Georgia Dealers Licenses are regulated by the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers in Macon, Georgia.
Before you can open a Georgia used car dealership, you must obtain a Georgia Dealers License. The first step in obtaining a Georgia Dealers License is to request a Georgia Used Motor Vehicle License application from the Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Division. You may call 478-207-1460 to request an application. Be sure to answer every question on you dealer license application or the State of Georgia may return you dealer license application. You must have your license application signed and notarized by a registered notary. Be sure not to sign the dealer license application until you are in the presence of a registered notary
You must pass a fingerprinting criminal background check before you are granted a Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License. The State of Georgia wants to ensure they are not granting a dealer license to anyone with a known criminal background, such as stealing a car or embezzling money from an employer. You can begin your Georgia background check by visiting www.ga.cogentid.com to find an approved fingerprinting service. You may also call them at 1-888-439-2512. You will be asked an ORI number. Your ORI number will be GA922400Z. Your Verification Code will be 922400Z. Be sure to include any paperwork you are provided in the packet you send to the Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle dealers.
The State of Georgia requires you obtain a Georgia dealer surety bond in the amount of $35,000 before you can obtain a Georgia Dealer license. You may obtain a dealer surety bond from most insurance agents or a bonding company. Your dealer surety bond will be dependent on your credit score. If you have good credit, a $35,000 dealer surety bond will cost about $250.00 per year and will have to be renewed every year. If you have a couple of blemishes on your credit score, the surety bond you obtain before being granted a Georgia Dealer License could cost substantially more the $250.00 per year. Be sure to include your original dealer surety bond in your dealer application packet so the State of Georgia will grant your dealers license much quicker.
The State of Georgia requires you obtain dealer insurance before you are granted a Georgia dealers license. You will need to obtain what is known a Georgia Dealer Garage Insurance policy. Garage keepers or automobile liability insurance is not acceptable. You must specifically obtain an insurance policy that contains the words “dealer garage insurance. You must have amount limits of 50 thousand/100 thousand/25 thousand or a single limit of $125,000. The location on the certificate of insurance must have the exact address of your Georgia dealership location. The “Certificate Holder” must be the State Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA, 31217. Be sure to include your original certificate of insurance in your Georgia dealer license application packet. Obtain your Georgia dealer insurance by clicking here.
The State of Georgia requires you to submit a photograph of your business location before you are granted a used motor vehicle dealer license. You must show the building, lot, and sign. You may have to submit more than one photograph to ensure that your photograph requirements are met. If your business is located in a building that houses multiple offices the State of Georgia requires your photograph to show your business name on the marquee of the office complex and a photograph of your suite door with your Georgia dealer license name of the door.
The State of Georgia requires you to have a working telephone in the building that houses your Georgia dealership. According to Georgia statute the working telephone you have must not be a cellular phone or a cordless phone that reaches from another building, which means you must have a land line. The State of Georgia wants to ensure your customers can contact you if they have questions about a vehicle they have purchased from your or if they have questions about a vehicle they are interested in purchasing from you. In order to maintain a Georgia Dealer License you must be accessible to your customers.
You must apply for a Georgia Sales Tax License before obtaining your dealers license. You may apply for a Georgia Sales Tax license by clicking here: https://etax.dor.ga.gov/ctr/tsd_state_tax_registration_application_crf002.pdf or you may call the Georgia Department of Revenue at 404-417-4490. Be sure to include your Georgia Sales tax license application number or your sales tax number in your dealer license application packet.
You must verify your identity before you obtain your Georgia dealer license. If you are a United States resident 18 years of age or older you must submit a copy of your drivers license, passport, military id, or tribal identification card, nexus card, merchant marine document, or an Employment Authorization Document. If you are not a US citizen but are a legal resident of the United States you must submit a copy of your current immigration documents with either your Alien number or your I-94 number and SEVIS number. You can download the Georgia Secure and Verifiable Document by clicking here.
You must submit a notarized zoning certification that informs the State of Georgia your Georgia dealership is meeting all local zoning requirements. You may operate your Georgia Dealership from your home if you have met all of your local zoning requirements. Most of Georgia’s urban areas strictly prohibit operating a Georgia dealer lot from your home but most rural areas and some small cities allow this. Be sure to contact your city or county Planning and Zoning office to find out if you can operate a Georgia dealer lot at your location of interererst before you being the linsensure process. You must have your local Zoning Commissioner sign and notarize a zoning certification, which you must include in your Georgia dealer license application packet.
You must attend a mandatory 4 hour pre-dealer license dealer educational seminar before the State of Georgia will grant your dealer license. You may find a list of Georgia Dealer License Educational providers below.
Rick Abernathy Seminars
Wayne Reaves Auto School
Ron Widener Dealer School
Be sure to include your certificate of completion provided by your dealer educational provider in your Georgia Dealer License application packet.
Be sure to enclose a check or money order for your dealer license fees of
the State of Georgia may reject your dealer license application.
The current fees are as follows:
Non refundable Georgia dealer application fee: $170.00
Supplemental dealer license application fee for additional locations: $170.00
Dealer license renewal fee due by March 31 of even years: $150.00
Late dealer license renewal fee submitted April 1 and May 31: $250.00
Reinstatement of Georgia dealer license fee after May 31: $420.00
Name and address change $25.00
Duplicate License fee $25.00
License verification letter $25.00
Be sure to call 478-207-2440 to verify the current dealer license fees. Incorrect fees could delay the granting of your dealers license by several weeks. Be sure to enclose payment for the correct dealer license fee.
When mailing your Georgia Dealer License application packet be sure to
include your signed, notarized, and fully complete, Georgia Dealer License
application, your original certificate of dealer garage insurance, your
$35,000 Georgia dealer surety bond, copy of Georgia sales tax number
application or sales tax number, proof of fingerprint background check,
identity verification, photograph of your business, lot, & sign showing
entire business & sign, certification by the local zoning authority, a check
or money order for the entire licensure fee.
Then mail your Georgia Dealer License application packet to:
State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers
Used Motor Vehicle Division
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
If you have any questions concerning the application process for a Georgia dealers license, please contact the Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Division at 478-207-1460.