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North Dakota Auto Dealer License: Step-by-Step Guide

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Auto dealer licenses are issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.


Determine Which Type of License You Need:

The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out which type of auto dealer license you’ll be applying for. In North Dakota, the dealer types are:

  • New or Used Motor Vehicle Dealer
  • Motor-Powered Recreational (MPR) Vehicle Dealer
  • Trailer Dealer
  • Mobile Home and Manufactured Home Dealer
  • Low-Speed Vehicles Dealer: A motor vehicle dealer’s license is not required; upon application, you acquire a dealer registration number.

For more information, review the Dealer Laws and Requirements.


1

Obtain a Permanent Business Location

Your business location must meet these requirements:

  • The lot must cover at least 2,500 square feet. Secondary lots must be within 5 miles of the established business location.
  • Your office must be properly heated, lighted and have the standard office equipment.
  • All business records must be retained at your business location
  • You must have a publicly listed telephone
  • Your business sign must be at least 32 square feet and contain the name of the dealership in letters at least 10 inches high, clearly visible from the street
  • MPR vehicle dealers must have a service or repair area
  • Mobile home and manufactured home dealers must establish a place of business with an adequate service department
  • Your premises must be inspected before your license will be issued

2

Obtain Your Auto Dealer Bond

Bond Amount Required:

  • New or Used Motor Vehicle Dealer: $25,000
  • Motor-Powered Recreational (MPR) Vehicle Dealer: $10,000
  • Trailer Dealer: $10,000
  • Mobile Home and Manufactured Home Dealer: $50,000
  • Low-Speed Vehicles Dealer: no bond required


3

Obtain Proof of Liability Insurance

You will need to provide proof of garage liability insurance for your dealership.


4

Submit Your Dealer License Application

Complete the North Dakota Application for Dealer’s License and gather the supporting documentation, including your insurance certificate and bond.

Note: To access all dealer forms, visit the the North Dakota Department of Transportation website.

Application Fees (for New and Used Vehicle Dealers):

  • $100 license fee
  • $100 initial inspection fee
  • $20 for each additional dealer plate (your license includes one plate)

Mail your completed application to:

Motor Vehicle Division
Department of Transportation
608 E. Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505


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