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Application Requirements for Vehicle Distributor License



Application Requirements for Vehicle Distributor License

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Distributor Licensing Information

See Occupational Licensure Product List (PDF) for product types that currently require and Occupational License.

Distributor Original License Forms and Fees


An application for a vehicle distributor license consists of the following forms:

The following documents are also required as part of the application package:

  1. Brochure or drawing of the manufactured product (include name of product and the following).
    • A 17-digit VIN or VIN sample configuration from the Society of Automotive Engineers. If this is a new product to California, provide a copy of the assignment of ID and testing approval or waiver from the National Highway Transportation Association.
    • A copy of the California Air Resources Executive Order (required for engine powered products).
  2. List of authorized or enfranchised dealers; enfranchised auto/commercial and motorcycle dealers are appointed on Form OL 124, Certificate of Proposed Franchise . All other authorizations must be on company letterhead and signed by a person listed in the application documents.
  3. Letter of appointment from manufacturer.
  4. Photograph(s) of business location, refer to Photograph Procedures.
  5. Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Limited Liability Partnership owned businesses only: A copy of Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Minutes or other document filed with the Secretary of State, which identifies the officers, shareholders and managers with an interest in the business is required.
  6. If your firm is incorporated in a state other than California, provide:
    • Articles of incorporation.
    • Certification from incorporating state's Secretary of State the corporation is in good standing.
  7. If your firm is located in the state of California the following is required:
    • Copy of City and/or County Business License
    • Copy of Fictitious Name Statement
    • Copy of lease or rental agreement

List of authorized representatives. All representatives must apply for a license.

Original Licensing Fees

The fees to become a licensed vehicle distributor are:

  • $100 Non-refundable application fee
  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $50 For each branch location (if applicable)
  • $87 For each auto plate and $89 for each motorcycle plate (plus county fees, if applicable).
  • $32 For each person submitting ADM 1316, Fingerprint Card (out-of-state applicants only)

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications.

Distributor Licensing Renewal Forms and Fees



  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $86 Renewal application fee
  • $87 For each auto plate and $89 for each motorcycle plate (plus county fees, if applicable)

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications

Distributor License Modification Forms and Fees



  • $50 Name change
  • $50 Address change
  • $50 Add a branch
  • $70 Officer Change

Distributor Licensing Authority

California Vehicle Code. Sections 29, 296, 297, 320 (a), 3000 et seq., and 11700 et seq. The California Vehicle Code is available for purchase from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

California Code of Regulations. Title 13, Chapter 1.

Government Code. Section 6157 (a) - (d).

Application Questions and Submission Information

Please refer to the Distributor Handbook.


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