Florida Dealer License

To find out how to get an Florida Dealer License, you can call the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at 850-617-3003 or follow these step by step Florida Dealer License instructions.

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Download Florida Dealer License Application

In order for you to start your application process of a Florida Dealer License, you must download a Florida Dealer License Application Form HSMV 86056. You can call 850-617-3003 to have Florida Dealer License Application Form HSMV 86056 mailed to you or you can download your Florida Dealer License Application here

Business Building

You must have a business building before you are granted a Florida Dealer License. You must have an office with appropriate office furniture. Your business location cannot be a residence. You must store all of your official Florida Dealers License records at this location. You will need to keep records of all sales and be ready to produce these records to any official with the State of Florida that is conducting an official records inspection. You may have your Dealer License records inspected at any time and the records must be located at your business at all times. You must prove to the state that you own or lease the business. Proof of ownership or a copy of your lease must be provided with your Florida Dealer License Application. You dealership must be the primary business at your licensed location.

Florida Dealer Surety Bond or Letter of Credit for $25,000

You must provide the State of Florida with a Florida Dealer Surety bond in the amount of $25,000 or an irrevocable letter of credit before obtaining your Florida Dealer License. Dealer bonds and irrevocable letters of credit are designed to protect Florida motor vehicle buyers from fraudulent dealers. If you are a dishonest Florida dealer your customers can file a financial claim against your Florida dealer bond or irrevocable letter of credit. If you operate your Florida dealership with the highest ethical standards and disclose all mechanical flaws to your customers before the sale, you should never have to worry about financial claims against your Florida Dealer bond or irrevocable letter of credit.

Florida Dealer Garage Insurance Policy

Before you are granted a Florida Dealer License, you must show the State of Florida that you have an active Florida Dealer Garage Insurance Policy. Florida Dealer insurance will protect your customers when they are taking your demonstration units for a test drive. It is a very specialized insurance that must be carried by every Florida Dealer. If you are a non franchised Florida dealer selling used vehicles you will need $25,000 combined single limit coverage, $25,000 property damage coverage, and $10,000 personal injury protection. If you are a franchised Florida Dealer selling new motor vehicles you will need $25,000 combined single limit liability coverage including bodily injury and property damage with $10,000 of personal injury protection. Obtain your Florida Dealer Insurance by clicking here.

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Register Your Business Name With the Florida Secretary of States Office

Before you are issued a Florida Dealers License you must register your business name with the Florida Secretary of States Division of Corporations. The Florida Secretary of State wants to know every business that is operating within the State of Florida. You may file articles of incorporation or just do a simple fictitious name registration. Be sure to consult with an attorney that specializes in Florida Motor Vehicle laws to find out what type of business registration is best for your dealership. You can file your business names at www.sunbiz.org. Be sure to include proof of registration with your Florida Dealer License Application packet. If you incorporate your Florida dealership you must include the Florida Articles of Incorporation with your FL Dealer License application packet.

Attend Florida Dealer Educational Seminar

All dealers must attend the state mandated Florida Dealer Educational course before you are granted a Florida Dealer License. The Florida Dealer Class is a two day course that will last a total of 16 hours. In your Florida Dealer Class you will learn about Florida motor vehicle dealer laws, Federal dealer compliance, how to report sales, etc. Approved Florida Dealer License providers are listed below. Be sure to include your FL Dealer Class Certificate of Completion in your dealer application packet.

Approved Florida Dealer License Educational Providers

Advanced Dealer Training Institute
1656 Linda Lou Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33415

Florida Auto Dealer School
6822 22nd Avenue North, PMB # 117
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

Dealer Consulting Services, Inc.
7537 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33150
Fast Compliance, LLC
6000 Metro West Blvd. Suite 200 Online Classes only
Orlando, Florida 32835

Florida Dealer Schools, Inc.
7880 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 304
Sunrise, Florida 33351
Sunrise: 954-615-2332
Tampa: 813-322-3790
West Palm Beach: 561-961-1465
Orlando: 407-648-4030

Florida Sales Tax Number

You must apply for and obtain a Florida Sales Tax Number before you obtain your Florida Dealer License. You can download complete Florida Sales Tax instructions here.

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Federal Tax Identification Number

You show the State of Florida that you have a Federal Tax ID Number. Applying for a Federal Tax Identification Number is free and can be done at www.taxformw9.com. Be sure to include your Federal Tax Identification Number with your Florida Dealer Application

Federal Compliance Issues

The State of Florida requires you to follow all Federal Dealer Compliance issues. Learn about important Federal Compliance in your ADTA Dealer Ethics, Profit, and Compliance manual.


You must submit fingerprint cards before you get your Florida Dealers License. The State of Florida wants to make sure you have no substantial criminal history before you obtain an FL Dealers License. You can obtain fingerprint cards at any Florida Department of Motor Vehicles office. Click here to locate a Florida DMV Office near you.

Proper Florida Dealer License Fees

The State of Florida charges Florida dealers to pay a $300 Florida State Dealer License fee for each main location. You should call 850-617-3003 before sending in your Dealer Application to make sure you are writing your check for the correct amount. Incorrect fees can lead to extensive delays in obtaining your Florida license. Make you checks payable to DHSMV.

Mail FL Dealer License Application Packet

When you have completed all the steps above be sure to call 850-617-3003 to make sure you are including all the correct documents and license fees.  Then mail your completed Florida Dealer License Application, license fees, original surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit, copy of proof of ownership or lease, copy of Florida dealer training certificate of completion, copy of fictitious name registration and/or articles of incorporation, copy of corporate papers if incorporated, Florida sales tax number, Federal Tax ID number, and fingerprint cards to:

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Dealer Licensing Section MS 65
Neil Kirkman Building A312
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399

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Florida Dealer License Forms

Download Florida Dealer Application
Download $25,000 Bond Application
Florida Irrevocable Letter of Credit

Step by Step Florida Dealer Licensing Instructions

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