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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Surety Bond Requirements

A used motor vehicle dealer, as required in section 4501:1-3-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), shall post with the Attorney General’s Office in favor of this state, a surety bond in the amount of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000).

The surety bond is used solely for the purpose of replenishing funds that have been distributed from the Title Defect Rescission (TDR) fund to compensate retail purchasers of the said dealership.

No license will be issued if a surety bond has not been secured meeting the requirements below. Proof that a surety bond has been secured must be submitted with the application.

The surety bond requirements:

  • The bond needs to include the registered business name of the dealership, as filed with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State;
  • The bond must be posted to the Attorney General’s Office in the amount of $25,000;
  • The bond must be retained for the entire duration of the license; and
  • The Registrar must be notified no less than 30 days of cancellation of the bond.

The original bond MUST be sent to the Attorney General's Office (address below) before the license may be issued. The original bond will be retained by the Attorney General's Office and will not be returned. Any changes to the surety bond, notifications of renewal, or cancellations MUST be reported to the Attorney General's Office.

Ohio Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
Attn: TDRF Unit Surety Bond
30 E. Broad Street, 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Any used motor vehicle dealer that fails to retain a valid bond at any time during the duration of the license, will be immediately referred to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board for possible suspension or revocation of the license.

Those who are exempt from retaining a bond for a used motor dealer’s license:

  • Any new motor vehicle dealer who also holds a used motor vehicle dealers license; or
  • Any used motor vehicle dealer that held a license prior to the effective date of section 4501:1-3-11 of the OAC.

Motor Vehicle Dealer Surety Form

Have Questions?

Please contact us at (614) 752-7636 or email us at Dealers Support.

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Fax: (614) 752-7220

Mailing Address
Ohio BMV Dealer Licensing
PO Box 16521
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521

In Person (Drop-off Services ONLY)
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Applications or paperwork may be dropped off near the security desk. All paperwork that requires payment, cash, check or money orders are accepted; however, no receipt will be available.

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