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Dealer Licensing Procedures

Minimum requirements can be mailed upon request of the dealer by calling (304) 558-3584

Upon receiving the minimum requirement handout, contact the office of dealer services to set an appointment for a pre-inspection of the dealership location.  The inspector will deliver the application package durring the appointment.

Dealer licensing requirements *(unless otherwise indicated)

  • Completed application
  • $25,000 surety bond *(bond not required for repo-financial institution, mfg-manufacturer or trs-transporter)
  • 20/40/10 Dealer Liability Insurance *(insurance not required for ls-license service)
  • Personal property tax receipt in the name of each owner/corporate officer or an affidavit from the county in which the dealership will be located stating that no taxes are owed
  • Pictures of dealership and sign with letters no less than 4” in height
  • A valid business license in the state of WV
  • Garage agreement if required 
  • Franchise agreement if required

Background Check

When dealer services receives your application, an inspector will be sent to fingerprint all owners/corporate officers and to get signatures on a release of information waiver. After the waiver is completed and signed by all owners/corporate officers, Dealer Services checks with various agancies to be sure:

  • Prospective dealers are approved through the bureau of employment programs for non-delinquency of unemployment benefits.
  • Criminal investigation bureau reports return stating “no record”.
  • The tax department states all owners/corporate officers are in good standing.
 

Upon receipt and approval of all the above, a license certificate will be issued and dealer plates will be sent to the dealer.

Dealer Licensing and Renewal Fees

Class of Licenses
Application Fee
Renewal Fee
Licensing Year
D - New & Used
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Duc - Used
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Drv - Recreational
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Dtr - Trailer
$250.00
$25.00
July 1 to June 30
F - Motorcycle
$250.00
$10.00
July 1 to June 30
Mfg - Manufacturer
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Trs - Transporter
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Aa - Auto Auction
$250.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Wdr - Wrecker
$250.00
$15.00
July 1 to June 30
Dismantler
-
-
-
Rebuilder
-
-
-
Repo-Financial
$100.00
$100.00
July 1 to June 30
Institution
-
-
-
Ls-License Service
$25.00
$25.00
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31

Temporary Plates

Dealers can visit our office or apply by mail order to purchase temporary plates at a cost of $3.00 per plate.

Dealer Recovery Fund

New dealers applying for a license and dealer's renewing an existing license are required to pay a $150.00 into the recovery fund.

Salesperson Licensing Procedures

Motor Vehicle Salesperson License Information

Salesperson Test Study Guide
Sample test with answers and explanations

Motor Vehicle Salesperson License Application 
To apply for Salesperson License

Salesperson Notification of Change Form
Form for cancellation of employment or transfer of address/employment of Salesperson

For Dealer or Salesperson Questions:

Phone: (304) 558-3584

Write: Dealer Services
PO Box 17100
Charleston, WV 25317