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7 Steps: How To Get A Colorado Dealer/Wholesale License

By Jud Webre on Mar 30, 2017 2:01:00 PM in

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The Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Board is the State licensing authority for all Colorado Dealer/Wholesale Licenses. If you plan on selling more than 3 vehicles in a year, then you will need to get a Colorado Dealer/Wholesale License.


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


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How to get a Colorado Dealer License


To get a Colorado Dealer License, you will need to: complete a license application, meet requirements, purchase a surety bond, and pay all licensing fees. The exact steps are listed below.


Step #1: Check to see if you qualify

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Have a net worth of at least $100,000
  • Have a vantage score of at least 701 through Experian
  • Pass a criminal background check, or provide supporting court documents if you have been convicted of a felony or misdeanor


Step #2: Complete Colorado Dealer Application


Step #3: Complete Requirements

An application for a Colorado Dealer/Wholesale License must include the following information:

*Get your licensing training from Colorado IADA (Colorado Independent Auto Dealer Association) by calling 303-239-8000


The following information might be also be applicable:

  • Certificate of Good Standing from Colorado Secretary of State
  • Constituent filed document
  • Bylaws/Operating agreement 
  • Trade name
  • A copy of your lease
  • Franchise agreement


For detailed information on how to complete the above information, you can visit the Colorado Dealer and Wholesaler page at the CO Department of Revenue site. 


If you have any questions, contact the Auto Industry Division at 303-205-5604.



Step #4: Purchase $50,000 Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond


Free Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Quotes


A Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer bond protects your clients from dishonest or unethical actions during a business transaction. You must have a CO Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond before you can get a Colorado Dealer License.


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


The state of Colorado has set the bond amount at $50,000. This is not the price you'll pay for your bond, though. Instead, you will pay just a small portion. Those with good credit might only need to pay $500 for their CO MVD Bond.


Step #5: Pay licensing fees

  • Original Dealer/Wholesaler License: $455

Need more information about the fees? View License Fee Schedule.


Step #6: Mail paperwork 

Include your CO Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond, plus licensing fee to the address below:

Department of Revenue
Auto Industry Division
1881 Pierce St., #112
Lakewood, CO 80216


**Note: All documents shall be on 8.5" x 11" size paper. Do not submit double sided copies. Do not staple. Do not submit legal-size copies. 


Step #7: Wait on decision 

Upon approval, you will be mailed your Colorado Dealer/Wholesale License.


Any license issued by the Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Board may be denied, suspended, or revoked if a material misstatement is made in an application for a license.


A “Material Misstatement” means any false or misleading statement, omission, or misrepresentation regarding personal identification information, employment history, prior occupational licensing history, criminal background and history, including filings, indictments, municipal, misdemeanor, and/or felony convictions and deferred judgments.


Colorado Dealer/Wholesale Dealer License Period


The License period is one year long and runs from July 1st through June 30th.


All licenses expire on June 30th regardless of when your license was issued. Therefore, apply or renew your license at the appropriate time every year to maximize the licensing period.


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