WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your vehicle dealer license, auto dealer license.#Auto #dealer #license

WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your vehicle dealer license, auto dealer license.#Auto #dealer #license

How to get your license: Vehicle dealer

The applicant/licensee must comply with all applicable laws and rules, even if not covered below.

Who needs a license?

Any business or auctioneer who buys or sells at wholesale or retail:

If you don’t have a dealer license, it’s illegal to:

  • Sell more than 4 vehicles registered to you in any 12 months
  • Buy and sell vehicles for the purpose of making a profit
  • Sell any number of vehicles that aren’t registered to you

Business site requirements

Your business site must:

  • Comply with all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land-use ordinances. For more information, please contact your city or county directly.
  • Be located at a commercial property with an enclosed building.
  • Have an exterior sign that is permanently affixed to the land or building with the business name and the type of business (such as auto sales).
  • Have an operating telecommunications system and a phone number listed in directory assistance. A mobile number is acceptable as long as it is listed in directory assistance.
  • Be open from 10 a.m. 4 p.m., five days per week. These hours are referred to as normal business hours. Additional hours and days of operation may be added at your discretion. You must prominently post the hours of operation at the main entrance doors.
  • Have an area to maintain books, records, and files at the business site. If 2 or more vehicle dealer businesses share a location, all records, office facilities, and inventory must be physically separated and clearly identified.


All retail vehicle dealers are required to use the E-permits system. Find out more about E-Permits.

How to apply

Note: We issue this license, but it’s processed by the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS). BLS prints it on the business license they provide. They refer to licenses issued by us as endorsements to the business license.

What you’ll need

  • Supporting documents shown below, ready for upload.
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit/debit card (transaction fee charged) or bank account information for E-check to pay:
    • Applicable BLS fees
    • Vehicle dealer sub-agency license and plate fees

Want to apply by mail?

  1. Complete or get the following:
    • Business License Application
    • Vehicle Dealer/Manufacturer Addendum
    • Supporting documents shown below
  2. Mail the completed forms and supporting documents with a check/money order payable to the Department of Revenue for the BLS fees and vehicle dealer license and plate fees to:

Business Licensing Service

Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Supporting documents for your application

Use our Dealer Checklist to make sure you’re prepared to submit your application.

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