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Application Requirements for Vehicle Manufacturer License



Application Requirements for Vehicle Manufacturer License

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

Manufacturer License Forms and Fees

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

  1. Brochure or drawing of the manufactured product (include name).
  2. List of 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. Photograph(s) of business location, refer to Photograph Produres.
  4. Provide a 17-digit VIN number 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. This may be required for auto/commercial and motorcycle classes.
  5. A copy of the California Air Resources Board Executive Order (required for engine powered products).
  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.

Manufacturer's Certificate/Statement of Origin

The Manufacturer's Certificate/Statement of Origin (MCO/MSO) may be prepared at a factory, an assembly plant, or a business authorized by the manufacturer. All MCO/MSO's except those for off-road equipment, should be produced in an identical format, and must include:

  • The manufacturer's name and address.
  • The make, identification number, body type, year model, and vehicle series or model name.
  • The date and to whom the ownership was transferred from the manufacturer and the signature of the manufacturer's agent (a signature stamp is acceptable).

Related contact for prospective manufactures seeking guidance on obtaining MCO or MSO documents:

Vehicle Identification Number

Society of Automotive Engineers
400 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15096-0001
Telephone: (877) 606-7323
Website (key in WMI/VIN in Search)

Original Application Fees

  • $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.

Vehicle Representative

A manufacture may also have a representative. CCR Title 13, Section 252.20 (h)

Manufacturer License Renewal Forms and Fees



  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $85 Renewal application fee
  • $87 For each auto plate and $89 for each motorcycle plate (plus county fees, if applicable)
  • $85 Renewal of branch location (each location)

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

Manufacturer License Modification Forms and Fees



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

Vehicle Manufacturer Licensing Authority

California Vehicle Code. Sections 29, 320 (a), 389, 672, 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

If you have general licensing questions please call (916) 229-3154.

Application packages for vehicle manufacturers are submitted to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Occupational Licensing Section
P.O. Box 932342 MS L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

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