There are only a handful of states that allow their citizens to earn a living processing motor vehicle transactions, fortunately for you, Pennsylvania is one of them.
Each year the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) publishes an annual Report of Registrations. The report provides an account of every passenger vehicle, truck, tractor, mobile home, boat, RV, school bus, public transit bus, Limo, and any other class of vehicle that you can think of, that is registered in the Commonwealth.
According to PennDOT’s most recent report, there are more than 11 million registered vehicles in the state.
With so many registered vehicles, there are also a lot of title transfers, temporary registrations, and renewals to process.
In addition to the number of registered vehicles, the state also has an estimated 8 million licensed drivers.
PennDOT would be overwhelmed if they had to handle all of the state’s vehicle and driver licensing services themselves.
Therefore, if you live or work in the Commonwealth, you have the opportunity to become an agent on behalf of PennDOT. PennDOT contracts with full agents, card agents and messengers. However, if you only want to expand your notary services without taking on to much responsibility becoming a card agent may be for you.
Becoming a PennDOT Card Agent
Out of the three types of agents who contract with PennDOT, the card agent is authorized to provide the most minimal services on the department’s behalf.
A card agent can issue temporary registration cards in connection with the transfer of an existing registration plate.
As an example:
Jake wants to transfer his existing registration plates from his car to his truck.
Carmen, the card agent, can complete the transfer of registration form and issue a temporary registration card.
If Jake wants to register a new vehicle, Carmen would not be able to provide that service.
However, the advantage of becoming a card agent is that it is relatively simple to get started. To become a card agent, you will need:
- Be a commissioned notary public in any state
- Pass a criminal background check
- Post a $3,000 surety bond
The surety bond is issued on behalf of PennDOT and does NOT protect the you. If you violate the terms of agent service contract and cause financial harm to a citizen, PennDOT can use the bond to repay the citizen. You would then be required to repay the bond company. The average cost of a bond is between $100 – $300 dollars and remains active for three years.
Card agents must also maintain a physical location and have a plan to secure temporary registration cards.
See Card Agent Contract Below
Card agent contracts are good for three years.