How many vehicles can I sell a year before I have to get an auto dealers license?

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Dealers License Requirements for Auto Sales by State

The definition of a car dealer is different in every state. In some states, such as Indiana, you can sell up to 12 cars per calendar year before you qualify as a dealer, while in other states, such as Oregon, car dealers are anyone selling cars - including used cars and new cars - for profit, regardless of the number sold. More specifically, any person selling a vehicle that is not his own, or a vehicle that was purchased for the express purpose resale, is considered a dealer in these states.

Once you qualify as an auto dealer, you are required to carry a state-issued dealer license. For this reason, it is important to know the number of car sales permitted, before you qualify for an auto dealers license. Consult the grid below for the number constituting dealers in your state.

1+ 3+ 4+ 5+ 6+ 12+
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
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
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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