Drivers often opt to buy used cars instead of new vehicles; used cars can depreciate in value quickly. Dealers for most vehicles, new or used, in the state of Indiana must have a Dealer Business License. The Indiana Dealer Services Division approves and administers these licenses. It's important to note that the dealer license is just one part of the accreditation necessary to operate a used car dealership in Indiana. Various municipal, state and federal requirements may need to be met, depending on the size and type of your dealership. The Indiana Business Owner's Guide is a good place to start researching what you need to start your business.

Step 1.

Go to Indiana’s Dealer Services Division website (see Resources). This website is connected to the Indiana Secretary of State’s website.

Step 2.

Click on “Forms." You can find this listed in the menu on the left-hand side of the homepage.

Step 3.

Click on “Application for Dealer Business License — State Form 13215." Form 13215 is the application for both used or new vehicle dealer licenses.

Step 4.

Download, print and complete Form 13215. You must include your personal information, information on the types of vehicle you'll be selling and the address of your business. Your place of business must be at least 1,300 square feet and have, at minimum, a 10-car capacity. The place of business can be connected to your residence, but it must have a separate entrance and clear signage identifying it as a car dealership.

You must also include your Registered Retail Merchant Certificate (RRMC) number and your tax identification number. If you don't have these already, you can find information on getting them on the State of Indiana’s website.

Step 5.

Attach all required documents. You must attach a copy of your certificate of liability insurance. Every dealer in Indiana must have liability insurance for his dealership. You must also include photographs of the location of your dealership: Photographs should document, at minimum, the sales and storage lot, exterior advertising sign and the dealer’s office. Photographs must be at least 3 inches by 5 inches.

Step 6.

Submit your license application and attached documents and photographs to the Indiana Secretary of State Dealer Division.

Secretary of State — Dealer Division 302 West Washington Street, Room E018 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2700