Last Updated 4th of June, 2010
Where do I apply for an auto dealers license?
Applying for Your Auto Dealers LicenseEvery state and the District of Columbia requires a dealers license in order to sell used cars and new cars. Dealer license requirements and fees vary by state, as do the governing bodies of this part of the car sales business (see grid below).
In addition to requiring proper dealer documents and fees, all governing licensing boards also mandate specific place-of-business requirements. Usually this includes providing proof of an actual physical address, a permanent car dealers business sign that can be read from the road, vehicle display space and a legitimate dealers business office equipped with a phone, desk, electricity, and a file for storing car dealer records.
Most state DMV websites generally provide online links and information for car dealer manuals, applications, and instructions for those who want to start a career in auto sales.
|Alabama||Department of Revenue|
|Alaska||Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Arizona||Motor Vehicle Division's (MVD) Dealer Licensing Unit|
|Arkansas||Regulatory Services Section|
|California||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Colorado||Motor Vehicle Dealer Board|
|Connecticut||Dealers and Repairers Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Delaware||Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Florida||Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Georgia||Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs|
|Idaho||Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)|
|Illinois||Customer Services/Dealer Licensing Section of the Vehicle Services Division (VSD)|
|Indiana||Bureau of Motor Vehicles Dealer Division|
|Iowa||Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)|
|Kansas||Dealer Licensing Bureau of the Department of Revenue|
|Kentucky||Motor Vehicle Commission|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission (LMVC)|
|Maine||Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)|
|Maryland||Business Licensing and Consumer Services (BL & CS)|
|Massachusetts||Governed by individual cities & towns|
|Michigan||Bureau of Regulatory Services|
|Minnesota||Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS)|
|Mississippi||Motor Vehicle Commission|
|Missouri||Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Bureau|
|Montana||Motor Vehicle Division's Title and Registration Bureau|
|Nebraska||Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board|
|Nevada||Occupational and Business Licensing of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|New Hampshire||Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|New Jersey||Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)|
|New Mexico||Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)|
|New York||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|North Carolina||License and Theft Bureau|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT)|
|Ohio||Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission (OMVC)|
|Oregon||Department of Motor Vehicle's Business License Unit|
|Pennsylvania||State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Dealers License & Regulations Office|
|South Carolina||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|South Dakota||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Tennessee||Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)|
|Texas||Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)|
|Utah||Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (MVED)|
|Vermont||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
|Virginia||Motor Vehicle Dealer Board|
|Washington||Department of Licensing (DOL)|
|West Virginia||Office of Dealer Services|
|Wisconsin||Department of Transportation (DOT)|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT)|
|Washington DC||Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)|
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