Dealer Licensing in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) oversees all dealer license applications.

When you apply for a car dealer license in MN, be prepared to put in some legwork, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Obtaining zoning verification for your approved commercial location.
  • Complying with the state’s worker’s compensation laws.
  • Purchasing liability insurance and a surety bond.

Ready for the forms and details? We'll guide you through below.

Who Needs a Dealer License?

 In Minnesota you are required to have a dealer license if you: 

  • Directly sell or lease more than 5 motor vehicles within 12 months (new or used).
  • Conduct consignment sales of cars.
  • Broker the sale or lease of cars.
  • Sell parts and/or scrap metal from used cars. 

Apply for a MN Dealer License

 To apply for a Minnesota dealer license, bring the following to your local DVS:

Mail the above to:

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 186
St. Paul, MN 55101

Give the MN DVS up to 120 days to process your application.

This application has a lot of moving parts and can easily become overwhelming—don’t hesitate to call the Minnesota DVS at (651) 201-7800 with any questions you may have.