Your first step in obtaining your License is to take the Vehicle Dealer Training class. In class California DMV mandates instructional material of the California Laws and Regulations. Making this your first step, gives you clear knowledge of the necessary steps you will need to complete to obtain your license and stay in compliance with the law. Assistance with your dealer application is extended to anyone who needs help or we do have a Deluxe Dealer Package available – Your Instructor will be sharing those details with you.
Don't be misinformed by anyone just trying to get your business! The answer is no, there is no Pre-Licensing Class available as of yet by DMV. Your first class must be a face to face, hands on class only.
You need to bring your Valid California Driver License or ID. However if you are new to California and haven't obtained your California Driver License or ID, your Out of State Driver License is acceptable for class, or your Passport. Be aware however, to take the DMV test with your Occupational Licensing Inspector you MUST have your California Driver License or ID in hand, not just the temporary paper you receive at the time of your application.
The DMV Test is comprised of 40 questions, all multiple choice. A passing score is 70%, 12 maximum errors.
Each student receives a training handbook. With our teaching techniques our students are successful on the first DMV Test. We do prefer that you study the materials provided in class just prior to taking your test to ensure a successful score. The best approach is to take your test as soon as possible so the information provided is fresh in your memory. However, if circumstances happen that you are unable to successfully pass the DMV Test, you are more than welcome to come back to class for a "refresher" course. There is No Additional Cost. You must wait one week in between each DMV test and pay a supplemental $16.00 per test. We don't experience this problem often.
At the conclusion of your class, the Certificate of Completion is good for one year from the date of issuance, which you will receive upon successful completion of the class – we don't mail it to you! You are fully prepared to take your DMV Exam the next DMV business day.
On-Line or Home Study classes are available for current retail dealers or wholesale dealers who sell more than 49 vehicles per years. We are happy to be a continued support for all Vehicle Dealers.
No. As the owner of the Dealership you are not required to have a Salesperson License in advance. Nor do you need to have prior employment history as a Salesperson. If you would like to work for another dealership, then a Salesperson License would be required.
Used Auto-Commercial: Sell used automobiles and trucks to the public and licensed vehicle dealers.
Dealer-Wholesale: Sell to licensed vehicle dealers only.
Auto Broker: Provide the service of arranging, negotiating, assisting, or effectuating, for a fee or compensation, the purchase of a new or used vehicle, not owned by the dealer, for a person(s).
Retail Car Dealer: Not likely. Your location consists of an Office, Sign and Display area. The city most likely will not allow this type of business in a residential zoned area.
Wholesale Car Dealer: Most likely the answer will be yes, this depends on the city you will be working in. A Wholesale Car Dealer location consists of an office, there is no sign or display area required. A garage set up as an office will comply.
Auto Broker: Not likely as well. Your location consists of an Office and Sign. Again, the city most likely will not allow this type of business in a residentially zoned area.
$175.00 Nonrefundable original application fee.
$1.00 Family Support Program fee.
$100.00 Auto Broker (plus original application fee).
$70.00 For each branch location (if applicable).
$70.00 For each dealer plate (plus county fees, if applicable). *
$72.00 For each motorcycle plate (plus county fees, if applicable). *
* This figure will vary depending on the county where your business is located.
NOTE: Plates are optional, not mandatory.
Applicants with convictions, prior departmental actions, business bankruptcies, and/or outstanding civil judgments related to the automobile industry, must file an Abbreviated Application. The purpose of an abbreviated application is to allow applicants to discover if a license will be issued. To expedite the review process, applicants with convictions may submit certified copies of the arresting agencies report and the court documents with their application. An abbreviated application must be submitted to determine your eligibility for a license. Please note that your application fee of $175 is Non-Refundable. If the Department determines that no license will be issued, every applicant has the right to a hearing presided by an Administrative Law Judge for consideration.
A Retail Vehicle Dealer Bond is $50,000.
Wholesale Dealer Bonds – there are two choices:
Auto Broker Bond is $50,000.
The Bond Company that you choose will typically take an application and run your credit. Your credit report will factor in the cost of your bonding process.
An alternative to the Bond: DMV also has an option of a Cash Deposit in Lieu of a Bond – Please be aware that any Cash Deposit is held for 5 years from the date you go out of business, or a Superior Court Judge orders the release of the deposit.
Once your DMV Inspector has accepted and completed their portion of the application process, they will issue a temporary license typically good for 120 days. Your temporary supplies consist of: Temporary Wall License, Temporary Dealer Plates (if ordered) and the appropriate report of sales for the type of license you applied for. This allows you to get registered at the Dealer Auctions and get started with your business. The best person to ask how long it will take to process your application will be your Inspector – Its hard to second guess the workload they are experiencing at the time you submit your paperwork.
If your questions or concerns were not addressed in this informative page, please feel free to give us a call – we offer a great support system for our students and take pride in the opportunity to be of assistance.