In the state of Georgia, car dealers who sell new cars do not have to obtain licensing through the state beyond routine business registration. Car dealers who sell used cars must be licensed through the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers. As of October 2010, there are just over 4,000 registered used car dealerships in Georgia, according to the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers. All types of car dealers still need to apply for dealer tags in order to issue temporary license plates to customers.

Basic Licensing for All Dealers

Step 1.

Form a business entity for your dealership. File Articles of Incorporation with the secretary of state to create a corporation. Apply for a Certificate of Authority from the secretary of state to create a domestic limited liability company. Obtain the necessary forms from the secretary of state's office, or go through the online registration process.

Step 2.

Fill out Form MV-6 -- Motor Vehicle Dealer, Manufacturer, Transporter & Distributor License Plate Application -- with your dealership name and contact information. Indicate whether you are a franchise or independent dealer; franchise dealers pay a $25 annual fee in 2010. Check the "Dealer" box.

Write a check for the total amount due, based on the number of tags you are ordering, made payable to the Department of Revenue. Submit the completed application form, a copy of your business license and payment in person at 1200 Tradeport Blvd. in Hapeville, Georgia, or by mail to: Attention Special Tags Unit, Motor Vehicle Division, P.O. Box 740381, Atlanta, GA 30374-0381.

Step 3.

Apply for a state sales tax number through the Georgia Department of Revenue. Call 404-417-4490 or visit its website to receive an application.

Obtain a Used Car Dealer License

Step 1.

Complete the entire "Application for Used Motor Vehicle Dealer License" form, available from the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers. Enter your name along with the dealership name, contact information and business license information. Sign and date the application in the presence of a notary public.

Step 2.

Obtain an original copy of the dealership's insurance policy.

Step 3.

Photograph the dealership, including the office area. Include printed photographs with your application.

Step 4.

Obtain a $35,000 surety bond. Include the original bond with your application.

Step 5.

Sign up for land line phone service in the dealership's name at the dealership's physical place of business.

Step 6.

Attend a mandatory pre-licensing seminar, put on by the Georgia Board of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers. A complete list of providers is included in the application packet. Call the provider closest to you for upcoming seminar times.

Step 7.

Complete a background check, including fingerprints, through Cogent Systems (see Resources for a list of approved Cogent locations). Use ORI number GA922400Z and verification code is 922400Z

Step 8.

Write a check or money order for the full licensing fee amount. Calculate the amount due by using the fee schedule at the front of the application form.

Step 9.

Request a notarized copy of a zoning certification from your local zoning commissioner, confirming that the dealership is properly zoned.

Step 10.

Submit your completed application and all supporting paperwork to:

State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers & Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers Used Motor Vehicle Dealers Division 237 Coliseum Drive Macon, GA 31217