Is a background check required to get a car dealers license?

In order to work as a car dealer, you must obtain a car dealers license in most states. Some states, such as California, include background checks as part of the application process.

Criminal Background Check

In most cases, a criminal check is included in the background check. While having a criminal record won’t necessarily disqualify you for licensure, convictions for theft, extortion, and particularly violent crimes aren’t usually tolerated.
 
Dealer License Requirements by State
 
The requirements for auto dealers are different in every state. In most cases, you can find detailed information regarding dealer licensure online. Just check your state’s DMV website (many have sections dedicated to information for would-be dealers) or contact your local DMV branch to ask how you can learn about application and fee requirements for a dealers license in your state.

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