Motor vehicle dealers are required to post a Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond as part of the process to license the dealership. The amount of the bond depends on what type of vehicles are to be sold, the amount of vehicles you plan to sell, and other factors. Read our Car Dealer License Guide to learn more about how to get your dealership licensed and bonded.
The price for the bond, also known as the bond premium, is only a small fraction of the bond amount.
This bond guarantees the principal will abide by all Iowa state laws and regulations.
Since this bond is continuous, it is in full force and effect until cancelled. If the bond is cancelled, a written notice of cancellation must be submitted to the Department of Transportation at least 30 days before the cancellation date.
The applicant should verify the bond amount with the obligee before applying for the bond to ensure the bond amount is correct.
Surety1 is not directly involved with the licensing process, but we’ve compiled this information which may helpful for you.
State licensing fees and requirements:
All licensing fees are required by the obligee, not the surety company.
The license must be renewed December 31st of each even-numbered year.
For more licensing information, visit Iowa’s official page.