If you dream of strutting across a car showroom floor and waxing on about buying a new set of wheels, you might consider a career as a car salesperson.
Do You Need an Auto Dealer Salesperson License?
A vehicle salesperson license, legalizes your ability to sell a car if you work for an auto dealership. This, in turn, allows you to:
- Offer a vehicle for sale
- Display a vehicle for sale
- Offer a vehicle for lease
Of course, private auto sales usually do not require an auto salesperson license. So, if you plan on selling your personal vehicle straight out of your garage, don’t sweat it; you don’t need a license. Also, keep in mind that some states don’t require licenses in order to sell cars at a dealership. Check our Dealers & Auto Industry section to learn more about the specific rules and regulations of your state.
How to Apply for a Vehicle Salesperson License
While the application process varies from state to state, you will likely need to take all or some of the following steps to apply:
- Contact your state licensing agency. This, depending on your state, will either be through the DMV or a specific auto industry department within the state government.
- Submit an application.
- Pay a licensing fee. Fees vary by state.
While You Wait for Your License
The average wait time to process an application varies by state. In some instances, while you’re waiting for your application to be processed, you may be allowed to begin working using a temporary license. Check with the auto dealership you intend work for, regarding the possibilities of this option.
Keep Your Salesperson License Current
Like any other license, your salesperson license comes with an expiration date. Be sure to keep it current. If you allow it to expire you may be asked to reapply. Tennessee, for example, gives license holders 90 days after the expiration date to renew. After this time, the applicant must reapply as if a first-time applicant.