According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a recreational vehicle is “a recreational vehicle-type unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or another travel use, which either has its own motive power or is mounted on or drawn by a vehicle.”
If you plan on dealing more than 1 recreational vehicles to the public, you will need to get a Florida Recreational Vehicle Dealer License.
Types of Florida Recreational Dealer Licenses
- New Recreational Vehicle Dealer (RV): Allows the licensee to sell new and used recreational vehicles.
- Used Recreational Vehicle Dealer (RU): Allows the licensee to sell only used 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
Step #1: Complete Application for Recreational Vehicle Dealer
Step #2: Make out a check payable to the DHSMV in the amount of $340
Step #3: Purchase a $10,000 Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond
Not sure how to get a Florida Auto Dealer Bond? Use this interactive tool to help you out.
Step #4: 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 #5: 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:
- Advanced Dealer Training Institute
Telephone: 561-791-9511 and 1-888-791-9511
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Automotive Industry Center for Excellence, LLC., (AICE)
Telephone Registration: 1-866-930-4577
E-mail address: email@example.com
- Florida Auto Dealer School
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step #6: 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 #7: Mail all paperwork listed on the Florida Dealer License Application
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.
License Fees for Florida Recreational Vehicle Dealers
- Original License Fee - $300
- Renewal Fee - $100
- Recreational Vehicle Protection Trust Fund Fee - $40.00
Additional Registration Help
- Check out the Florida Recreational Dealer License Handbook