Lost Title Bond

Lost Title Bond Information

Before applying for a Lost Title bond - contact the DMV first to learn the exact amount of the bond they will require.  The requirement varies state to state - so to avoid upset in the process, DO NOT GUESS what the DMV will accept. A lost title bond, also known as vehicle title bond or a defective title bond, is required as a replacement of a vehicle’s proof of ownership. It’s necessary if you’d like to sell or transfer a vehicle that you own, for which you have no title. The bond is required whether your vehicle titles have been lost or stolen, you have been sold a car with no titles and the merchant is out of business, or you’ve built your own vehicle. The vehicle has to be clear of liens before a bond can be executed. If a person makes claims of ownership on a vehicle whose titles were missing at an earlier point, the bond guarantees that all relevant damages will be paid. For vehicles with lost or stolen titles, the surety bond serves as a certificate of title, providing a clean record and legitimate proof of ownership. Usually the term of the title bond is three years. In principle, the title bond, just like any surety bond, is a contract between three parties. You as the vehicle owner are the principal, the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state is the obligee, and the surety is the one providing the bond. If a claim is made on the bond within its term, and the claim is proven, the surety that has underwritten the bond will compensate the damages up to the penal sum of the bond. Afterwards you will need to fully reimburse it, though, as this is the condition of bonding. That’s why obtaining a title bond should be done only for vehicles that you own, as a claim can be quite costly.

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Three party agreement

Surety Bond Definition: The definition of a surety bond is as follows: A surety bond is a binding agreement between three parties. This agreement sets forth a financial guarantee by one party ( “surety” ) to another party ( “obligee” ) that a third party ( “principal” ) will fulfill required obligations to the obligee, and that state, federal, and local laws and applicable regulations will be adhered to. Let’s examine each of the three parties.

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