Last Updated 6th of June, 2010
Where can I obtain a car dealer handbook or manual?
Finding a Vehicle Dealers Handbook in Your StateEvery state offers dealer license information. Some states provide lengthy car dealer handbooks, while others furnish concise dealer brochures and fact sheets. All but a few provide free downloadable information, including applications for prospective dealers of new cars, used cars, or both. Consult the accompanying grid for handbook information in your state.
The dealers license process is complicated. A handbook or manual or brochure will help guide you through the process and better your chances of submitting a correct application. Many applications, according to DMV agents, are rejected due to missing or incorrect information, thus delaying opening for business.
Among the topics you'll find in an auto dealers handbook include:
- Surety bond requirements.
- Employee insurance requirements.
- Place of business specifics including a working phone and proper filing for storing auto sales records.
- Car dealers business sign.
- Tax information.
- Car sales display area.
|Alabama||Obtain handbook from Department of Revenue's Montgomery office. You can do this in person or request by mail or phone.|
|Alaska||Request an information packet by mail from the DMV's Dealer/Fleet Unit in Anchorage.|
|Arizona||MVD provides online dealer information pamphlet.|
|Arkansas||Download Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission Rules pamphlet.|
|California||Download from the DMV's website or obtain from any DMV office.|
|Colorado||Download Motor Vehicle Industry License Law Manual from Department of Revenue website.|
|Connecticut||Request by calling (860) 263-5056; obtain from DMV's State Street office in Wethersfield; download from DMV's website.|
|Delaware||Download or request by calling (302) 744-2503 for obtaining Dealer Procedures Manual|
|Florida||Download from the DMV's website or order a disc version through the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association.|
|Georgia||Download dealership brochures, based on topic, from Dept. of Revenue's website.|
|Hawaii||Download dealership application with requirements from Motor Vehicle Licensing Board's website.|
|Idaho||Download dealership fact sheet from Idaho Transportation Department's website.|
|Illinois||Download Regulations for Vehicle Dealers pamphlet from SOS's website.|
|Indiana||Download dealership information packet from the BMV's website.|
|Iowa||Dealership information available on DOT's website.|
|Kansas||MVD offers downloadable Basic Requirements to Become a Dealer pamphlet.|
|Kentucky||Download handbook from MVC website or request a copy by phone.|
|Louisiana||Download requirement checklist from MVC website or request information packet by faxing (504) 838-5416.|
|Maine||Access dealer information from the BMV's website.|
|Maryland||Online access to Vehicle Dealer License Application Packet.|
|Massachusetts||Regulations by municipalities. Check with your town clerk.|
|Michigan||Download from the SOS's website.|
|Minnesota||Download from the DPS's website.|
|Mississippi||Access dealer information at the MVC's website.|
|Missouri||Access dealer information page at the DOR's website.|
|Montana||Call Title and Registration Bureau for information packet at (406) 846-6000.|
|Nebraska||Access instruction sheet from the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board's website.|
|Nevada||Grab a Reference and Title Guide from any DMV business licensing office or download from DMV's website.|
|New Hampshire||Obtain a copy for $10 from the DMV.|
|New Jersey||Access dealer information on MVC's website.|
|New Mexico||Call the Dealer Division at (505) 841-6482.|
|New York||Download manual from DMV's website.|
|North Carolina||Download manual from DOT's website.|
|North Dakota||Download manual from DOT's website or request a copy by calling (701) 328-2725.|
|Ohio||Access dealer information from the website for Ohio Auto Dealers.|
|Oklahoma||Access dealer information from MVC's website.|
|Oregon||Access handbook from DMV's website.|
|Pennsylvania||Request a hardcopy by calling (717) 783-1697; download from website for the State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons.|
|Rhode Island||Access dealer information from DMV's website.|
|South Carolina||Download handbook from DMV's website.|
|South Dakota||Download handbook from MVD's website.|
|Tennessee||Handbook not available online. Contact the MVC for information on how to buy a copy.|
|Texas||Download handbook from DOT's website or request a copy by calling (512) 416-4800.|
|Utah||Download handbook from DMV's website or grab a hardcopy from the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division headquarters in Salt Lake.|
|Vermont||Request a copy by calling (802) 828-4614 or by faxing (802) 828-2092.|
|Virginia||Download codes and regulations from Motor Vehicle Dealer Board|
|Washington||Download from DOL website or obtain in person.|
|West Virginia||Download codes and regulation from Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.|
|Wisconsin||View regulations and requirements on the DOT's website.|
|Wyoming||WYDOT lists dealer rules and regulations on website.|
|Washington DC||DMV lists dealer info on website under Dealer Services section.|
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