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