Dealer Information

Summary of Dealer Types

Basic information about the types of licenses issued and regulated by the Business Licensing and Consumer Services Unit (BL&CS) can be found below.  Different transactions are possible and different fees apply for each type of license.  More information about each license type can be found in the appropriate infoMVA process description.

Note that sellers of low speed vehicles will be licensed as either new or used vehicle dealers, as appropriate.

Types of Busi​ness Licenses

License Type

Description

Licensing Process

New Vehicle Dealer

Sells new vehicles under a franchise agreement with a licensed manufacturer or distributor. A location suitable for retail sales is required.

Dealer - License to Sell New Vehicles

Used Vehicle Dealer

Sells used vehicles to the public and other dealers. A physical location suitable for retail sales from which the sales are conducted is required. Vehicle sales must be the principal or only business conducted at that location.

Dealer - License to Sell Used Vehicles

Wholesale Dealer

Buys, sells, and exchanges used vehicles with other dealers. May purchase vehicles from the public. MAY NOT SELL TO THE RETAIL PUBLIC. Location may be an office only.
Note: Charities that accept donated vehicles for resale to a dealer must have a wholesale dealer's license. If the charity wants to sell the donated vehicle to the public, a used vehicle dealer's license is also required.

Dealer - License for Wholesale Vehicle Dealer

Motorcycle Dealer

Sells new motorcycles under a franchise agreement with a license manufacturer or distributor. May be licensed to sell only used motorcycles. A location suitable for retail sales is required.

Dealer - License to Sell Motorcycles

Emergency Vehicle Dealer

Sells new emergency vehicles under a franchise agreement with a licensed manufacturer or distributor. Location may be an office only.

Dealer - License to Sell Emergency Vehicles

Trailer Dealer

  • Boat
  • Under 15'
  • Over 15'

Sells new trailers under a franchise agreement with a licensed manufacturer or distributor. May be licensed to sell only used trailers. A location suitable for retail sales is required.

Dealer - License to Sell Trailers

Title Service Agent

Transports MVA paperwork and fees to and from MVA offices for customers. Some Title Service Agents process the documents from their office electronically.

Dealer - Licenses for Title Service Agent

Manufacturer

A manufacturer of a new vehicle constructed in the United States. Licensee does not have to be located in Maryland.

Dealer - License for Manufacturers and Distributors

2nd Stage Manufacturer

A manufacturer of a new two-stage vehicle completed in the United States. Licensee does not have to be located in Maryland.

Dealer - License for Manufacturers and Distributors

Distributor

An authorized importer of new vehicles manufactured or assembled outside the United States who may enter into franchise contracts with dealers. Licensee does not have to be located in Maryland.

Dealer - License for Manufacturers and Distributors

Automotive Dismantler & Recycler

Acquires vehicles to dismantle, destroy, or scrap for the sale of their parts and materials. A location suitable for sales and storage is required.

Dealer - License for Automotive Dismantler & Recycler or Scrap Processor

Scrap Processor

Has facilities to process vehicle scrap for resmelting purposes.

Dealer - License for Automotive Dismantler & Recycler or Scrap Processor

Salesman

Sells or attempts to induce the sale of vehicles. Is employed by licensed vehicle dealer.

Dealer - Salesman's License


Please visit our Titling - Obtaining a Dealer Resale Title for more information on obtaining a dealer resale title. 

Contact Information:

MVA
Business Licensing and Consumer Services

6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

For telephone questions:

MVA Customer Service Center:
1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired:
1-301-729-4563

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