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  • Dealer Licensing in Florida

    The State of Florida, under Section 320.771 of the Florida Statutes, considers you to be a dealer and requires you to have a dealer's license if you buy or sell any of the following in a period of 12 months:

    • 3 motor vehicles or more
    • 1 mobile home or more
    • 1 recreational vehicle or more

    All vehicle dealer licenses are administered and regulated through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The application and approval process can be lengthy, and it varies depending on what type of vehicle you plan to sell: motor vehicles, mobile homes, or recreational vehicles.

    Motor Vehicle Dealer

    When you apply for a license, you'll need to specify which type you need:

    Independent Dealer: allows you to deal in used motor vehicles only, for retail or wholesale sales.

    Franchise Dealer: allows you to deal in new motor vehicles in agreement with a manufacturer. It also allows for the sale of used vehicles.

    Wholesale Dealer: allows you to buy, sell, and deal only at wholesale prices with other licensed dealers.

    Auctions: allows you to sell, through bidding, vehicles from other dealers. It also prohibits retail sales.

    The Application Process

    To receive your motor vehicle dealer license, you must complete the Application for a License as a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home or Recreational Vehicle Dealer (Form HSMV 86056) also available at any regional office of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. You'll need to provide required documentation and pay any applicable fees.

    Note: You will need the free Adobe Reader to download and read PDF files.

    Make sure to return the form to the regional office that serves your locale; applications sent to Tallahassee that pertain to other regions will be sent to the appropriate regional office and could delay processing time.

    Requirements to Obtain a Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer License

    Note: Franchise dealers may have additional requirements. Please check with any Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles regional office for details.

    Fees

    • $300 per approved location.
    • $54.25 (per person) for fingerprints and processing.

    License renewals

    Dealer licenses must be renewed annually, at a fee of $75. All independent dealers must provide proof of at least 8 hours of continuing dealer training upon renewal.

    Continuing (and initial) dealer training can be found at the following locations:

    • Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association: (888) 237-0448.
    • Advanced Dealer Training Institute: (561) 791-9511.
    • Florida Auto Dealer School: (866) 884-0549.

    Find more information on approved dealer training sites at any regional office of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

    Mobile Home Dealer

    Two types of licenses are issued to mobile home dealers:

    Mobile home dealer: allows you to deal in new and used mobile homes, and to do business at retail or wholesale prices.

    Mobile home broker: allows you to deal in used mobile homes only, at either retail or wholesale prices.

    Requirements to Obtain a Florida Mobile Home Dealer License

    Fees

    • $300 per approved location.
    • $54.25 (per person) for fingerprints and processing.
    • $40 annual fee for Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Trust Fund.

    Recreational Vehicle Dealer

    Only a single type of license is issued for recreational vehicle dealers.

    Requirements to Obtain a Florida Recreational Vehicle Dealer License

    Fees

    • $300 per approved location.
    • $54.25 (per person) for fingerprints and processing.
    • $40 annual fee for Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Trust Fund.

    Renewal of Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Dealer Licenses

    Licenses must be renewed annually. The fee is $140. Return your renewal form to any regional office of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

    Penalties

    No matter your choice of vehicle, if you fail to obtain a dealer license, you could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, resulting in 6 months in jail or a fine of $500. You could also be deemed in violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, resulting in large fines or a permanent injunction from a circuit court.

    Ensure Compliance

    For a comprehensive look at Florida's dealer regulations and procedures, download the Florida Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Dealers' Handbook, available for free in PDF format.

    Forms

    HSMV 86019

    Required bond form for RV dealer licensing.

    HSMV 86020

    Required bond paperwork for vehicle dealer licensing.

    HSMV 86057

    Form signed by the bank holding the surety bond for a motor vehicle dealer. One option to fulfill the bond requirement for dealer licensing.

    HSMV 86058

    Form signed by the bank that holds the surety bond for a mobile home dealer. One way to meet the bond requirement for dealer licensing.

    HSMV 86056

    Submit this form to apply for a dealer's license for a vehicle sales business.