Motor Vehicle Dealer License: Dealer Plates & Business Questions
Q: What are dealer plates?
A: Dealer plates are special license plates that allow your cars to be legally driven away from your lot. If you are going to let your customers test drive your vehicles, you will want to order dealer plates.
A dealer may use their dealer plates on any vehicle that they have full ownership or control over. Only dealers, members of the dealer’s firm, and salespeople may control the use of dealer plates.
Q: How do I order more dealer plates?
A: Generally, a written request is required to receive more dealer plates. You will also have to pay for additional plates, which will vary depending on what state you are in.
Q: How long does it take to get new dealer plates?
A: It can take up to 90 days to get additional dealer plates for your dealership. Your local DMV will issue you a temporary dealer plate for every actual dealer plate you order. This will allow time for your actual dealer plates to be ordered and shipped to you in the mail, while still allowing your vehicles to be driven off your lot.
Q: I’m moving my business location. What do I need to do?
A: You’ll need to contact your local DMV. They will most likely have a Dealer Business Certification Correction Application that you will need to complete. A fee may also be charged.
Q: I want to open another location. What do I need to do?
A: Contact your local DMV. They will most likely require you to complete a Supplemental Application for Dealers. A fee may also be charged.
Q: I want to add another owner to my dealership. What do I need to do to stay in compliance with the law?
A: Contact your local DMV. They will most likely have a Dealer Business Certification Correction Application that you will need to complete. A fee may also be charged.
Ignatowski, C. (n.d.). Motor vehicle dealer license frequently asked questions. Retrieved February 14, 2021, from https://blog.suretysolutions.com/suretynews/motor-vehicle-dealer-license-frequently-asked-questions