California Car Wash Surety Bonds

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The California Car Wash Surety Bond is required by the California Department of Industrial Relations. Car washing and polishing “means washing, cleaning, drying, polishing, detailing, servicing, or otherwise providing cosmetic care to vehicles. “Car washing and polishing” does not include motor vehicle repair, as defined in Section 9880.1 of the Business and Professions Code. Labor Code section 2051(a). Any business engaged in the above is required to post a $15,000 surety bond for each location. The bond is in place to help ensure that wages, interest on wages, and fringe benefits are paid to employees.

CLICK HERE for more information on obtaining a car washing and polishing registration certificate from the California Department of Industrial Relations


Assembly bill 1387 was signed into law October 11, 2013. This law increases the amount of the required surety bond from the current $15,000.00 to $150,000.  The new bond requirement does not apply to car wash employers who are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement. When your registration renews, you will have to post the new bond amount if you are a non-union shop.  Surety1 has markets available to place this bond with rates from 1% .

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How do you get a California Car Wash Surety Bond?

1. Complete an online application by clicking below on Get Bonded Now
2. One of our surety experts will call and email you with the firm quote and an agreement to sign.
3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, then you will receive your bond!


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