The State of California may require a bond to obtain a title for an undocumented vessel when the required supporting evidence of ownership is not available. The value of the vessel must be $2,000 or more to qualify for the bond.
The bond amount must be the fair market value of the vessel as determined by one of the following:
Next you will purchase the surety bond. Make sure to use the fair market value that you looked up, to fill out the application for the bond.
Fill out the Application for Registration Number, Certificate of Ownership, and Certificate of Number for Undocumented Vessel form (Boat 101), https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/uploads/2020/03/boat101.pdf
You will submit all documentation to your local DMV.
CA DMV, Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/handbook/vehicle-industry-registration-procedures-manual-2/bonds-and-certifications/undocumented-vessel-surety-bond/
How to Register, Renew, or Transfer a Vessel: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/how-to-register-renew-or-transfer-a-vessel-htvr-20/
You’ll know if you need a surety bond because some entity will have required you to obtain one. They must also inform you of which specific bond type you’ll need. There are thousands of bonds across the country, all of which vary by state and industry.
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