Used Motor Parts Dealers FAQ
More information about the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers.
A Used Parts Dealer license is issued by the Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers & Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers, Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers Division, to any person, partnership, limited liability company, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of buying, selling, or using motor vehicle parts. Licensees may be in the business as a used motor vehicle parts dealer, a motor vehicle dismantler, a motor vehicle rebuilder, a salvage pool dealer, or a salvage dealer. The Board issues a license as a Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer that covers the activities of all these types of businesses.
Find more information on the How-to Guide: Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer page. Prior to preparing the application, you must obtain an established place of business and a working landline telephone number listed in the business name. At the established place of business, you must install an appropriate permanent sign, advertising your business as a used parts dealership.
Whether you can lawfully operate a used motor vehicle parts business out of your residence will depend upon the requirements and restrictions of your local zoning ordinances. Even though you plan to operate from your residence, you must meet the requirements of an “established place of business”, as defined in the Used Motor Vehicle Dealers' and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers' Registration Act and Board Rule 681-6-.01, which is available for review on our website. You should contact your city or county Planning & Zoning Office to determine if current regulations will allow you to operate the business from your residence. You should also ask if current regulations will allow you to install a permanent sign at your residence to advertise your business. The Board rule requires a permanent sign to be displayed at the location of the dealer's office, and the rule further requires that the dealership office must be in a detached building on the residential property that is fully furnished according to the requirements of an established place of business. The dealership cannot be set up in the residence.
The sign used to advertise your business must be of a permanent nature, as opposed to a banner or one along the lines of a real estate sale sign. “Appropriate” is determined by the city or county regulations that detail the restrictions in signage in your area. You will need to discuss the restrictions with your local zoning or business license office. Board requirements for a permanent sign can be reviewed in Board Rule 681-6-.01(d).
Please allow at least 30 days from the date you mail the application to obtain your license. If you provide an email address on the application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application as soon as the fee is deposited, and initial data entry establishes the application in our database. Once the license is issued, you will receive an email notifying you of the issuance of the license. You can verify your license when it is issued by going to the License Verification page on our website.
No. You may not legally operate a used motor vehicle parts business without a license. See O.C.G.A. 43-47-7.
The photographs of your business must show the outside of the facility, including the sign. The number of photos submitted may vary from applicant to applicant. However, your photos must sufficiently show your place of business and your sign in one photograph. If your business is in an office complex suite, your photographs must show your business listed on the marquee of the office complex, and you must submit photograph(s) of the suite door, indicating your signage on the door. Photographs must also be submitted showing your established office (i.e., desk, file cabinets, telephone).
All used motor vehicle parts dealer licenses are two-year licenses, expiring on December 31 of odd years. Renewal notices will be sent by email prior to the expiration date. It is imperative that you maintain a current email address with the Board office. Dealers who do not provide an email address will be notified by postcard of the open renewal period.
The designee is the person named by a corporation, a limited liability company, or a partnership to be the responsible license holder for the business. The business can have only one license holder. Therefore, the license is issued to the business with the designee as the license holder. The designee assumes full responsibility for the operations of the licensed dealership on behalf of the partnership, corporation, or limited liability company.
A sole proprietorship does not name a designee, because the sole owner is the license holder for the business and is considered by the Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer Board to be the responsible person for the operations of the licensed dealership. The designee can be an officer, if the dealership is owned by a corporation, a partner, if the business is owned by a partnership, or an employee of the business. The designee makes application for the used motor vehicle dealer license on behalf of the corporation or partnership. The fingerprint cards submitted must be for the designee.
Apply for a Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer License and check the box for Supplemental License. The designee must be the same as for the original license. The same accompanying documents will be required for this supplemental license application as for the original location’s license, except for the proof of pre-license seminar completion. The application must instead submit proof of completion of the most recent continuing education seminar. Fingerprint processing through Cogent Systems is required for supplemental or additional location applications. The same bond issued to the original location may be used for the supplemental, but a copy of the bond must accompany the supplemental application. The certificate of insurance must be amended to list the additional location. An original amended certificate must accompany the supplemental application.
Changes to a Licensed Dealership
You will need to complete the Request for Change of Location and/or Change of Name. Change of location requires photographs of the new location, including the sign, and a new certificate of liability insurance, which lists the new location address.
Change of name requires a new bond or bond rider, issued in the new name, a new certificate of liability insurance, listing the new name, and photographs of the business that reflect the name change on signage.
Caution: A change of business structure, such changing from a sole proprietorship to a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership, is not a name change. Rather, this type of change is the formation of a new and separate business entity. A name change request cannot be granted for such a change. When the business entity changes, even if a corporation is dissolved and a new corporation is created, a new and complete Application for Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer License must be submitted, including fees and all required documents.
Complaint and Title Questions
The Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealer Division investigates complaints against used motor vehicle parts dealers, used motor vehicle dismantlers, motor vehicle rebuilders, salvage pool dealers, and salvage dealers. The Board does not investigate complaints against finance companies that hold liens on vehicles. The Board’s ability to discipline a dealer for violations of law or Board rules is limited to sanctions against the license. Therefore, while you are filing a complaint with the Board, you may wish to also consider conferring with a personal attorney or the local magistrate court to determine your legal rights in a civil matter to recover possible damages.
The dealer has 30 calendar days from the date of the sale to apply for a title in the purchaser’s name and to give the purchaser the proper documents to get a tag for the vehicle.
- You should attempt to contact the dealer to demand the title. If you receive no satisfaction from the dealer, you may file an Official Complaint to the Georgia Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers. Keep in mind that the Board’s authority is limited to sanctions against a dealer’s license. The Board does not have the authority to get your title for you.
- You also may wish to seek legal counsel on your legal rights to pursue the possession of your title in court.
- If the dealer is licensed, or if the dealer has recently closed operations, you may request from the Board office a Letter of Certification, to include the bond information, on the dealer. Every dealer is required to obtain a $10,000 surety bond, issued in favor of the State of Georgia, to assist purchasers harmed by the dealer’s misrepresentations regarding liens against any used motor vehicle, or titles to any used motor vehicle. You can use the bond information to file a claim against the bond with the bond company.
- If the dealer is unlicensed, you may request from the Board office a Letter of Certification that indicates that the dealer is unlicensed. You will then need to follow the procedures of the Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, to obtain a bonded title.
- If the dealer’s license has lapsed, you may access the License Verification page to search for the dealer license. Once you have found the dealer information, you can print the information that indicates that the dealer’s license has lapsed. You may then take this information to the Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, and follow their procedures for obtaining a bonded title.