The enclosed is furnished in response to your request for an application for a motor vehicle dealer’s license. It is essential that the instructions contained in this letter and in the application form be followed in detail in order to ensure timely processing of your application. All applications must be typewritten or legibly printed. Incomplete applications will be returned to applicant.
Item #1 - Refers to the type of license required. (See attached definitions of licenses.) A dealer may require more than one license depending upon the scope of his/her business. For example, a franchised new motor vehicle dealer who also leases vehicles would place a mark in the bracket next to “New Motor Vehicle Dealer” and in the bracket next to “Motor Vehicle Leasing Dealer.” The fee in this case would be two hundred dollars ($400.00).
- A dealer who sells an operable, road-worthy used motor vehicle, which is on a regular or rebuilt title, must have a “Used” or “Wholesale” motor vehicle dealer license. If that dealer also dismantles, salvages, or recycles salvage vehicles for the purpose of harvesting used parts, components, assemblies, and recyclable materials for resale, reuse, or reclamation, he/she must also have the “Restricted/Automotive Recycling Dealer” license, in addition to the other license(s).
- A dealer who sells vehicles with regular or rebuilt titles, and who also dismantles, salvages, or recycles salvage vehicles for the purpose of harvesting used parts, components, assemblies, and recyclable materials for resale, reuse, or reclamation, must have both endorsements on the license, if he/she carries on both activities at the same location. If he/she sells motor vehicles from one lot and recycles vehicles to harvest parts at another, a separate license must be obtained for each location.
Item #2 – Revenue Cabinet sales tax permit number may be obtained by visiting or writing the Revenue Cabinet at 501 High Street, Frankfort, Kentucky. The telephone number for that office is (502) 564-3306.
Item #3 – The trade name under which the dealership will be operated must incorporate the words “used cars,” “auto sales,” “auto mart,” “motor sales,” or other similar wording which clearly identifies the business as a motor vehicle sales business. This trade name must be the exact wording as that listed on the dealership sign (retail only) and on your insurance filing. It is much simpler for you to operate under your own name (such as John B. Jones Auto Sales). However, if you wish to use an assumed name, you must provide the following: (A) Sole proprietor applicants wishing to operate under an assumed name must submit a certified copy of an assumed name certificate (the certification is performed by the county clerk and the form is included in this application package on Page 6), (B) All corporations and partnerships wishing to operate under an assumed name must file an assumed name certificate with the Office of the Secretary of State (telephone number 502-564-3490) and with the county clerk and furnish a copy with your application to this office along with Articles of Incorporation. The form to be used is page 6A.
Item #4 – List the name(s) and percentage(s) of ownership of each owner, partner, or corporate officer.
Item #5 – The address of the established place of business must identify the exact location of the business and must
also have a mail drop. “Established place of business,” as defined in Chapter 190 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes means: “A permanent, enclosed, commercial building located within this state easily accessible and open to the public at all reasonable times, and at which the business of a vehicle dealer, including the display and repair of vehicles, may be lawfully carried on in accordance with the terms of all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land use regulatory ordinances.”
Item #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10 – Self-Explanatory.
Pages 2 and 2A -Financial Statement. Complete the financial statement in detail, as accurately and as completely as possible. Improperly completed statements will cause a delay in approving the license or may lead to a bond requirement or denial. Listing liabilities is as important as listing assets. If there are no liabilities, supply a seperate statement to that effect. In addition to the financial statement, the applicant may be required to post a bond in any amount up to one million dollars ($1,000,000.00). Note: It is very important to complete
the financial statements as accurately and completely as possible. Improperly
completed statements can cause a delay in approving
your license or may lead to a bond
requirement. Listing liabilities is as important as listing assets. Applicants
must demonstrate a minimum of $100,000 of liquid
assets and/or $50,000 unencumbered cash
in the business as well as $50,000 unencumbered motor vehicle inventory as
acceptable. The Commission would
accept unencumbered real estate, owned
by the applicant, as at least a part of the acceptable means of achieving the
minimum assets. Commercial bonds
will be required for the difference of
shortfall on the cash, inventory and/or real estate meeting the $100,000
Page 3 - Make sure submitted photos are in color and of good quality. Wholesale applicants may omit photo of the sign.
Pages 4 and 4A - The Personal Data Form and Waiver Release form may be reproduced, if required, for additional partners or corporate officers
Page 5 - Drawing of the premises. Provide a small hand done drawing of the office in connection to the display lot also showing the nearest roadway.
Page 6, 6a, 6b, 7, 8 – Self-Explanatory.
