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New and used car dealerships and leasing licenses

You must meet the following qualifications and requirements before obtaining a new and used car dealership or a long term leasing license:
  • Supply evidence of an established place of business – you must have an office with a desk, chair, landline telephone and a working safe to store motor vehicle documents
  • For a dealer license, you are required to maintain display space capable of showcasing a minimum of two vehicles – a leasing license is not required to maintain a display space
  • Your business must also have an exterior sign permanently affixed to the land or building consistent with local ordinances. The lettering must be legible from the roadway (not applicable to leasing)
  • The manufacturer must complete a manufacturer's certificate and the business selling new vehicles must submit the original with the application
  • Applicants must submit:
  • Copy of alternate/fictitious name filing certificate
  • Photographs of premises and signage
  • Copy of driver's license for owners/officers/members/partners
  • Passport-size color photographs of owners/officers/members/partners
  • Copy of certificate of authority from Department of Treasury for out-of-state corporations and LLCs
  • Copy of New Jersey Sales Tax Certificate of Authority
  • Proof of issuance of federal taxpayer identification number from IRS
  • Copy of deed, lease or purchase agreement for the premises to be licensed
  • Copy of telephone bill for landline at premises to be licensed

The application process
  • The initial and supplementary applications must be completed by the owner, partners, members or corporate officers
  • The supplementary application includes but is not limited to:
  • Child support
  • Signature card forms
  • Fingerprint request notification form
  • The local municipality must approve the location and complete the municipal approval form
  • The manufacturer and the business selling new vehicles must complete a manufacturer's certificate

Insurance/Bonding
  • A Certificate of Insurance reflecting liability coverage in the amount of $100,000 - $250,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage is required at the time of approval and must specify the total number of plates covered by the policy
  • The certificate should read:
  • NJMVC – Business Licensing Services Bureau, Dealer Unit, P.O. BOX 171, Trenton N.J. 08666
  • A $10,000 Surety Bond is required in your business name and address with an expiration date coinciding with the licensing year

Violations
The Chief Administrator of MVC may suspend or revoke your dealer or leasing license or registration privilege for non-compliance at any time under the statutes and regulations that govern their issuance. These include but are not limited to:
  • Sales from other non-licensed locations
  • Failure to maintain records or ledgers at the licensed location
  • Misuse of temporary registration certificates
  • Misuse of re-assignment certificates
  • Failure to possess vehicle titles
  • Misuse of dealer plates (cannot be used for hire or commercial designed vehicles)





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Last Updated: May 6, 2014