how to get an idaho car dealer license

An Idaho Car Dealer License is required when any person sells five or more vehicles/vessels per calendar year. Note that you are allowed to sell up to five vehicles per year, as long as those vehicles are titled in your name and used primarily for personal, family, or household use.

If you plan to flip vehicles for a profit in Idaho, you will need to get an Idaho Dealer License.

Not sure if you need a dealer license? Check out this post on selling cars without a license.

Short on time? Read our Motor Vehicle Dealer License FAQ

How to get an Idaho Dealer License


Step #1: Complete Idaho Dealer License Application

The Idaho Department of Transportation – Dealer Services licenses all new dealers. 

It is recommended that you contact Dealer Services at 208-334-8681 to make sure your business name is not taken.

You will need to include an application fee of $190 and an additional $20.74 for dealer plates. If you have any additional lots you will need to include $44 per lot.

Other requirements include paying towards the Idaho Consumer Asset Recovery Fund (ICAR), building and zoning compliance, and submitting an EIN number from the federal government. 

Step #2: Complete Pre-Licensing Education

All new applicants for used only and wholesale dealership licenses must attend an 8-hour pre-licensing class and pass a closed book test.

Confirmation that you attended the class and passed the test must be shown to the Department before you can be issued an Idaho Dealer License. 

Contact Idaho State Independent Automobile Dealers Association at 208-463-7709 or 800-950-8227 for more information.

Step #3: Purchase Idaho Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Bond

Not sure how to get an Auto Dealer Bond? Use this interactive tool to help you out.

In Idaho, the car dealer bond amounts are as follows:

  • New and used vehicle dealers: $20,000 bond
  • Motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile dealers: $10,000 bond
  • Wholesale dealers: $40,000 bond

The price you pay for your bond is based on personal credit. You might pay anywhere from 1-15% of the total bond amount. This is a one-time payment, not monthly.

You can get an exact quote below:

About the Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond
An Idaho Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond, (also known as an Auto Dealer Bond or Car Dealer Bond) promises that you will follow all federal, state, and local laws. If you fail to do so, someone can make a claim on your bond.
A Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond is not the same as insurance. It also does not protect you; it protects your customers. It is a requirement to get licensed.


Step #4: Submit Application and get Dealership Inspected

Lastly, submit your application and paperwork to the Idaho Department of Transportation.

Once your application is approved, the Dealer Licensing Unit will assign a Motor Vehicle Dealer Investigator to inspect your place of business. Upon approval of your inspection, you will be issued a temporary Idaho Dealer License.

A permanent license will be issued pending a successful 90-day follow up audit by a Motor Vehicle Investigator. 

For more information, including links to forms, visit the Idaho Dept of Transportation licensing webpage, click on the “Vehicle Dealers” tab.

License Expiration and Renewal

Idaho Dealer License expire one year after the date they are issued. The cost to renew your dealer license is $175.

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

Related Links:

How To Get An Auto Dealer Bond

Motor Vehicle Dealer License FAQ

Idaho Increases Bond Amount for Wholesale Auto Dealers

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