Vehicle Verifier Bonds Explained
California’s DMV requires that people who do vehicle verification must be registered in the state. The vehicle verifier bond is one of the requirements that verifiers need to fulfill prior to being granted a permit. The bond protects the state of California, as well as vehicle owners, against potential unlawful actions on part of vehicle verifiers.
Like other surety bonds, vehicle verifier bonds represent an agreement between you (the vehicle verifier), the DMV, and a bonding company. The bonding company backs the bond, and guarantees that the verifier will abide by the provisions of the bond agreement. In case that doesn’t happen, the surety and the vehicle verifier are jointly liable to provide compensation for any losses incurred by the state or third parties.
If you have any questions regarding your application, feel free to call us at (877)-514-5146. To learn more about vehicle verifier bonds, keep reading the sections below.
Questions about Vehicle Verifier Bond
Who needs to get bonded as a vehicle verifier in California?
California defines as vehicle verifier as “a person not expressly excluded by California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 675.6 who inspects, records, documents, and submits to the department, or its authorized representative, such proof of vehicle identification as may be required by the department for the purpose of registering or transferring the ownership of vehicles.”
Exempted parties include authorized DMV employees, peace officers and special agents of the National Theft Auto Bureau.
What’s the cost of vehicle verifier bonds?
As far as surety bonds go, vehicle verifier bonds are pretty inexpensive. The total amount is set at just $5,000. This amount is the maximum compensation a claimant can receive from the vehicle verifier if they transgress the law.
The cost of a vehicle verifier bond is much less than that. We can underwrite these bonds for as little as $100 per year. Unlike other types of bonds, these bonds can be underwritten without a credit report check.
How do I apply for a vehicle verifier bond?
We have a fast and secure online application, which you can use to apply for your bond in just minutes. One of our agents will contact you with a free bond quote and will be at your disposal for any questions you may have. We do all of the paperwork for you, so there is little else you will need to do.
After all of the paperwork is complete, your bond will be issued within two business days.
Click on the link below to look at the bond form, and get a better idea of what kind of information it requires from you:
California Vehicle Verifier Bond Form
How can I protect myself from bond claims?
As we already mentioned, if you break the terms of the bond agreement, you can be liable for up to $5,000. It can also make it harder to get bonded next time you apply.
To make sure you stay out of bond claims you need to understand California’s regulations concerning you, and in particular:
- Sections 675.5, 675.6, and 11300-11310 of the California Vehicle Code
- Title 13, Chapter 1 of the California Code of Regulations
- Section 6157 (a) - (d) of the Government Code
How can I get a vehicle verifier license in California?
The website of California’s DMV has a Vehicle Verifier Handbook which has detailed information on how you must complete and submit your application. There are several forms you need to complete:
- The California Vehicle Verifier Bond Form (OL 26)
- Application for a Vehicle Verifier’s Permit (OL 19)
- Request for Live Scan Clearance (DMV 8016)
- Application for Occupational License Personal History Questionnaire, Part B, Individual Licensing Unit (OL 29I)
Afterwards, you must pay application fees (a total of $116) and mail your application to the DMV. The license is valid for two years. Keep in mind that your vehicle verifier bond needs to be valid when applying for renewal.
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