WA State Licensing: Miscellaneous vehicle dealer

Miscellaneous vehicle dealer

Who needs a license

Businesses must have a miscellaneous vehicle dealer license to sell the following items at wholesale or retail:

  • Motorcycles
  • Neighborhood electric vehicles
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Utility, boat, tent, and horse trailers
  • Any vehicles other than motor vehicles, mobile homes, or travel trailers

If you don’t have a dealer license, it’s illegal to:

  • Sell more than four 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:

  • Comply with all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land-use ordinances. For more information, please contact your city or county directly.
  • Be located at a commercial property with an enclosed building.
  • Have a permanent sign with the business name and the type of business (such as Auto Sales).
  • Have an operating telecommunications system and a phone number listed in directory assistance.
  • Be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. five days per week. These hours are referred to as “normal business hours.” Additional hours and days of operation may be added at your discretion. You must prominently post the hours of operation at the main entrance doors.
  • Have an area to maintain books, records, and files at the business site. If two or more vehicle dealer businesses share a location, all records, office facilities, and inventory must be physically separated and clearly identified.

Licensing requirements

To get a license, you must have all of the following:

  1. $5,000 bond. Bonds are available through many insurance companies. We recommend you research the cost of your bond before you apply for a license.
  2. 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 one year.
  3. The following completed forms:


All retail vehicle dealers are required to use the E–Permitting system. Find out more about E–Permitting.


Post your license

A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required endorsement(s).


After you receive your license

  • You'll need a contract with us if you want to search vehicle registration information.

How to apply

Mail all of the application materials listed above with the appropriate fee to:

  • State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Note: Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.


Specialty endorsement Fee
Miscellaneous vehicle dealer license$975
Plate, decal, and certificate fees Fee
Dealer plate—miscellaneous vehicles (except motorcycles) $50.75 each
Dealer plate—miscellaneous vehicles (motorcycles) $44.75 each
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.

It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

Department of Licensing
Phone: 360-664-6466