Complete Your Florida Dealer License Renewal in 6 Easy Steps

Published: Feb 23, 2017
Easy Florida dealer license renewal guide
 

As the next deadline for the Florida dealer license renewal approaches, some dealers may be wondering what it is they need to do.

To comply with state requirements wholesale motor vehicle dealers, independent motor vehicle dealers, salvage motor vehicle dealers and motor vehicle auction licensees must renew their license before May 1! Along with their license, they will also need to renew their Florida auto dealer bond.

Read on for a breakdown of all the steps that Florida dealers must complete to renew their license.

Who must renew their license and when?

Licensees with the following types of licenses must renew their license at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) by April 30:

  • Wholesale motor vehicle dealers (VW)
  • Independent motor vehicle dealers (VI)
  • Salvage motor vehicle dealers (SD)
  • Motor vehicle auction licensees (VA)

Keep in mind that there are other dealer license types in Florida. These do not expire on April 30. You can see the renewal schedule for all types of dealer licenses in Florida here.

So what do these types of dealers need to do in order to renew their dealer license?

Apply for your auto dealer bond today and lock your rate for 90 days!

Steps to renew your Florida dealer license

#1 Complete the Florida dealer license renewal application

All types of dealers must complete the HSMV 86720 renewal application form. This includes providing standard information regarding yourself and your dealership, and proof of acceptable identification.

#2 Submit a copy of your insurance policy

Along with your application, you will need to submit copies of your garage liability insurance. Your insurance policy must include a minimum of $10,000 for personal injury protection and a $25,000 combined single limit liability coverage which must include bodily injury and property damage protection.

Alternatively, you may choose to submit a general liability insurance in the exact same amounts. Either policy must be signed by your insurance agent.

Salvage motor vehicle dealers are exempt from this requirement by law.

#3 Provide copy of certification of the business

You must obtain and submit a copy of your certification from the Florida Division of Corporations. This certification must include information regarding your business’s current registration at the Division and any fictitious name(s) of your business.

#4 Provide proof of continuing education

Dealers must provide a certificate of having completed a dealer license continuing education course at a licensed dealer training school in Florida.

Independent motor vehicle dealers are also given the option to complete a pre-licensing dealer training seminar.

#5 Pay your yearly or biennial renewal fee

Applicants for one of the said licenses who renew their license before May 1, must pay a $75 renewal fee for a one-year renewal. A biennial renewal is also possible against a $150 fee.

If the renewal application along with all documents for a dealer’s primary location are not received by April 30 by the DHSMV, applicants are required to pay a $100 delinquent fee on top of their normal renewal fee. This ‘delinquent period’ continues for 45 days after the renewal deadline. If the delinquent period is also missed by the dealer, he or she must start the licensing process all over again and cannot renew their old license.

#6 Renew your Florida auto dealer bond

Florida car dealers are required to obtain a $25,000 Florida auto dealer bond upon getting their license. They must renew this bond every time they renew their license as well.

Renewing the bond requires that you pay a renewal premium to your surety bond company in order to remain bonded. The amount of your premium depends on a number of factors. See below for more information regarding your surety bond cost.

Supplemental locations

Dealers who have supplemental locations must submit the same documents that they submitted for their primary location for their supplemental location.

This means that you need to submit the same copy of your insurance policy and surety bond, rather than having to obtain to insurances or bonds. You must also submit an additional Florida dealer license renewal form.

An additional renewal fee is due, though! A yearly renewal fee of $50 or a biennial renewal fee of $100 must be paid to the DHSMV for every supplemental location.

How much does the bond renewal cost?

The cost of your Florida auto dealer bond is a percentage of the full $25,000 bond amount. This percentage is determined by sureties when you apply for your bond, and is based on their estimation of your financial stability. Your personal credit score plays an important role in that assessment.

Typically, applicants with a high credit score can expect to have to pay a rate that is between 1% and 3% of the total bond amount. Applicants with lower credit can get bonded too, though, though rates under our bad credit program are slightly higher.

Following the above steps is really all you need to complete your Florida dealer license renewal. If you have any questions regarding the bonding requirements for auto dealers in Florida or want to know more about bonds, give us a call at (877)-514-5146!

To get your car dealer bond, just fill in our online bond renewal application and we’ll take care of the rest! We will shortly contact you with your free quote on your bond.

 

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.