How to Get a Recreational Vehicle Dealer License in Florida

By Jud Webre on Jan 2, 2017 2:47:00 PM in

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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


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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:


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


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. 


License Fees for Florida Recreational Vehicle Dealers

  • Original License Fee - $300
  • Renewal Fee - $100
  • Recreational Vehicle Protection Trust Fund Fee - $40.00


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