Where do I apply for an auto dealers license?

Applying for Your Auto Dealers License

Every 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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