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Secure Your texas Bonded Title with TMD

Fast-track your Texas bonded title with TMD’s reliable bonding services. Get started today for a hassle-free, seamless path to vehicle ownership — because your peace of mind shouldn’t have to wait.

Title Bonds less than $6,699
Start at $100

Title Bonds $6,700 – $15,000
 Start at $101

Title Bonds over $15,000
 Start at $225

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What Is a Bonded Title in Texas?

A bonded title in Texas is a state-issued document to prove you own a vehicle when the original title is missing. The police and Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) accept it as proof of ownership. It lets you sell, register, or insure your vehicle legally.

Why Do You Need a Title Bond in Texas?

A title bond is needed when the original title is invalid, missing, or damaged. Reasons to get a bonded title in Texas:

  • Seller or Your Name Not on Title: If the title doesn’t show who bought or sold the car.
  • Damage to the Title: If damage makes the title unreadable.
  • The Original Title Is Missing: If you can’t find the original title.
  • A Non-Operational Vehicle: If the vehicle isn’t running but still has its frame and motor.

You may need a title bond for the following vehicles if you’re facing the listed issues:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers
  • Motor Homes
  • Boats, Jet Skis, Watercrafts
  • Off-Road Vehicles (like dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, and side-by-sides)

How to Get a Bonded Title in Texas

Get your Texas title bond in three easy steps – Fast, Simple, Secure!

We’ve tailored our bonded title process to your needs, guaranteeing a smooth, hassle-free experience. Secure your vehicle ownership today!

How Much Is a Bonded Title in Texas?

The cost of a Texas bonded title starts at $100. The final amount you’ll pay depends on the surety bond value required for your vehicle. 

You can check your vehicle’s value using the Standard Presumptive Value Calculator. Visit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Here’s a breakdown of prices for a title bond in Texas:

  • If your bond is $6,699 or less, it costs $100. This is the lowest rate you’ll find.
  • If your bond is more than $6,699, you pay $15 for every $1,000 of your car’s value. Calculate your car’s value on the TxDMV website.
  • For bonds over $15,000, it’s best to get a quote. The cost can vary.

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To get a bonded title in Texas, follow these steps and requirements:

  1. Live in Texas or Be in the Military: Prove you live in Texas or serve in the military here. A Texas ID, driver’s license, or military orders will work.
  2. Proof of Ownership Attempt: Show you tried to get the original title from the previous owner or through other legal means.
  3. Legal Possession of the Vehicle: Ensure the car is yours legally. This means no active liens or disputes over ownership.
  4. Complete Vehicle: In Texas, the vehicle must include the frame, body, and motor. Motorcycles need a frame and motor but don’t have to work.
  5. No Junked Status: The state cannot label the vehicle as junked or non-repairable.
  6. Vehicle Inspection: Have your vehicle inspected at a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) station. They’ll verify the VIN and ensure the vehicle matches state records.
  7. Buy a Bond: Texas requires a surety bond worth 1.5 times the vehicle’s value. This bond protects against future ownership disputes.
  8. Fill Out the Form: Complete the Texas Bonded Title Application (Form VTR-130-SOF). Include your bond certificate and submit these at your local Texas DMV.
  9. Pay the Fees: You must pay a small fee to submit your application. This includes the title fee.
  10. Out-of-State Vehicles: Secure a VIN inspection (Form VTR-68-A) for cars that have never received a bonded title in Texas.

What to Do Next

After meeting these requirements, the Texas DMV will review your application. Once approved, you’ll receive your bonded title. This lets you legally register, insure, and use your vehicle in Texas.

For any questions or further clarification, contact our bond specialists.

Your Go-To Experts for Texas Bonded Titles

TMD Surety Bonds is where Texas spirit meets bonding expertise! For over 12 years, we’ve been helping our fellow Texans get the surety bonds they need.

Bonded titles? That’s our specialty – we make securing your title bond title fast and stress-free.

Choose TMD family and leave confident, knowing you’re in the best hands in Texas.

  • Transparent Costs: Starting at just $100.
  • No Surprises: What you see is what you get, no hidden fees.
  • Instant Service: Get your title bond emailed to you right away.
  • Everyone’s Welcome: We don’t do credit checks.
  • Big Bonds? Easy: We handle high-value bonds without a hitch.
  • Trusted Locally: We’re your neighbors, known and reliable.
  • Convenience Your Way: Visit us online or in person, right next to the Fort Worth DMV.

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Make an appointment with the TX DMV using the link below or walk-ins are welcome.

You will turn in the VTR 130 SOF bonded title application to the DMV. The state charges $15.00 process the application.

You will then know how much of a surety bond you need to buy from your Notice of Determination letter.


Purchase your bond from our website using the information from your Notice of Determination letter the DMV gave you.


