Used Dealer – and Auto Broker – Application Forms
These are the official DMV forms you will need to complete to get your dealership license, and auto broker license, if you want that too. These are PDF forms that you can fill out on-line, print, and submit to the DMV to obtain your license. Main Application Forms Packet
DMV’s “How To Complete An Application For A Vehicle Dealer’s License” Form
This is DMV’s pamphlet on how to fill out some of the forms required to get your dealer license. While it is helpful in providing a general overview of the process, often students have found that once they actually begin trying to complete the required tasks, they become very frustrated by the lack of specific guidance from the pamphlet. It also does not provide advice and recommendations on which options may be best for you. Some of the information is also outdated. Having said that, it is certainly better than nothing, and it will not hurt you to review it.
DMV “How to Complete an Application” Information Form
DMV Vehicle Registration Procedures for Dealers and Registration Services
This is a great guide to preparing the DMV paperwork when you sell a vehicle. This page contains the DMV Handbook “Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual,” form links, a fee calculator and more.
DMV Vehicle Registration Resource Page
Dealer Contracts and Other Dealer Forms
Below are three of the major form providers to dealers in California. You can go to their websites and obtain a free booklet showing you all the forms they have available.
BPI Auto Forms
Reynolds & Reynolds
Although the DMV does not require proof of insurance to issue your dealer license and dealer plates, you will need to get at least minimum liability insurance to cover your dealer plate(s) for when you use them to drive your vehicles. Proof of insurance will also be required by dealer auctions when you want to register to bid with them. You can check out a sample auto dealer insurance company, what they offer, and what they charge, at www.dealercover.com. Once you determine what level of coverage you would like and the typical cost for it, then contact your own insurance company to see if they offer similar products. If so, you may get a better rate as their pre-existing customer.
California Vehicle Code Book
This contains many of the laws regulating dealers, plus other auto-related laws such as traffic and speeding violations. Use this book to help run your dealership, and to defend against traffic tickets. You can purchase one at your local DMV.