Indiana dealer license

The Indiana Secretary of State licenses all Indiana car dealers. You are legally allowed to sell up to 12 vehicles in a year, as long as those vehicles are registered in your name and used primarily for personal, family, or household use.

If you wish to flip vehicles for a profit, you will need to get a license.

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

How to get an Indiana Dealer License

Step #1: Complete Indiana Dealer License Application

You can find the application and some helpful instructions at the Indiana Secretary of State website.

View Indiana Dealer License Application


Step #2: Get a criminal background check

You must submit with your application a National Criminal History Background Check. 

The background check must be no more than 60 days old.

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

Step #3: Purchase a $25,000 Indiana Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

An Indiana Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond is a type of surety bond that promises you will follow all rules and regulations. If you fail to follow rules and regulations, someone can make a claim against your surety bond.

The bond amount is set at $25,000.

The price you pay for your bond will be between $250-$3,750.

See what you’d pay for a bond. Get a free quote.

The best way to see what you’d pay for a bond is to get a free quote. Surety Solutions offers free quotes. Bad credit is okay!

Free Indiana Car Dealer Bond Quotes

Step #4: Purchase insurance

Indiana requires that you have the following insurance:

  • $100,000 bodily injury to one person
  • $300,000 bodily injury for each accident
  • $50,000 property damage

You can purchase insurance from any insurance company. 

Step #5: Provide last requirements

Your license application might require other requirements depending on what types of vehicles you plan to sell. 

New and used vehicle dealers must provide proof of an established place of business.

View full list of requirements. 

Step #6: Submit paperwork

After compiling all of these, send the documents to:

Office of the Indiana Secretary of State
Auto Dealer Services Division
302 W. Washington St. Room E-018.
Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Include a $30 licensing fee when submitting paperwork.
For more information, view the Indiana Dealer Licensing Brochure. 

License Expiration and Renewal

Indiana has a new online dealer services system. For information on the service system and licensing renewal, click here.

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