You will then take all the paperwork to your local county tax office to finalize the transfer of title into your name. You will receive your registration sticker and plates then if you are registering your vehicle. Your title will be mailed directly to you from the state DMV in Austin.  


An applicant will need to meet a few requirements to be eligible for a bonded title and receive their Notice of Determination from the state DMV.

  • Must be a Texas Resident or in the Military stationed in Texas

  • Must be in legal possession of the vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be complete. It must contain a frame, body, and motor. A motorcycle will need the frame and motor. It is not required to be functional.

    • *The vehicle can not be junked or non repairable.
      If you meet the above criteria, you will need to bring the following to the DMV to apply.

      • VTR 130 SOF – Bonded Title Application

      • A valid government issued ID.

      • Proof of ownership is sometimes required for risk and tax purposes. Title or copy of title, Bill of Sale, Auction Receipt, Etc.

      • Out of state vehicles that have not been titled in Texas before will need to obtain a VTR 68-A VIN inspection from their local county sheriff’s department.


Below is a list of who can apply for a bonded title:

  • The Public
  • A Motor Vehicle Dealership
  • A Mechanic
  • A Company
  • Someone who purchased a vehicle without a title.
  • Someone who purchased a vehicle with a defective title.
  • Previous owner did not transfer title in their name before selling the vehicle.
  • Title is signed incorrectly.
  • Title is illegible.
  • Someone who purchased a vehicle with only a bill of sale/receipt.

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The bonding process can be confusing and cumbersome. Our surety bond experts are standing by and ready to answer any questions. Let’s get you bonded today!

Texas Title Bond FAQ

A bonded title in Texas replaces a missing or invalid car title. Secure your title bond in a streamlined process within the same day. Here’s how:

  1. Application: Start with the DMV form (VTR-130-SOF) and pay a $15 fee.
  2. Valuation and Bond: Determine your car’s value and buy a Surety Bond from TMD.
  3. Complete the Process: Finish the title transfer at your county tax office. You’ll also get your registration sticker and plates.

This efficient method allows you to register, sell, or insure your vehicle legally.

A bonded title lets you do a few important things with your vehicle:

  1. Register it: You can get plates and a sticker.
  2. Sell it: You can give the vehicle to someone else.
  3. Insure it: You can get insurance to protect your vehicle.
  4. Show you own it: It proves the vehicle is yours.

In short, a bonded title lets you use and manage your vehicle almost the same way as a clean title does.

Getting a bonded title in Texas is straightforward. But it does require gathering documents and following specific steps.

You’ll need proof of your attempt to get the original title, a statement of the vehicle’s value, and a bond.

It’s not difficult if you have all the necessary information and complete the steps. The key is to follow the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles’ guidelines.

To get a bonded title in Texas, here’s what you need:

  • Live in Texas or be in the Military stationed in Texas.
  • Must be in legal possession of the vehicle.
  • The vehicle must be complete. It needs a frame, body, and motor. For motorcycles, a frame and motor. It doesn’t need to function.
  • The vehicle can not be non-repairable or junked.

If this sounds like you, bring these things to the DMV:

  • Bonded Title Application (VTR 130 SOF).
  • A valid government-issued ID.
  • Proof of ownership. This can be a title, Bill of Sale, or Auction Receipt.

Note: Out-of-state vehicles will need a (VTR 68-A) VIN inspection by the local sheriff.

You can apply at the DMV, purchase your surety bond, and complete the bonded title transfer all in the same day. You will receive the physical title in the mail from Austin in about two to three weeks.

A bonded title will stay in the state DMV’s database for three years. This is a Texas requirement. After the three years is up, it is automatically removed and the ownership can no longer be disputed.

A bonded title is not the same as a clean title.

  • A clean title means a vehicle has no issues, like severe damage, theft, or liens.
  • A bonded title is needed when the original title is missing or invalid. It’s a temporary proof of ownership, backed by a surety bond to protect against potential claims on the vehicle.

If there are no claims against the bond, you can convert the bonded title into a clean title after three years.

Yes, it is perfectly safe to purchase a car with a bonded title. The bond liability remains with the purchaser of the bond for the three year term.

Yes, you can sell a car with a bonded title. This type of title still proves you own the vehicle. When you sell it, let the buyer know the title is bonded. This means the buyer will understand the title’s status and can take steps to get a regular title later.

If you lose your bonded title in Texas, don’t worry. You can get a replacement. Here’s how:

  1. Report the Loss: Tell the DMV you lost your bonded title.
  2. Fill Out a Form: Complete a VTR-34 Form. This form asks about your vehicle and its last title.
  3. Pay the Fee: There’s a small fee for getting a new title.
  4. Submit Your Application: Give your completed form and fee to the DMV. You can do this in person or by mail.

After you’ve done this, the DMV will check everything and send you a new bonded title. This way, you can keep using your vehicle like before.

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