If you’re thinking about getting your car dealer license in Florida, one obstacle might feel bigger than the rest: getting your lot. Even establishing your business structure just requires some paperwork. Getting a lot set up, on the other hand, means finding a physical location that can meet your needs — and the requirements laid out by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
To get your Florida car dealer license, the lot requirement is something you’ll need to navigate. But don’t worry. We can show you how to handle getting a car dealer license if you currently don’t have a lot.
It all depends on how you define lot.
You don’t need a sprawling parcel of land that can accommodate hundreds of cars to get your Florida car dealer license. But you do need a physical location to fill out your car dealer application.
In fact, if you open up the Application for a License as a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home, or Recreational Vehicle Dealer, you’ll see that the very first page asks for your “Dealership Physical Address.” This can’t just be your home address. You need a verifiable business location in order to get your dealer license.
But, as we mentioned before, this doesn’t mean you have to buy or lease a giant car lot. As long as you tick the DHSMV’s boxes as far as location requirements, you should be able to get your Florida car dealer license.
So what, exactly, does the DHSMV require as far as your dealership location? Here are the parameters per section 320.27 of the 2020 Florida Statutes:
The DHMSV can pay a visit to your dealership to check everything out, so don’t fudge anything here. Get your physical location in order so you won’t have any problems getting or maintaining your Florida car dealer license. The good news? As long as it can fit all the vehicles you have for sale, your dealership location can be a small property.
This is just one piece of the process required to get a Florida car dealer license. To learn more about getting your license and to find easy-to-complete online courses to meet the pre-license education requirements, visit our Florida dealership training program page.