You are legally allowed to sell up to 5 vehicles a year in New York if those vehicles are titled in your name and used primarily for personal, family, or household use.
If you wish to flip cars for a profit in New York, then the NY Department of Motor Vehicles requires you to get a New York Dealer License.
How to get a NY Used Dealer License
To get a New York Dealer License, you'll need to complete an NY Dealer License Application, get a Sales Tax ID Number, purchase insurance, secure a surety bond, and provide other necessary documents and fees.
Step #1: Complete Original Facility Application
Step #2: Complete Other Requirements
- Get a Sales Tax ID Number and Certificate of Authority from the NY Department of Tax and Finance.
- Obtain Worker's Compensation Insurance, unless you plan to have no employees, in which case you can mention this in your application and forego getting the insurance
- If you are an individual or partnership, you will need to get a Business Certificate from the County Clerk.
If you are a CORP or LLC, obtain Filing Receipt from NYS Department of State
- Provide proof that you have permission to use your dealership property (notarized statement from property owner, lease (may be contingent on facility approval), sub-lease with primary lease, mortgage, deed or receipted tax bill)
Step #3: Purchase a NY Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond
The bond amounts are as follows:
- $20,000 bond if selling less than 50 used vehicles/year
- $100,000 bond if selling more than 50 used vehicles/year
You will pay somewhere between 1-15% of the total bond amount, based on your personal credit. This would be per term. You will not pay this fee monthly.
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Step #4: Pay fees
- $37.50 non-refundable NY Dealer License application fee
- $450 NY Dealer License registration fee.
Step #5: Submit
Mail or bring your NY Dealer License forms, documentation, and NY Motor Vehicle Bond to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
Bureau of Consumer and Facility Services
Attention: Application Unit
P.O. Box 2700
Albany, NY 12220-0700
Step #6: Wait
Wait for the Commission of Motor Vehicles’ to process your NY Used Dealer License application. This could take up to 4 weeks.
Be prepared for a automotive facilities inspector (AFI) to interview you and inspect your dealership premises during this waiting period. Not sure what to expect at your dealership inspection? Read this.
- If you are not accepted, you will be refunded for the $450 Registration Fee.
- If you are accepted, you will be issued a New York Used Car Dealer License.