pay the bond premium

Once these steps have been completed, the California Certificate of Title Bond will be shipped to the applicant for the required original signature before it is delivered to the DMV. is a service of AssuredPartners one of the largest and fastest growing insurance agencies in the nation. Representing over a dozen surety bond companies, is the premier online provider of surety bonds nationwide since 2003.

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What is the Bond Amount?

If you do not know how much your Certificate of Title Bond needs to be, you must call the DMV to find out. Surety companies do not know how much your bond needs to be for, only the DMV can give an accurate bond amount. You cannot fully complete our application and we cannot write your bond until the DMV tells you how much the bond amount is, so be sure to get that information to start.

The cost of the surety bond is usually between 1% and 2% of the bond amount, subject to a minimum premium and fees of $150. Surety1 will shop its many markets to procure the right price at the right terms.

When Might I Need a California Certificate of Title Bond?

You may need a lost car title surety bond in California when you cannot provide the original title for your vehicle when applying for a duplicate title. This could happen if you have lost the title, it has been stolen, or it has been damaged or destroyed. ALWAYS check with the DMV prior to applying for the bond. Here are some specific examples of when you might need a lost car title surety bond in California:

  • You have lost the title to your car and cannot find it.
  • Your car title has been stolen.
  • Your car title has been damaged or destroyed in a fire, flood, or other disaster.
  • You are buying a car from a private seller and the seller does not have the title.
  • You are inheriting a car from a relative and the relative did not have the title.
  • You are moving to California from another state and your car title is from another state.

Always contact your local DMV office for more information.

What is the purpose of the bond?

This form is used to support the issuance of a California title when regular evidence of ownership for the vehicle is not obtainable. Determination if a bond is required is based on the value of the vehicle.


The bond must be conditioned to protect the department, the applicant, and any future owner against loss resulting from any defect in, or undisclosed claim upon, ownership of the vehicle.

If you recently bought a car and do not have a title or the title has been damaged or lost, you might need to get a Bonded Title. This is essentially a title based on the value of the vehicle when the original proof of ownership has been lost or damaged and cannot be reproduced. In order to obtain a bonded title, the following must be submitted to the DMV:

  • A completed application form (available from DMV)
  • A statement of facts form
  • Weight certificate
  • A California Certificate of Title Surety Bond



How to Get Your California Certificate of Title 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 Surety Bond!

If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.

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