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.
- Required by: South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation’s Division of Motor Vehicles
- Minimum Bond Amount: $5,000
- Maximum Bond Amount: $50,000
- Valid: 1 year – Renewable
The price for the bond, also known as the bond premium, is only a small fraction of the bond amount.
The specific bond amount is determined on the particular type of vehicle sold:
- Motorcycle, snowmobile- $5,000
- Trailer, emergency vehicle (over 3,001 lbs)- $10,000
- Boat- $20,000
- New and used vehicle- $25,000
- Dealers car action agency- $50,000
If this bond is to be cancelled, the obligee must be notified of the cancellation at least 30 days before the cancellation date. Cancellation becomes effective 30 days after the mailing date of the cancellation notice.
This bond guarantees the principal will abide by all South Dakota state laws and regulations.
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:
- Surety bond
- License application
- Supporting application documents
- $101 license plate set fee + $5 mailing fee
- $300 application fee
- Proof of insurance
All licensing fees are required by the obligee, not the surety company.
For more licensing information, visit South Dakota’s official page.