New Jersey Auto Dealer License Guide

If you intend to sell either new or used motor vehicles in New Jersey, you must first obtain an auto dealer license from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

The licensing process requires a series of steps, including obtaining a surety bond, acquiring liability insurance, and establishing a business location. This guide will outline the specific requirements for obtaining a New Jersey auto dealer license.

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Determine Which Type of License You Need


Obtain a Permanent Business Location

You must have an established place of business with:

  • A showroom capable of showcasing a minimum of two vehicles (a leasing license is not required to maintain a display space)
  • An office with a desk, chair, landline telephone and a working safe to store motor vehicle documents
  • An exterior sign permanently affixed to the land or building consistent with local ordinances

Submit Your Initial Business Application

In order to comply with New Jersey tax laws, you must register your business at least 15 days prior to opening. Fill out and submit your Application for Business Registration, NJ-REG.

You’ll also need to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) registration certificate. You can apply for a federal employer identification number as you fill out the online NJ-REG, or you can apply directly to the IRS online. More information can be found here.


Submit a Criminal Record Check and Fingerprints

All persons identified in the initial business application (proprietors, partners, corporate officers, applicants, providers, instructors and driving school authorized agents) must undergo a live scan criminal background check, as detailed in the Fingerprint Request Notification Form.

As soon as your initial business application is received, you’ll receive instructions via email or regular mail on how to submit fingerprints. Once you have acquired fingerprints, submit your fingerprint application and receipt to the MVC to continue with the license application process.


Compile the Required Documents

Along with your application, you’ll also need to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of alternate/fictitious name filing certificate
  • Photographs of the premises and signage
  • Copy of driver’s license for owners/officers/members/partners
  • Passport-size color photographs of owners/officers/members/partners
  • Copy of certificate of authority from Department of Treasury for out-of-state corporations and LLCs
  • Copy of New Jersey Sales Tax Certificate of Authority
  • Proof of issuance of federal taxpayer identification number from IRS
  • Copy of deed, lease or purchase agreement for the premises to be licensed
  • Copy of telephone bill for landline at premises to be licensed
  • A business selling new vehicles must submit the original manufacturer’s certificate with the application

Submit Your Dealer License Application

Fill out the appropriate application form and gather all supporting documentation and fees.


  • License fee: $100
  • Registration fee: $257.50 (includes a set of five dealer license plates)



Submit your application to:


Motor Vehicle Commission
Business Licensing Services Bureau
Dealer Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 171
225 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08666-0171

The applicant and the place of business will be fully investigated after receipt of the completed application.

Note: Do not provide proof of liability insurance and a surety bond until you receive the preliminary notice of license approval. However, you can get pre-approved for your auto dealer bond now.

The cost of a New Jersey 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).

Auto Dealer Insurance

There are several types of insurance coverages that are recommended for auto dealers, but the recommended coverage will vary based on your business and personal needs.

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