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Iowa Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

Bond Requirements and Online Application

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.

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Surety Bond

  • Required by: Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Minimum Bond Amount: $75,000
  • Maximum Bond Amount: Varies
  • Valid: Continuous – Renewable

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.

How to become a licensed car dealer in Iowa

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:

  • Surety bond
  • License application
  • Supporting documents for license application
  • Proof of sales tax license
  • Credit report
  • Background check
  • Completed education courses approved by the Division
  • Licensing fees

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.

How to get an Iowa Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

How to Get Your Iowa Motor Vehicle Dealer 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 Iowa Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond!   If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.
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