Businesses are required to file a $50,000.00 bond with the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety (the "Obligee") to activate their license. The bond protects the Obligee by transferring to a surety bond company the cost of ensuring the public is compensated for damages resulting from a licensed business breaking licensing laws.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Dealer - Individual bonds typically cost between $500 and $4,500 depending on the personal credit, license history, and experience of the business owners and the surety carrier issuing the bond.
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Surety carriers will run a credit report as part of underwriting the bond because the business ultimately must reimburse the surety bond company for any claims made on the bond.
Businesses are required to purchase and file a $50,000 bond with the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety to activate their license. The bond protects the Obligee by transferring to a surety bond company the cost of ensuring the public is compensated for damages resulting from the failure of a licensed business complying with the provisions of licensing laws.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Dealer - Individual bonds must be issued by an insurance carrier admitted by the Minnesota Department of Insurance. The insurance company issuing any surety bond, such as the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Dealer - Individual bond, will also be referred to as the "surety company" or the "bond company". The business is referred to as the Principal, the surety bond company as the Obligor and the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety as the Obligee.
The surety company provides the Obligee a guarantee (the surety bond) that the customers, vendors and employees of a licensed business will receive payment for financial damages due to a violation of licensing law up the bond amount stated on the bond form ("penal sum"). The bond company also directly receives claims from the public and determines the validity of claims. Ultimately, the licensed business owners are responsible for their actions and required by law to reimburse the surety company for any payments made under the bond or face indefinite license suspension.