Transient merchant bond cost
The North Dakota Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division requires transient vendors to post surety bonds to legally work within the state. Bond amounts are typically determined by the amount of merchandise an applicant transfers throughout the state, so vendors should verify their required amount of bond coverage prior to beginning the bonding process.
Why this bond
By posting a North Dakota transient merchant bond, the principal (transient merchant) promises to conduct business according to Chapter 51-04 of the North Dakota Century Code. Principals also pledge to comply with all material, oral or written statements made by the principal or his/her agents, representatives or auctioneers with reference to merchandise sold or offered for sale and faithfully perform all warranties made with reference to merchandise sold or offered for sale.
The bond protects the state and individuals from financial loss as a result of a merchant’s unlawful business practices.
Transient merchant bond cost details
Transient merchant bonds in North Dakota must cover the full period of the principal’s license, as well as 2 years after the expiration of the license. The surety can cancel the bond at any time by giving 30 days’ written notice of cancellation by registered mail to the principal and the Attorney General.
The principal and surety cannot amend, modify or vary any condition of the bond without prior written consent from the Attorney General.
Become a transient merchant
North Dakota transient merchant licenses remain valid for 1 year. To apply for this license, an applicant must complete a transient merchant application and sign the form in the presence of a notary public. The following documents and information must be attached to the application:
- $200 application fee
- Photocopy of applicant’s North Dakota sales tax permit
- List of inventory and prices of all merchandise that will be sold within the state
- List of all employees/agents/representatives doing business in the state
- And more
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- Requirements for Completing A Transient Merchants License Application
- North Dakota Office of Attorney General Licensing Section Transient Merchant Bond form
- Chapter 51-04 Transient Merchants
- North Dakota Attorney General Transient Merchant
- North Dakota Legislative Branch Title 51
- Article 10-10 Transient Merchants