How to get your license: Motor vehicle wholesaler

Who needs a license?

Businesses must have a motor vehicle wholesaler license to sell the following items to licensed dealers at wholesale only:

  • Used cars
  • Used trucks
  • Used motor homes

If you don’t have a wholesaler license, it is illegal to:

  • Sell more than 4 vehicles registered to you in any 12 months.
  • Buy and sell vehicles for the purpose of making a profit.
  • Sell any number of vehicles that aren’t registered to you.

Business site requirements

  • Your business site must:
    • Maintain a telecommunications system at all times. This system must be capable of answering and/or relaying incoming calls, such as an answering service, telephone answering machine, or voice or beeper pagers.
    • Have an area to maintain books, records, and files at the site. If 2 or more vehicle dealer businesses share a location, all records, office facilities, and inventory must be physically separated and clearly identified.
    • Have an exterior sign that is permanently affixed to the land or building with the business name and the type of business (such as auto wholesaler).
  • You must have an office facility in a commercial building within the state and meet local zoning and land use laws.
  • You must list all storage facilities for inventory with the Department of Licensing.
  • You aren’t required to maintain normal business hours or maintain a telephone listing in the local phone book.

Licensing requirements

To get a license, you must have all of the following:

How to apply

Mail all of the application materials listed above with a check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Revenue) to:

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

It’s a good idea to use the Dealer Checklist to make sure you’ve included everything in your application.

Note: Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.

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