florida recreational dealer license

There are six Florida license types. All vehicle dealer licenses are administered and regulated through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

There are two license types for recreational vehicle dealers. They are:

  • New Recreational Vehicle Dealer License (RV): allows the dealer to sell new and used recreational vehicles.
  • Used Recreational Vehicle Dealer License (RU): allows the dealer to sell only new recreational vehicles.

For a full list of dealer license types, view the Florida Recreational Dealer Handbook.

How to get a Florida Recreational Vehicle Dealer License



Before entering the business of selling motor vehicles, you must have a dealership site approved by a Division of Motorist Services Regional Office.

Address and contact information here.

Upon approval of the site by the Regional Office Compliance Examiner/Officer, you will be eligible to move forward.

Step #1: Complete Application for Recreational Vehicle Dealer

View Recreational Vehicle Dealer License application.

Step #2: Purchase a $10,000 Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

A Florida Recreational Dealer Bond is a type of surety bond.

You will not have to pay $10,000 for your bond.

You will pay somewhere between 1-15% of the total bond amount, so $100 – $1,750.

The best way to see what you would pay for your Florida Recreational Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond is to get a free quote:

Get a free Florida Dealer Bond quote

Step #3: Provide Other Paperwork

  • Copy of garage liability insurance
  • Copy of lease or proof of ownership
  • Copy of business registration
  • Copy of corporate papers/articles of incorporation
  • Sales tax number
  • Federal Employer Identification number

For a complete list of requirements, view the General Requirements List.

Step #4: Take Dealer Training Course

This class is a requirement before you can get your Florida Recreational Dealer License. It is offered by the following dealer training schools:

Step #5: Take Fingerprints

Worried about a previous felony or conviction? Check out this post on “Getting a Dealer License with a Felony”

Fingerprints cost $54.25 per person.

Step #6: Pay Licensing Fees

Make out a check payable to the DHSMV in the amount of $340

The $340 fee is for application fee ($300) and annual fee ($40) to the Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Trust Fund.

Step #7: Submit

Mail all paperwork listed on the Florida Dealer License Application, plus fees and your original surety bond to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Upon approval, you’ll receive your newly issued Florida Recreational Dealer License in the mail within a month.

For more information on how to get a Florida Dealer License, view Florida’s license requirements and steps.

Licensing Periods

All Florida Recreational Dealer Licenses are only valid for a maximum period of one year. The period runs from October 1-September 30th every year.

If you get approved for a license near the end of the license period, it will still expire on September 30th. 

This expiration date should not be confused with the expiration date for other Florida Dealer Licenses. Used motor vehicle dealer licenses expire on April 30th, franchise vehicle dealer license expire on December 30th.


Additional Registration Help

View our FREE EBOOK: “The Ultimate Guide To Car Dealer Licensing”

Related Articles:

How To Get a Florida Used Car Dealer License 

How To Get a Florida Franchise Motor Vehicle Dealer License

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