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’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:
- Maintain a telecommunications system at all times. It 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).
- Have an office facility in a commercial building within the state and meet local zoning and land use laws.
- List all storage facilities for inventory with us (DOL).
You’re not required to maintain normal business hours or maintain a telephone listing in the phone book.
To get a license, you must have all of the following:
- $30,000 bond. Available through many insurance companies. 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 for at least 1 year.
- The following completed forms:
- Business License Application
- Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Manufacturer, Registered Tow Truck Operator, or Wrecker Business Bond
- Vehicle Dealer Manufacturer Addendum
- Financial/Source of Funds Statement
- Sole proprietor or partnership, each person must submit a separate form.
- Corporation, LLC, or LLP, submit 1 form that includes only the assets and liabilities of the business.
- Equifax will do a credit check on each applicant. If you have unpaid debts you'll need to clear them up. Contact the bank, lender, or business or Equifax: 800.685.1111 or www.equifax.com.
- 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 order cards, call 800.451.7985.
- For Profit Corporation, Corporate Information.
- For Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Company Information.
How to apply
Mail all of the materials and fee with a check or money order payable to the 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.
Note: Please let us know, in writing, if you have an address change so we can reach you with information about your license.
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