Motor Vehicle Defective Title Bonds

The Motor Vehicle Defective Title Bond is required by the Department of Motor Vehicles when a vehicle’s title is lost or defective.

NOTE: Include with your application, copies of proof of ownership (registration or bill of sale), and an explanation as to what happened to the original title.

The vehicle’s year, make, model, vehicle identification number, and current estimated value are required.

A Defective Title Bond is issued for the estimated retail value of the vehicle not the sale price. For example, if a vehicle is sold for $100, but the current value is estimated at $5000, the bond is issued for $5000. The only exception is if the current value is more than the purchase price because of upgrades or improvements, since it cannot be verified that such modifications indeed increase the value of the vehicle. In this situation, use the original selling price.



(Complete both the Application & the Inquiry Questionnaire below)


California DMV Defective Title Bond Application (PDF) - Credit cards accepted.


Colorado, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, or Tennessee DMV Defective Title Bond Application (PDF) - Credit cards not accepted.


Motor Vehicle Defective Title Bond Inquiry (PDF)


Fax Instructions:

Complete fully, sign, and date as directed the application forms.


Fax documents to:

(877)577-1722 or (209)954-0800

Or email:

Please forward by the original signed forms and documentation.


Mail Instructions:

Complete fully, sign, and date as directed the application forms.


Mail the completed forms and documentation to:

Sanguinetti & Co.

7337 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 95207-1924

Our Locations

 Stockton Location

Stockton Location

7337 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
Main office: 209-322-4048
Toll free: 800-350-7700
Angels Camp Location

Angels Camp Location

178 N. Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Main office: 209-790-4925
Toll free: 800-350-7700

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