Dealer Forms in California
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We've provided the basic forms you'll need to start and run your dealership. View the forms with Adobe Reader software.
There are different applications for selling new cars, or exclusively used cars. Salespeople must also apply for their own licenses:
A number of forms are required to renew your dealership license. They include:
Here are links to other frequently used forms.
Changing the Dealership
The California DMV has prepared a page with links to all of the information and forms you will need in order to make changes in your dealership such as a new franchise, additional plates, and other dealership changes. For example:
Check out these helpful links to the forms required by the California DMV of vehicle salespeople. Salespeople are required to submit to a background investigation, file an application for a salesperson's license, and renew their license annually. Also, when a salesperson changes dealerships, he or she must notify the DMV by requesting a corrected license. Some forms:
In most cases, you'll submit business-related forms to a DMV inspector office and not to the DMV. Inspectors are in charge of dealer licensing. Double-check the instructions on any form you fill out to make sure you're sending it to the right place.
When someone buys a car―new or used―from a dealership in California, the dealer typically takes care of all the title and registration paperwork. Here are the forms you might need:
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