Before your business can sell a recreational vehicle, you must have an RV dealer license. While each state has its own requirements and fees and may require you to specify if selling new or used vehicles, there are a number of general criteria you must meet in order to be approved for your RV dealer license.

Things You Will Need
  • Lease or proof of ownership of establishment

  • Articles of incorporation

  • Sales tax permit

  • Federal tax ID

Collect all of your business documents related to the establishment of your business. This includes a sales tax permit, federal tax ID, a copy of business registration and/or trade name, and a copy of corporate papers, such as articles of incorporation or organization (for a limited liability company) or a partnership agreement.

Obtain proof of ownership of your business locale, such as a lease. Ensure that your display lot is in accordance with local laws and that your location has been properly zoned. Have your business inspected.

Obtain a copy of your liability insurance and/or a surety bond in the amount specified by your state’s department of transportation.

Obtain proof that your salesperson (this may be you) is licensed or registered to sell recreational vehicles.

Undergo a dealer training course, if required by your state. Enclose a copy of the completion certificate.

Fill out the application for an RV dealer’s license. The application will include information on the name and physical address of the dealership, other types of vehicles that your business sells and owner’s information.

Attach the paperwork from steps 1 through 5 to your application. Include a check or money for the specified amount and submit to your department of transportation.


Some states require you to submit to fingerprinting.