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Pennsylvania Auto Dealer License: Step-by-Step Guide

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Auto dealership licenses in the state of Pennsylvania are issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The PDF guidebook Requirements On Becoming a Dealer and the required forms can be downloaded from the PennDOT website. The MV-349 form must be submitted, along with the additional documentation outlined in the dealer guide.

Determine Which Type of License You Need:

  • New Vehicle
  • Used Vehicle
  • Motorcycle
  • New Trailer Dealer
  • Mobile Home Dealer (Dealer Identification Number only)

Obtain a Permanent Business Location

  • Your business location must be separate from adjoining businesses or residences. The location may be owned or leased.
  • Your location must meet local zoning and land use ordinances
  • Your location must meet ADA accessibility requirements as outlined in the Requirements On Becoming a Dealer guide

The following photographs of your business location must be included in your application:

  • The entrance
  • Exterior signs
  • The phone and desk area
  • A secure area for storage of temporary cards and plates
  • A clearly visible display for the public of the complete list of fees and charges relating to issuing temporary cards and plates

Complete a Criminal Record Check

An original criminal history record (SP4-164) must be obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police for each owner, partner or corporate officer and submitted with the application. Documents must be original and not a copy.

Obtain Your Auto Dealer Bond

All auto dealers in the state of Pennsylvania are required to be bonded. Mobile home dealers do not require a bond. A completed Manufacturer/Dealer/Full Agent/Card Agent/Messenger Service/Salvor Bond< MV-375 form must be submitted with your application.

Bond amount: $30,000 bond for each authorized approved agent.

Compile the Required Documents

The following documents must accompany your application:

  • A copy of the deed or lease for your business location
  • Proof of liability insurance in the form of an insurance identification card, the declaration page (original or copy) of an insurance policy, a copy of an insurance binder signed by an insurance agent or broker, or a copy of an application to the Pennsylvania Automobile Insurance Plan (PAIP)
  • A check for $60 made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for payment of the Motor Vehicle Transaction Recovery Fund
  • List of all owners, partners or corporate officers and their titles
  • The completed Manufacturer/Dealer/Full Agent/Card Agent/Messenger Service/Salvor Bond form (Form MV-375)
  • Section K of the application must be notarized

Submit Your Dealer License Application

Two copies of your application must be submitted. The application form must be typed.

Fee: $52 per dealer plate and $26 per motorcycle dealer plate

Note: Dealer plates may be personalized for an additional $100 per plate by filling out and attaching Form MV-904D

Mail your completed application to:

PennDOT

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 68283

Harrisburg, PA 17106-8283

800-932-4600 (in state) or 717-412-5300 (out of state)


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