Salesperson License in California

Application Forms

All Vehicle Salesperson Licensing forms are available online. The application package also includes additional licensing information.


  1. Obtain the application package.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Submit your application and fees to the local Inspector Office.
  4. If you have general licensing questions, call (916) 229-3128.


The fees to become a licensed vehicle salesperson are:

  • $50 Non-refundable application fee
  • $50 Reinstatement fee
  • $15 Duplicate or transfer license fee
  • $1 Family Support Program fee

Deadlines and Waiting Periods

The average time for processing an application may be up to 120 days from the date the completed application was received. This gives the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) time for investigation of the applicant, inspection of the place of business, and processing of the license.

Temporary Permits

After the applicant has met the requirements for the Vehicle Salesperson license, the department may issue a temporary permit for a period not to exceed 120 days, while it processes the application.

Renewal Details

The vehicle salesperson's license is valid for 3 years and then you must renew it.

To renew, you will need to fill out an Application for Occupational License (Form OL 165). This form is available online or ordered by calling (916) 229-3128. After you complete the form you will need to go to your local field office to submit your renewal form and pay your renewal fees:

  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $50 Renewal application fee

No Late Renewals

Late renewals are not accepted; you will need to complete a new application once the renewal period has passed.

Contacting Your Local Inspector

The Department of Motor Vehicles currently has 23 Inspector Offices located throughout California, including:

  • Bakersfield
  • Chico
  • City of Commerce
  • Compton
  • El Cerrito
  • Fresno
  • Gilroy
  • Hayward
  • Inglewood
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Norco
  • Novato
  • Palm Springs
  • Pomona
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Maria
  • Turlock
  • Van Nuys

Contact your local inspector to set up an appointment.


OL 165

Apply for or renew your license to sell motor vehicles.

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