Vehicle dealers in Colorado are required to apply for a license before conducting business.
The State of Colorado Department of Revenue, Enforcement Division is responsible for compliance of state motor vehicle dealer licensing laws, rules and regulations. The Enforcement Division is tasked with licensing of all franchised and used motor vehicle dealers (includes motorcycles), recreational vehicle dealers (which includes- camping trailers, fifth wheel trailers, motor homes, recreational park trailers, travel trailers, and truck campers), franchise power sport vehicle dealer, wholesale power sport vehicle dealer, and wholesale motor vehicle dealer, wholesale auction motor vehicle dealer.
The Colorado Regulation Statutes Title 12 Chapter 6 Section 101 provides details on motor vehicle dealer licenses.
The following is required for licensure:
1. Complete a motor vehicle dealer license application and the Dealer/Wholesale License Application Addendum (for each owner, partner, LLC member, corporate stock holder, director, manager, or officer).
2. Pay the applicable license fee.
3. Provide a copy of the Pre-Licensing Education Certificate (not applicable to motor vehicle dealers, used motor vehicle dealers, wholesalers, & wholesale motor vehicle auction dealer’s that have held a license within the last 3 years and any powersports vehicle dealer).
4. Have a credit Vantage score of 701 (Experian) or greater for each applicant.
5. Complete the “Affidavit – Restrictions on Public Benefits.”
6. Submit a Business Plan that describes staffing, hours of operation, estimated sales, overhead costs, financing, etc.
7. Provide a copy of the Certificate of Good Standing obtained from the Colorado Secretary of State (if applicable) and a Certificate of Assumed if using a trade name.
8. Provide a copy of the Franchise Agreement (if applicable).
9. Provide a copy of business property lease and take photographs of the location.
10. Complete the Dealer/Wholesaler Plate Affidavit.
11. Provide copies of Operating Agreements and or Bylaws (if applicable).
12. Provide a copy of your Sales Tax License.
13. Provide a copy of the Constituent Filed Document (if applicable).
14. Obtain a $50,000 surety bond for dealer and wholesaler. A $5,000 surety bond is required for small trailer dealers (with a weight less than 2,000 pounds). The bond must have the full legal name and dba indicated as the principal. The original bond must be signed by the owner, partner, officer or LLC member.
15. Complete a Statement of Financial Condition for each owner, corporate member, partner, or LLC member.
16. Have a minimum business net worth of at least $100,000.
Premiums for Colorado motor vehicle dealer license bonds are dependent on credit.
Persons who have been convicted of a felony with the last 10 years will not be issued a Colorado motor vehicle dealer license.