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Division of Motor Vehicles

Dealer Services

Wholesale Dealership

  1. Must complete an Application for Delaware Dealership License (Form MV29) that shall include a criminal history background check; Signature Authorization (Form MV26); and a copy of their driver's license before the dealership may be approved.
  2. Delaware driver's license must have been issued to ALL owners at least 90 days prior to issuance of approval on the application.
  3. Must check with the Division of Motor Vehicles for availability of business name. If the name requested is already in use or close to another dealership's name, it will be necessary to choose another business name.
  4. Must have an office located on the premises with a desk and filing cabinet adequate to maintain records.
  5. Must have a telephone installed in the office and listed in the business name. Must attach documentation to application.
  6. Must attach proof of liability insurance coverage showing how many dealer tags are insured to the application.
  7. Contact the Planning and Zoning Office if located outside of town or city limits. If located within city or town limits, contact the office in charge of zoning for written approval. (The office is normally located in city hall. Zoning approvals are required to be submitted with the dealer application. Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for office in each county:
    New Castle County
    Planning & Zoning
    Dept. of Land Use
    New Castle Gov’t Ctr.
    87 Read’s Way
    Corp. Commons
    New Castle, De 19720
    Phone: 302.395.5400

    Kent County
    Planning & Zoning
    Kent County Admin Complex
    555 Bay Road
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-760-2266

    Sussex County
    Planning & Zoning
    Sussex Co. Admin. Bldg
    2 The Circle
    PO Box 589
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.855.7700
  8. A business is only required to register with the Prothonotary's office if they are using a "doing business as" (DBA) which is a different name from the corporation. There is a filing fee. Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for each county:
    New Castle County
    New Castle County Courthouse
    500 North King Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801-3349
    Phone: 302.255.0800

    Kent County
    Kent County Courthouse
    414 Federal Street
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.735.1900

    Sussex County
    Sussex County Courthouse
    1 The Circle
    Suite 2
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.855.7055
  9. Must obtain an annual business license from the Division of Revenue and a copy of the receipt must be attached to the Application for Delaware Dealership License. If the business is within city or town limits, a city business license must be obtained as well. Wholesale Vehicle Dealerships must purchase two licenses–a motor vehicle license and a wholesale license. Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for each county: are the addresses and telephone numbers for each county:
    New Castle County
    Division of Revenue
    Carvel Office Bldg.
    820 N. French St.
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone: 302.577.8200

    Kent County
    Division of Revenue
    Thomas Collins Bldg.
    540 S. Dupont Hwy.
    Suite A
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.744.1085

    Sussex County
    Division of Revenue
    20653 Dupont Blvd
    Suite 2
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.856.5358
    or: Toll Free 800.292.7826 (in Delaware only)
  10. Must obtain a Delaware personal criminal history from the Delaware State Bureau of Identification, 655 Bay Rd., Dover, Delaware 19901 (800)-464-4357 in Kent County; Troop 4, on the corner of Shortly Road and Route 113, across from the DMV in Sussex County, (302) 739-2528; Troop 2, on Rt. 40, in Bear, just west of the Fox Run Shopping Center, between Rt. 72, and Rt. 896 (302)-739-2528. There is a charge for this service.
  11. Only after inspection of the business location and approval by the Division of Motor Vehicles, can a license be issued to an applicant.
  12. Licenses expire on December 31 of each year and may be renewed 90 days prior to expiration. The fee for each dealer tag is .
  13. A Vehicle Wholesale Dealer is not permitted to sell to the general public. The dealer is restricted to dealing with other dealers and auctions.
  14. A registered dealer is not permitted to share a lot or office with another dealer.
  15. Dealers must provide an estimate of the number of vehicles they expect to sell in the first year of business. Thereafter, the number of dealer tags authorized is based on the number of vehicles sold each year.
  16. Dealer licenses expire on December 31 and must be renewed through the Division. Dealers must supply the Division a record of vehicles sold the previous 12 months. The sales record will be used to determine the number of dealer tags authorized for the renewal. The initial license will only be issued for one year or less so an adequate count of vehicles sold can be obtained prior to your license renewal.
  17. Dealers must sell a minimum of five (5) vehicles per year to maintain a dealer license.