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 a permanent sign with the business name and 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.
To get a license, you must have all of the following:
- $30,000 bond. Bonds are available through many insurance companies. We recommend you research the cost of your bond before you apply for a license.
- Copy of your property tax statement or the rental/lease agreement for the business site as proof of ownership. The rental/lease agreement must be valid for at least 1 year.
- The following completed forms:
- Business License Application
- Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Manufacturer, Registered Tow Truck Operator, or Wrecker Bond
- Vehicle Dealer Manufacturer Addendum
- A separate Financial/Source of Funds Statement for each sole proprietor or business entity.
- If the business is a sole proprietor or partnership, each owner or partner must submit a separate form listing all of their personal assets and liabilities.
- If the business is a corporation, LLC, or LLP, submit 1 form that includes only the assets and liabilities of the business.
- A separate Personal Criminal History Statement for each owner, partner, corporate officer and member of the business.
- Fingerprint card for each owner, partner, corporate officer, and member of the business.
- Fingerprint cards are available by U.S. Mail only. To request fingerprint cards, call the Business Licensing Service at 1-800-451-7985.
- If the business is a Profit Corporation, Corporate Information form.
- If the business is a Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Company Information form.
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.