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Car Wash Bond / Car Wash Surety Bonds New York

DCA Department of Consumer Affairs NYC New York NY

As of December 4, 2017 A surety bond in the amount of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) in favor of the DCA or Department of Consumer Affairs NY is now required. Within a policy brief in 2008 by the New York State Department of Labor found that a large percentage of New York City’s car wash operators were violating minimum wage or overtime laws. Many of the state’s car wash employees are immigrants that are paid under the table, making it difficult to prove labor violations. The act will mandate car wash operators to obtain a license and file a $150,000 surety bond if they are not members of a union and a $30,000 bond if they are members of a union. 

The bond may either be on the surety’s form or on the form provided by the Department of Labor, Car Wash Bond. See below link

Department of Consumer Affairs New York City Car Wash Bond Form

Car Wash Surety Bond Requirements – New and Renewal

A surety bond in the amount of $150,000 must be in place and continuous while conducting a car washing and polishing business required by the DCA or Department of Consumer Affairs New York City, unless you are covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement.
Quick List of Requirements to Apply for a Car Wash License

See Requirements section for detailed descriptions. Make sure you provide all requirements; otherwise, your application is incomplete. DCA can only consider complete applications for license issuance.
Basic License Application
Car Wash Self-Certification
Sales Tax Identification Number OR Application Confirmation Number
Copy of your $150,000 Surety Bond, properly signed
Proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Disability Benefits Insurance
Proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance (with Additional Insured Endorsements)
Proof of Unemployment Insurance
Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
License Fee

Important Message about Business Certificate / DCA – Department of Consumer Affairs NYC

You must have the applicable Business Certificate based on your business’s legal structure. Although DCA does not require submission of your Business Certificate in order to process your application, DCA may request this document under section 20-104 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Sole proprietors operating under a name other than your own must have a Business/Assumed Name Certificate.

Partnerships must have a Partnership Certificate and, if applicable, an Assumed Name Certificate for your business.

Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, or Limited Liability Partnerships must register and remain active with the New York State Division of Corporations. DCA will verify active status prior to license issuance. You can check your status at www.dos.ny.gov/corps.

Contact information and website for the State Obligee below:

ONLINE

Department of Consumer Affairs New York City Car Wash Checklist & Information

IN PERSON
File in person at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center. 

DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
(DCA) LICENSING CENTER
42 Broadway, Lobby 
New York, NY 10004 
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(212) NEW-YORK

NYC SMALL BUSINESS 
SUPPORT CENTER 
90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This page is for informational purposes only, always consult with your attorney, State, Local and City Departments for their specific licensing requirements.

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