How to get your license: Motor vehicle wholesaler

Who needs a license?

Any business that buys from or sells to Washington licensed dealers any of these types of vehicles:

  • Used cars
  • Used trucks
  • Used motor homes

If you don’t have a wholesaler license, it’s 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:

  • Always have a telecommunications system that answers and/or relays incoming calls, such as:
    • an answering service,
    • telephone answering machine, or
    • voice or beeper pagers.
  • Have an onsite area to maintain books, records, and files.
  • Have clearly identified records, office facilities, and inventory physically separated from any other vehicle dealer sharing the same location.
  • Have a permanently affixed exterior sign on the land or building with the business name and business type (such as auto wholesaler).
  • Have an office facility in a commercial building in WA and meet local zoning and land use laws.
  • Have no more than 3 wholesale or retail dealers in one building.
  • List all storage facilities for inventory with us (DOL).

You’re not required to maintain normal business hours or a phone book listing.

Licensing requirements

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

How to apply

Mail all materials and fee with a check or money order payable to Department of Revenue:

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

Use our Dealer Checklist to make sure you’ve included everything in your application.

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