What are the fees for a car dealers license?

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Car Dealer License Fees by State

Holding a valid auto dealers license requires filing proper documents and paying required fees. Dealer license fees vary by state (see dealer fee grid below) and sometimes by dealership car sales type (used cars versus new cars). Required fee amounts can generally be found on the dealers license application.

Depending on your state you may have to renew your car dealers license on an annual basis. Most governing bodies that oversee car dealership licensing do send out dealer license renewal forms well in advance, giving you plenty of time to comply with your state's licensing requirements.  

Most information regarding auto sales dealer license requirements can be found online. Given the complexity of the car dealer license application process, these sites usually provide a wealth of information including downloadable forms and instruction manuals for potential dealers.

Alabama $10 license fee plus a municipal privilege license ranging from $45-$210; $5 per extra location.
Alaska $50 registration fee.
Arizona $15 filing fee; $100 license fee.
Arkansas $250 license fee.
California $150 license application fee.
Colorado $415 license fee.
Connecticut $140 application fee; $700 new dealer license fee; $560 used dealer license fee; $280 examination fee for all new locations.
Delaware $100 license fee.
Florida $300 application fee.
Georgia $170 application fee.
Hawaii $50 application fee; $375 new car license fee for Honolulu; $187.50 new car license fee for Islands; $150 used car license Honolulu; $75 used car license for Islands.
Idaho $190 license fee.
Illinois $1,000 license fee.
Indiana $10 transfer dealer license fee; $20 wholesale dealer license fee.
Iowa $70 two-year license; $140 four-year license; $210 six-year license.
Kansas $75 license fee.
Kentucky $100 license fee.
Louisiana $10 new car license fee; $200 used car license fee.
Maine $150 filing fee; $150 license fee.
Maryland $500 license fee.
Massachusetts Licenses issued by local town clerks, usually in $100 to $150 range.
Michigan $75 license fee.
Minnesota $157 license fee, or $107 if apply after July 1.
Mississippi $100 license fee.
Missouri $150 license fee.
Montana $30 license fee.
Nebraska $225 license fee.
Nevada $125 license fee.
New Hampshire $125 license fee.
New Jersey $100 license fee; $257.50 registration fee.
New Mexico $50 license fee.
New York $37.50 application fee; $450 registration fee.
North Carolina $70 license fee.
North Dakota $100 license fee.
Ohio $50 license fee.
Oklahoma $300 license fee.
Oregon $1,012 license fee.
Pennsylvania $65 license fee.
Rhode Island $101.50 license fee.
South Carolina $50 license fee.
South Dakota $250 license fee.
Tennessee $200 license fee.
Texas $175 license fee; $500 General Distinguishing Number (GDN) fee.
Utah $127 license fee.
Vermont $375 license fee.
Virginia Approximately $600 in initial licensing fees.
Washington $750 license fee.
West Virginia $250 license fee.
Wisconsin $40 license fee.
Wyoming $100 license fee.
Washington DC $411 license fee; $70 application fee; $25 endorsement fee.

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