Used Motor Vehicle Dealers FAQ
Do I need A license?
NO - that is not a true statement. If you sell vehicles with the intent to make a profit, you need to be a license dealer. You can read O.C.G.A. 43-47-2 (17)(A) for more details on this.
The "five cars per year" statement is a standard that the Department of Revenue uses to flag someone as a possible unlicensed dealer.
For an individual selling their personal car - you do not need a license to sell a car that is titled in your name and that you have driven as a personal vehicle.
It depends on your local zoning ordinances. Contact your city or county Planning & Zoning Office for this information. Be sure to ask if they'll allow a permanent sign, because if it is allowed by your local zoning, you must still meet the requirements of an “established place of business.”
Yes. You need a used motor vehicle dealer license to sell a vehicle, whether on an open lot, in an office suite, or on the Internet (O.C.G.A. 43-47-7). Also, you must still meet the requirements for an Established Place of Business and have a bond and insurance.
Licensing is the same for retail dealers and wholesale dealers. Review the definition for a Wholesaler at Title 43 Ch 47 Definitions.
Yes. You can operate from an office suite in an office complex, but you must meet the criteria for an Established Place of Business - 681-6 (e), with the exception of rules for display of used cars.
Not from the Used Motor Vehicle Dealers Board. These are not regulated by this Board. Check with your local business license office and Department of Revenue for their requirements.
O.C.G.A. 43-47-2 (7) defines “motor vehicle” or “car” as “…every vehicle which is self-propelled and required to be registered under the laws of this state, except trackless trolleys (which are classified as streetcars), airplanes, motorboats, motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, or go-carts.”
No. You do not need a used motor vehicle dealer license to strictly repossess automobiles. However, you will need a used motor vehicle dealer license if you begin buying and selling repossessed vehicles.
You need at least 2 kinds of licenses - a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License and an Auction Company License. You may also need to apply for an Auctioneer License. Learn more about the auction and auctioneer licenses at Georgia Auctioneers Commission. (LINK MISSING)
Changing the Dealership Name or Address
You will need to complete the Request for Name Change and/or Name Change Form. Changing the address on the website is not sufficient. You are required to submit the appropriate form to the board office.
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 has changed, even if a corporation is dissolved and a new corporation is created, a new and complete Application for Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License must be submitted, including fees and all required documents.
You will need to submit an Application for Change of Designee. The complete application, including fees and required accompanying documents, must be submitted. Changing the designee will not require a new license.
Complaint and Title Questions
- NOTE: The Licensing Board cannot issue your vehicle title, nor can the Board recover funds for you. The Board can discipline a licensed used car dealer for violations of law or Board rules through sanctions.
- You can contact the dealer and make a demand for the title.
- You can contact the Department of Revenue to let them know there is a problem with your title. The DOR website has good information about titles, tags, transfers, etc.
- You may file an Official Complaint with the Georgia Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers. The complaint can be submitted online at www.sos.ga.gov, via fax at 866-888-1176, or mailed to the Board's attention at 237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217. Provide information supporting the complaint, such as a sales contract, buyer’s guide, receipts, bill of sale, and a copy of the title. If submitting the complaint online, please fax the additional information to the board promptly.
- You may submit a request for a copy of the dealer’s Surety Bond from the Board office to file a claim against the bond with the bond company. Per Board Policy, this request must be accompanied by a copy of the bill of sale and buyer’s guide, or a copy of a court judgment, or a statement of why these items are unavailable for submission. Click here to view the policy. You may submit the request to [email protected]
- You can print a License Verification showing the dealer’s license status. This may be requested by the Department of Revenue when working with that agency to obtain the title.
- You may wish to seek legal counsel on your legal rights to pursue the possession of your title in court.
The Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Division investigates complaints against independent used motor vehicle dealers in Georgia. The Board will review complaints regarding unlicensed practice. The Board does not investigate complaints against franchise dealers (new car dealers) or finance companies. Contact the Consumer Protection Division at the Georgia Department of Law for information on filing a complaint against a Franchised or New Car Dealer.
The Board does have the authority to discipline a licensed used car dealer for violations of law or Board rules through sanctions. If your complaint is a civil matter, i.e., you are seeking financial restitution, you may wish to confer with a personal attorney or the local magistrate court to determine your legal rights.
The dealer has 30 calendar days from the date of the sale to apply for a title in the purchaser’s name and to furnish the purchaser with the proper documents to obtain a tag for the vehicle. Click here to review the Responsibilities of a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer.
If you reside in one of the 13 counties which require emissions inspection, the dealer is required to provide you with proof that the vehicle passed emissions testing when the vehicle was sold to you.
Refer to the Georgia Clean Air Force for emissions-related issues, including the ability to verify that a vehicle you have recently purchased has passed emissions testing.
- The Board has no jurisdiction over finance companies. You would need to contact the Department of Revenue for guidance.
- Additional information and resources can be found on the Consumer Protection Division at the Georgia Department of Law
Submit an Application for Used Motor Vehicle Dealer along with the application fee, and other documentation as required. Review the application for more information about the requirements when applying for this license.
The designee is the person who is to be the responsible license holder for the business. 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 the designee.
Review the Laws and Rules, the application information sheet, or contact the Board office for additional information about the designee.
