In the "Peach State" any person, corporation, or partnership who sells used motor vehicles for retail or wholesale purposes must have a Georgia Dealer License (AKA: Gerogia Used Car Dealer License.)
The general rule of thumb is that if you deal 3 or more used vehicles in a 12-month period, you must have a Georgia Used Car Dealer License.
Georgia Used Car Dealer License Period
Georgia Used Car Dealer Licenses are valid for two years, expiring on March 31 of even-numbered years.
Depending on when your GA Dealer License was issued, your initial licensing period might be for less than two years. The required Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond covers the same period.
How to get a Georgia Used Car Dealer License
Step #1: Complete Georgia Used Car Dealer License Application
View the license packet.
Step #2: Get a Sales Tax ID Number
You can get one from the Department of Revenue.
Their phone number is 404-417-4490.
Attach either your sales tax number or a copy of sales tax application.
Step #3: Attend a pre-licensing seminar
Step #4: Provide an original certificate of insurance
Your certificate must include the policy number and the amount of limits or single limits.
Step #5: Complete location requirements
- Meeting all location requirements (this is on Page 9 of the application package.)
- Provide photos of your business sign, building, and sales room or sales office.
- Establish a permanent land-line telephone
An inspection of your business location will be conducted before you can be issued a Georgia used dealer license.
Step #6: Secure a $35,000 Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond
Not sure how to get an Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond? Use this interactive tool to help you out.
You won't have to pay $35,000 to secure your bond. You'll only pay a small percentage of this amount.
You can see how much you'd pay by getting a free quote below:
Once you purchase your bond, it will be mailed to you by the surety bond company. Include the original bond with your license application.
Step #7: Submit a fingerprint- based criminal background check
You can do this through the Georgia Applicant Processing Services (GAPS)
There is a $52.75 processing fee.
Worried about a felony? Check out this post on "Getting a Dealer License With a Felony"
Step #8: Pay fees
The application fee is $170.
Make checks payable to the "Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Board."
Step #9: MailMail your completed Georgia Auto Dealer License application, with supporting certificates, photos, cards, and fees, to the following:
Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers
Used Motor Vehicle Dealers Division
237 Coliseum Dr.
Macon, GA 31217
Step #10: Wait
If approved, your Georgia Car Dealer License should be mailed to you within 3 weeks.
If you are not approved, you should receive a deficiency letter within 3 weeks.
For questions or concerns with the licensing process, call the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division at 478-207-2440.
License Expiration and Renewal
All licenses for used motor vehicle dealers renew every other year. Licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022, etc).
While licenses are valid for two years, an initial license might be valid for a shorter time period, depending on when the license was issued.
The renewal fee is $150 if you renew on time. Late license renewal fees (received between April 1 and May 31 of the renewal year) are $250. If you fail to renew your license by May 31, you will need to pay a $420 reinstatement fee.
Renewal and reinstatement fees are non-refundable.