Page 9 - Only those applicants for the Restricted/Automotive Recycling Dealer License need to provide the information specified on this page.
Additionally, the dealer license fee(s), salespersons license fee(s), and insurance are not required prior to approval of your application.
The salesperson license(s) will be provided to you by the Motor Vehicle Commission upon receipt of your application. Each license should be legibly printed, and there is a $40 fee for each license. Each different type of dealer license requires salespersons to be licensed, except if restricted/recycling only. All owners/partners of a dealership are also required to be licensed as salespersons.
Seperation of Facilities – If you or any other person conducts another business from the location for which the dealer license is used or applied for, your display lot/customer parking area must be separate and apart from what is used for the other business. There must be a physical barrier that doesnt allow flow through traffic. Your office need not be a separate walled enclosure, but it must be a separate defined area with office furnishings.
A dealer who operates at more than one location must have a dealer license for each location. This includes separate building franchises.
Upon completion of the application, mail it to this office with a processing fee of one hundred seventy five dollars ($175.00); in addition, enclose another fee of twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each owner, partner, or corporate officer listed on Page 1 of the application to conduct a criminal background check. Make all checks payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer”, cash will NOT be accepted and will be mailed back. Each application will be reviewed to determine completeness. The Motor Vehicle Commission meets once a month and applicants will be notified by mail of the Commission’s decision.
Note: Your application must be received at least ten (10) working days prior to the Commission Meeting at which it is to be considered. This does not include the day of the meeting, weekends or holidays. The Commission meets the second Friday of each month, but may be changed due to holidays or bad weather. For an application cut-off date, please call our office at (502) 573-1000.
- New Motor Vehicle Dealer – A vehicle dealer who holds a valid sales and service agreement, franchise, or contract, granted by the manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler for the sale of manufacturer’s new motor vehicles.
- Used Motor Vehicle Dealer – Any person engaged in the business of selling at retail, displaying, offering for sale or dealing in used motor vehicles, but does not mean any person engaged in the business of dismantling, salvaging, or rebuilding motor vehicles by means of using parts.
- Motor Vehicle Leasing Dealer – Any person engaged in the business of regularly making available, offering to make available, or arranging for another person to use a motor vehicle pursuant to a bailment, lease, or other contractual arrangement under which a charge is made for its use at a periodic rate for at least a monthly term, and title to the motor vehicle is in the name of a person other than the user, but does not mean a manufacturer or its affiliate leasing to its employees or to dealers.
- Supplemental Lot – A supplemental lot license is for new vehicle dealers only and is for the purpose of selling used vehicle inventory.
- Wholesale Motor Vehicle Dealer – A dealer who sells to other licensed dealers only. Retail sales to the general public are prohibited.
- Motor Vehicle Auction Dealer – Any person primarily engaged in the business of offering, negotiating, or attempting to negotiate a sales, purchase, or exchange of a motor vehicle through auction
- Automotive Mobility Vehicle Dealer – One who is engaged in the business of selling at retail, displaying, offering for sale, or otherwise dealing in new or used motor vehicles which are specially designed or permanently modified for use by aging or disabled persons.
- Motor Vehicle Salesperson – Any person who is employed as a salesperson by a motor vehicle dealer to sell motor vehicles or who is employed as an auctioneer by a motor vehicle auction dealer to sell motor vehicles at auction.
- Assumed Name Certificate – The certificate on Page 6 is required of any sole proprietorship doing business under any name other than the one which uses the last name of the owner. Partnerships or corporations are to use the assumed name certificate on Page 6A.
- Restricted Dealer/Mobility Dealer – A motor vehicle dealer who exclusively sells, offers to sell, solicits, or advertises specialized motor vehicles such as, but not limited to, funeral coaches and emergency vehicles.
- Restricted/Automotive Recycling Dealer – Any person engaged in the business of dismantling, salvaging, or recycling salvage vehicles for the purpose of harvesting used parts, components, assemblies, and recyclable materials for resale, reuse, or reclamation.
- Motorcycle Dealer – A motor vehicle dealer who exclusively sells, offers to sell, solicits, or advertises motorcycles.
- Recreational Camper Dealer - Anyone who engages in the business of selling, offering for sale or otherwise dealing in "recreational vehicles" which includes travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, folding camping trailers and on road drivable r.v.'s.
- Established Place of Business – A permanent, enclosed commercial building located within this state easily accessible and open to the public at all reasonable times, at which the business of a motor vehicle dealer, including the display and repair of vehicles, may be lawfully carried out in accordance with the terms of all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land use regulatory ordinances.