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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 during​ 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 agencies 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.​

For Dealer Questions:

Phone: (304) 558-3584

Write: Dealer Services
PO Box 17100
Charleston, WV 25317