How to Get a Georgia Auto Dealer License

A Georgia auto dealer license is required for anyone that sells (or attempts to sell) any amount of cars with the intent to make a profit. The only exception is selling a personal vehicle registered under your name.

Below is everything you need to know about the application process to get licensed as a used car dealer in Georgia.

Determine Which Type of Georgia Car Dealer License You Need

There are two main types of car dealer licenses in Georgia. It is essential to know which one you need as their application processes differ.

  • Used Auto Dealer License: Also known as an Independent Dealer License, this allows you to sell only used cars. Applications go through the Georgia Secretary of State and the license is issued through the Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers.
  • New Auto Dealer License: Also known as a Franchise Dealer License, this allows you to sell both new and used cars. New car dealers can sell used cars without a Georgia dealer license. However, they still need to obtain:
    1. Dealer agreements with manufacturing companies as franchisees.
    2. A local business license and a dealer registration number from the Motor Vehicle Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue.
  • Brokers License: There is no separate Brokers License in Georgia. The difference between a broker and an independent dealer is zoning—a retail dealer’s location needs to be zoned to hold inventory, while a broker’s location does not.

Attend a Pre-Licensing Seminar

Before starting your used car dealer application, you need to complete a mandatory pre-license seminar covering laws and information pertaining to your licensure. This 4-hour course is available through E-Learning Concepts LLC, Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (GIADA), or any other board-approved Georgia car education provider.

You will need to include your certificate of completion when you submit your application packet.

Obtain a Permanent Business Location

Georgia law dictates that all licensed used car dealers must have an established place of business. Your business location must meet the following requirements:

  • Your location can be a sales room, an office in a building, or an open lot.
  • The location must meet all local zoning requirements. Verify current zoning regulations for the site with your city or county planning and zoning office.
  • Take photos of your place of business that feature the sign and building prominently in the picture. These will be attached to your license application.
  • Set up a landline telephone with a listed phone number at your place of business. Your business should have appropriate signage showing that you are a used car dealership.

Note: Do not submit your application until your proposed facility meets all requirements and is ready for inspection.

Apply for a Sales Tax Number

You can apply for a sales tax number online through the Georgia Department of Revenue. To apply, you will need:

  1. Legal name, location, and mailing address of your business
  2. Name, address, and Social Security number of owners, partners, or officers
  3. Email address
  4. Federal Identification Number (if applicable)

Get Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage

You will need to submit an original certificate of insurance on an Acord Form that indicates:

  • Policy number
  • Amount of coverage (liability-only is not acceptable)
  • The exact name and address as shown on the application
  • “Certificate Holder” must be listed as: State Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA. 31217

Get Your Auto Dealer Bond

In order to get a Georgia car dealer license and operate legally, you’ll need to obtain an auto dealer bond. This bond must:

  • Expire on March 31st of even years.
  • Be in the exact name of the business.
  • Be an original and have power of attorney attached.
  • Be signed

Why Do I Need a Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond in Georgia?

A dealer surety bond ensures the public and the State of Georgia that you will fulfill your obligations as an auto dealer. It is a form of insurance that pays customers or the state if you default on your fees, taxes, or other contractual obligations.

How Much Does a Georgia Auto Dealer Bond Cost?

Bond Amount Required: $35,000

The cost of a Georgia auto dealer bond is a small percentage of the total bond amount. The bond cost varies depending on your financial strength, e.g. personal credit score. You can also take a look at our most frequently asked surety bond questions.

  • Fill out our online application form to obtain a free quote for your auto dealer bond. It takes 5 minutes and you will be able to lock your rate for the next 90 days (in case you want to purchase the bond).

Submit Your Georgia Auto Dealer License Application

Complete the Used Car Dealer Application online through the Georgia Secretary of State licensing board, Used Motor Vehicle Division. Make sure all the required documents and application fees are in order.

Application Fee:  $170 (check or money order)

Note that an additional $170 is charged for each additional lot.

Mail your completed application to:

Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers
Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers
237 Coliseum Dr.
Macon, GA 31217

A Georgia auto dealer license expires every two years on March 31st of even numbered years. Proof of a surety bond, continuing education, and a fee of $150 are required to renew.

Submit a Criminal Record Check and Fingerprints

As of 2021, you MUST have an application on file before getting fingerprinted.

Pre-register online at the Georgia Applicant Processing Services (GAPS) or by calling Cogent Systems at 1-888-439-2512.

  • When registering, the ORI number to use when prompted is GA922400Z. The Verification Code is 922400Z.
  • The Reason for Printing is Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License.

Results of the fingerprint-based background check will be available for board review after the fingerprint process is complete. Further assistance can be found on their website or by emailing [email protected]

This guide will take you through each step required for obtaining a used car dealer license in Georgia. Used car dealers need to obtain a dealer license from the Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers.

The process is different for new car dealers. New dealers must obtain dealer agreements with manufacturing companies as franchisees. Dealers require a local business license and a dealer registration number from the Motor Vehicle Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue. New car dealers can sell used cars without a Georgia dealer license.


Determine Which Type of License You Need:

  • Used Motor Vehicle Dealer

1

Obtain a Permanent Business Location

Your business location must meet the following requirements:

  • Your location can be a sales room, an office in a building or an open lot.
  • The location must meet all zoning requirements. Verify current zoning regulations for the location with your city or county planning and zoning office.
  • Take photos of your place of business that feature the sign and building prominently in the picture. These will be attached to your license application.
  • Set up a permanent landline phone with a listed number at your place of business. Your business should have appropriate signage showing that used car sales are taking place.
  • Do not submit your application until your proposed facility is ready for inspection.

2

Obtain a Sales Tax Number

You can apply online through the Georgia Department of Revenue. More information can be found here.


3

Submit a Criminal Record Check and Fingerprints

Register online at the Georgia Applicant Processing Services (GAPS) or by calling Cogent Systems at 1-888-439-2512.

  • When registering, the ORI number to use when prompted is GA922400Z. The Verification Code is 922400Z.
  • The Reason for Printing is Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License.

Results of the fingerprint-based background check will be available for board review after the fingerprint process is complete.


4

Attend a Pre-Licensing Seminar

All applicants for a used car license are required to attend a board-approved seminar prior to applying for an initial license.


5

Obtain Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage

An original certificate of insurance must show:

  • Policy number
  • Amount of coverage (liability-only is not acceptable)
  • The exact name and address as shown on the application
  • “Certificate Holder” must be listed as: State Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA. 31217

6

Obtain Your Auto Dealer Bond

The cost of a Georgia auto dealer bond is a small percentage of the total bond amount. The bond cost varies depending on your financial strength, e.g. personal credit. You can also take a look at our most frequently asked surety bond questions.

  • Fill out our online application form to obtain a free bond quote for your auto dealer license. It takes 5 minutes and you will be able to lock your rate for the next 90 days (in case you want to purchase the bond).

In order to get a license and operate legally, you’ll need to obtain an auto dealer bond.

  • Bond Amount Required: $35,000
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6

Submit Your Dealer License Application

Complete the Used Car Dealer Application online and make sure all required documents are in order.

Fee: $170 (check or money order)

Mail your completed application to:

Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers
Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers
237 Coliseum Dr.
Macon, GA 31217


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