Do I have to take a test to get an auto dealers license?

Car Dealers and Dealers License Test Requirements by State

Two states - Idaho and Virginia - require all auto dealer applicants to pass a dealer-operator license exam. These tests, which are for selling both new cars and used cars, are based on dealer rules and regulations for your state.

License test questions may include:

  • If you intend to change your auto dealers location, you must notify the licensing board within how many days? 
  • What must car dealers do to issue a third set of temporary plates?
  • When can original car sales records be stored off-site?
  • What is the process for replacing a lost car dealer license plate?
  • How long must odometer disclosure statements, resulting from auto sales, be kept on file for?

Other Dealer License Requirements

In addition to passing a dealer test you will also need to meet all other dealer license requirements. Generally this means submitting proper documents and providing proof of a place for conducting business.

For exact auto dealer license requirements check with your state's governing dealers licensing board.

Test Required No Test required
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
State requires applicants to attend a 12-hour licensing course.
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
All applicants must attend an eight-hour dealership orientation.
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
$25 test fee
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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