Once your application is complete and before you are issued a license, an inspector will schedule a preliminary inspection to ensure that your dealership is compliant with Board law and rules for an established place of business. As a condition of licensure, your dealership is subject to periodic inspections. All inspections are unannounced and take place at the established place of business. If an inspector has made three documented unsuccessful attempts to inspect your dealership, your license will be subject to revocation.
Allow 30 days from the time you submit your application. It may take less time for your license to be issued if your application is complete and there are no items that need Board review.
If you did not submit everything with your application, you will receive a "deficiency letter" telling you what is missing. This will cause a delay in issuing a license. If there is a matter that needs Board review prior to licensure, it will take longer to issue a license because it will have to wait for the next Board meeting to be presented for review. You can verify if your license has been issued by going to the License Verification page on our website.
No. Please refer to O.C.G.A. § 43-47-7. (CLICK HERE)
As many as it takes to reasonably show the inside and outside of the facility, to include your signage, so the number of photos per applicant will vary. If your business is in an office complex suite, your photograph(s) 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.
No, but there are some exceptions. According to Board Rule 681-3-.05, joint used motor vehicle dealer operations may be conducted, but they must have a separate office, separate outside entrance, separate inventory, records, and files. Each licensee at the location must use their business name (as it is licensed) on all business documents and vehicles offered for sale by the licensee. Each licensee must also have the required signage and telephone listing in their respective business names.
One year from the date of seminar completion.
These are 2-year licenses, and they expire on March 31 of even years. Reminders are sent via email only so make sure your email address is correct with the Board Office.
You will need at least 2 licenses - a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License and an Auction Company License. You may also need to apply for an Auctioneer License, if you are not a licensed auctioneer, and you plan on auctioning the vehicles yourself. Refer to the License Requirements for Auctioneer for further information on becoming a licensed auctioneer.
Apply for a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License and check the box for Supplemental License. The designee must be the same as for the original license. Include everything that the application requests, except for proof of completion of the pre-licensing seminar. Each location must have its own surety bond and signed power of attorney. The certificate of insurance must be amended to list the additional location, and a copy of this must be submitted with the application.
Contact the Board-approved seminar providers listed on our this page.
Licensed dealers are required to obtain 6 hours of continuing education to be eligible to renew their licenses. The following approved providers offer both continuing education and Pre-Licensing courses year-round. Contact the provider directly for more information on CE fees, schedules, etc.
Automobile Dealer Training Association
E-Learning Concepts, LLC
Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Assoc. (GIADA)
Ron E. Widener Motor Vehicle Dealer Services
If you wish to obtain Surety Bond information for a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer, please submit your request to: [email protected]. Please submit a bill of sale and buyer’s guide, a court judgment against the dealer, or an explanation as to why you are not submitting the documents. Please be aware that our office does not offer quotes for surety bonds.
New safety protocols by Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) now require applicants to have an application on file with the Board BEFORE they can be fingerprinted. All applicants must pre-register for fingerprinting at: https://www.aps.gemalto.com/ga/index.htm.
Once Board staff verifies your application is on file, you will receive an email notification from the GBI/GAPS to report to your chosen fingerprint site. The Used Motor Vehicle Dealer/Parts Dealer applications have been updated to reflect this new information.
The Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Division will investigate:
- complaints against independent used motor vehicle dealers in Georgia.
- complaints regarding unlicensed practice provided adequate information is submitted with the complaint.
They will not investigate or do not have jurisdiction over:
- Franchises - Franchise dealers are not required to be licensed; therefore, the Board has no jurisdiction over these companies.
- Finance companies - complaints against finance companies that hold liens on vehicles. The Board does not license finance companies and so no jurisdiction over this profession.
- Money - requests to recover funds for you. That is a civil matter for which you should seek legal advice.
- Titles - requests to acquire or issue a car title. Titles are issued through the Department of Revenue. The consumer may request the surety bond for the licensee from the Board.
- Legal advice - the Board cannot provide legal advice to you. You should contact an attorney or other legal counsel for advice.
You will need to submit a Change of Designee Application. The complete application, including fees and required accompanying documents, must be submitted. Changing the designee will not require a new UCAR license. The application can also be found under the Application/Form Downloads tab.
You must submit a complete a Used Motor Vehicle Dealer application along with the appropriate fee and documentation.
Before submitting the application, you must attend a Board-approved pre-licensing seminar, obtain an established place of business, and have a working landline telephone installed and listed in the business name. There must be an appropriate permanent sign at your established place of business advertising your business as a used car dealership.
It is very important that you review the rules regarding applying for a license Licensing - Rule 681-3 and requirements for an established place of business: Established Place of Business - Rule 681-6.
If 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 can be viewed at this link: Established Place of Business. You cannot set up the dealership inside your home, it must be set up in a detached building. Zoning certification is required, so please 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 erect a permanent sign at your residence to advertise your business as a used car dealership, as required by Board Rules.
Licensed dealers must have an established place of business that meets the criteria set forth in the Rules and Laws. This established place of business can be an open lot, or it can be an office from which used motor vehicle transactions are conducted. The licensing requirements are the same for both dealer models, with the exception of rules for display of used cars. Refer to the Established Place of Business - 681-6 (e) for more information.
See Georgia Rule 681-6-.01 - Established Place of Business - Established Place of Business.