Indiana Dealer License

Indiana Dealers Licenses are granted by the Indiana Dealer Services Division a department of the Indiana Secretary of State in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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To find out how to get an Indiana Dealer License, you can call the Indiana Dealer Services Division at 317-234-7190 or email them at dealers@sos.in.gov, or follow the Indiana Dealers License steps below.

Indiana Dealers License Requirements

Order or Download Indiana Dealer License Application

In order for you to apply for an Indiana Dealers License you will be required by the Indiana Dealer Services Division to obtain an Indiana Dealer License Application. You can call 317-591-5303 to have an Indiana Dealer License Application sent to you or you can download an Indiana Dealer License Application here. After you obtain your Indiana Dealer License you can enter every Indiana Dealer Auction or any Dealer Auction in the United States. Be sure to order the ADTA Dealer Ethics, Profit, and Compliance Manual to stay in full Federal compliance.

Indiana Dealers Place of Business

The IN Dealer Services Division requires you to have an established place of business before being granted an Indiana Dealer License. Your place of business must have an Indiana address or PO Box. A second business may not be operated out of the same business building unless it is closely related to the sale of motor vehicles such as a tire shop, repair shop, or towing company. If a second business is operated from the same building the income from the second business may not exceed fifty percent of the dealership's income. The IN Dealer Services Division does not allow two separate Indiana Dealers Licenses to be located in the same building. Each Indiana Dealer License must have it's own separate address. The place of business must have at least 1300 square feet and must be able to display 10 or more vehicles of the type that you will be selling. Your display lot must be well lit and surfaced with concrete , pavement, or rock. Your place of business can be located in a a strip mall, garage, or a residence if a separate entrance is maintained, a separate address is maintained, local zoning requirements are not violated, and the building is not attached to the residence. You may have an IN Dealers License at your home address if the display area is not attached to the main living area. You must have an office with at least 100 square feet that must contain office furniture, lighting, heat, and a business telephone.

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Business Photograph

You must include a business photograph of your business before you are issued an IN Dealers License. Your photograph must contain your  lot, sign, and building. The photograph must be at least three by five inches so it can fit in your dealer file in Indianapolis. Be sure to step back far enough so your photograph contains your lot, sign, and building. If the photograph lacks something, your Indiana Dealer License Application may be rejected.

Business Sign

The Indiana Dealer Services Division requires you to post a business sign on your building before you are granted a Indiana Dealer License. The sign must be permanent in nature and must contain the name of your dealership prominently, along with your official hours of operation and phone number.

Indiana Dealers Hours of Operation

When you obtain your Indiana Dealer License the Indiana Dealer Services Division will require you to staff your dealership a minimum of 30 hours a week. You must staff the dealership a total of 30 hours per week, or you may staff the dealership 20 hours per week if you are available at your posted phone number for 10 hours a week.

In Good Standing With State of Indiana

You must be in good standing with the Indiana State Police Department, the Indiana Department of Revenue, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In order to obtain an Indiana Dealer License you may not have a warrant for your arrest or owe the State of Indiana any taxes.

Local Zoning Board Approval

Your Indiana Dealer License Application must be signed by a member of your local zoning board. Just call your City or County Zoning board to set up an appointment to sign your application to make sure your dealership meets all zoning requirements. After your Indiana Dealer License Application is signed you will be able to obtain your Indiana Dealer License.

Apply for Federal Tax Identification Number

The State of Indiana requires you to apply for a Federal Tax ID Number before you obtain your Indiana Dealer License. Filing for your Federal Tax ID Number is free and can be done at www.taxformw9.com Be sure to include your new Federal Tax ID Number on your Indiana Dealer License Application or the application may be rejected. Federal compliance issues are covered extensively in the ADTA Dealer Ethics, Profit, and Compliance Manual.

Franchise Information

If you are opening a franchised dealership and will be selling new motor vehicles you must include a franchise agreement with your Indiana Dealer Application. If you will only be selling used motor vehicles, you will not have a franchise agreement. Franchise agreements are only for Indiana Dealers that are selling a brand new motor vehicle.

Indiana Dealer Garage Insurance Policy

You must show the Indiana Dealer Services Division that you have a Dealer Garage Insurance Policy in effect before you get an Indiana Dealer License. A dealer garage insurance policy will protect you when you are driving your vehicles back and forth from auctions, will protect your customers when they are driving your demos, and will protect you if someone were injured on your lot. You must have $50,000 property damage, $100,000 bodily injury for each person, and $300,000 for bodily injury for each accident. Obtain your Indiana dealer garage insurance by clicking here.

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Indiana Dealer Surety Bond

In July of 2010 the Indiana Dealer Services Division requires Indiana Motor Vehicle Dealers to have a $25,000 dealer surety bond in effect before being granted an Indiana Dealers License. You can download an Indiana Dealers License Surety bond here.

Incorporate or Organize With the Indiana Secretary of States Office

The Indiana Secretary of State wants to know the name of every business that is operating in Indiana. You must file articles of incorporation or organization with the Indiana Secretary of States Office. For more information on business requirements go to the Indiana Secretary of States website.

Mail Indiana Dealer License Application Packet

When you have completed all the steps above you must mail your Indiana Dealer License Application Packet to the Indiana Dealer Services Division. Before mailing your Dealer License Application be sure to call 317-234-7109 to make sure you have all the necessary documents. If you are missing one required document the Indiana Dealer Services Division may reject your application. Be sure to include your Indiana Dealer Application signed by a zoning official, your proof of insurance, picture of building, lot, and sign, registered retail merchant certificate, any franchise agreements if applicable, your dealer surety bond, articles of corporation or organization from the Indiana Secretary of States office, and your new Federal Tax ID Number  to:

Indiana Secretary of State
Dealer Services Division
302 West Washington Street
Room E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-7109

Indiana Dealer Forms

ADTA Dealer Ethics, Profit, and Compliance Manual
Step by Step Indiana Dealer Licensing Instructions

Download Indiana Dealer License Application

Application for Dealer Business License
Dealer Affidavit
Reassignment of Ownership by Registered Dealer
Indiana Dealer Bond Form
Application for Additional Dealer Plates
Dealer Complaint Form

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