How do I apply for an auto dealers license in Florida? Florida

First of all, let's see if you need to have a Florida auto dealers license.

Who Needs a FL Dealer License?

The rules are stringent: Within any 12-month period, if you buy, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, or deal in at least three motor vehicles you must apply for a motor vehicle dealers license.

How to Apply for a FL Car Dealers License

The first step involves getting your planned car dealer location approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Regional Office. Once that happens, you must submit a completed dealers application to the DMV office. (You can obtain the form online or at a DMV regional office.)

You'll need to include a host of documents and your fee payments with your application; for a complete list, consult the dealers section of the DHSMV site. But, expect to include:

  • A copy of the lease for location or proof of ownership.
  • A copy of your dealer training seminar certificate.
  • Your sales tax number.
  • Your federal employer identification number.
  • A surety bond form or letter of credit form.
  • Your fingerprint application.
Keep in mind some of these car dealer paperwork requirements vary depending on which of the six motor vehicle dealer licenses you're seeking:

  • Independent dealer (class VI)
  • Franchise dealer (VF)
  • Service facility (SF)
  • Wholesale dealer (VW)
  • Auctions (VA)
  • Salvage (SD)
It's important to note these dealer license procedures apply to distributors of both new cars and used cars.

Additional Information: Auto Sales Dealer Licensing


Obviously, becoming a car sales dealer is complex; it's best to consult with a representative from a DMV regional office if you need clarification or more information.

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