Dealer Lic. Reqs

Auto Dealer Licensing Requirements

In Florida, motor vehicle dealers are licensed and regulated by the Division of Motor Vehicles under Section 320.27 Florida Statutes.

The Law

Florida law states that any person, firm partnership, or corporation that buys, sells, offers for sale, displays for sale or deals in three or more motor vehicles in any 12-month period is presumed to be a motor vehicle dealer and must have an appropriate license issued by the State.


Before going into the business of selling motor vehicles, a person must submit a completed application, with required documentation and fees. License applications may be obtained from any Division of Motor Vehicles' regional office.

General DMV Requirements

Approval of business location by a DMV representative.

Completed application form.

Fee of $300 for each main location.

$25,000 surety bond or letter of credit.

Garage liability insurance.

Copy of lease for location or proof of ownership.

Dealer training seminar certificate.

Registration of fictitious trade name.

Copy of corporate papers.

Sales tax number.

Federal employer identification number.

Fingerprints and applicable fees. ($39 per person).

Note: Franchise dealers must meet certain additional requirements.

Failure To Obtain A License:

Any person violating these licensing requirements is guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or fine of $500.

Such person will also be liable under civil law for violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, subject to fines of up to $5000 per violation, and may face a permanent injunction issued by a circuit court.