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Motor Home and Travel Trailer Dealer/Salesperson Licensing Process

To become a salesperson or dealer-operator, you must take a test at any of DMV's customer service centers (CSCs). Once you pass the test, you may apply for a salesperson's license. The license is issued in the name of a dealership, so you must apply through the dealership where you will be working. The license application materials and payment of licensing fees may be processed through a DMV customer service center. A criminal background check is performed on every first-time applicant.

If you apply for an original motor home and/or travel trailer dealer's license, you must pay an annual license fee. In addition, you will be required to furnish a $25,000 surety bond for 3 consecutive years. The requirement for the bond will be dropped upon completion of 3 consecutive years without a claim against the bond.

License Forms and Fees

Listed below are the forms and fees you will need to submit in order to apply for a franchised or independent motor home and/or travel trailer dealer's license, salesperson's license, and dealer license plates.

Form Fee for One Year Fee for Two Years
Dealer License Application (DSD-10) $100 $200
Application for Certificate of Qualification/Salesperson's License (DSD-7) $25 $50
Trailer, Motor Home, Travel Trailer or Motorcycle (Includes ATV's and Off Road) - Application for Certificate of Qualification/Salesperson's License (DSD-7) $10 $20
Criminal History Check Data Form (MVB-21)
(if applicable)
$10 $10

License Fee & Bond Waiver

If you are applying for an original or renewal motor home and/or travel trailer dealer license, as well as a salesperson's license for these types of dealerships, you may be eligible for a license fee and bond waiver if currently licensed by the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board. You must provide proof of this license (a photocopy of the current Board dealer and salesperson license is adequate proof). Please note that license fee and bond waiver is only applicable for the dealer address or physical location indicated on the current Board issued license.

Application Requirements

If you are applying for a dealer's license, you must include the name of a certified dealer before the application is processed. Each salesperson applicant must be qualified. You may obtain the dealer-operator and salesperson qualification by successfully completing an examination administered at a local DMV customer service center, and paying a testing fee. If you wish to purchase dealer license plates, you must complete an "Application for Dealer/Drive-Away/Office Trailer Plates" ( DSD-9). You must also certify automobile liability insurance coverage for each plate and must maintain liability insurance as long as the dealer plate remains valid. Dealerships may purchase a maximum of four plates per licensed salesperson. The first two plates cost $30, the third and any subsequent plates cost $13 each.

A sign must be displayed in the public sales area of the dealership with the amount of the processing fee charged, if any. The sign must be no smaller than eight and one-half by eleven inches (8.5" x 11") and the type must be at least one-half inch high.

Each dealership owner, partner and/or officer of the dealership, each dealership-operator and all salespersons are required to complete and submit a criminal history form (MVB-21) along with all other applications.

The following information must be attached or included in the application.

  1. The location of the business must be either owned or leased by the applicant. The specific address must be shown on the application. A post office box mailing address alone is not acceptable.
  2. A $25,000 surety bond executed from a corporate surety company licensed to do business in the Commonwealth.
  3. A copy of your Buyer's Order for approval, which must include items outlined in Va. Code § 46.2-1930. Be sure that the Buyer's Order includes an item designated as "processing fee" and the amount charged, if any. For sales involving dealer arranged financing, your Buyer's Order must indicate this information.
  4. Written proof of zoning, which includes the sale and display of motor vehicles, must accompany the application.
  5. Proof that the corporation has been registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC). Any "trading as" or fictitious name must first be filed through local courts.
  6. Proof of local court filing and a fee of $10 mailed to the SCC.
  7. Franchised dealers must attach a copy of the franchise agreement or original franchise letter that includes the manufacturer's or distributor's service agreement. The manufacturer or distributor must also be licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, Dealer Services.

Upon receipt of your application with appropriate fees and enclosures, a DMV representative will contact you to schedule an on-site inspection to determine if the dealership meets the established place of business requirements as outlined in the Virginia motor vehicle dealer licensing laws.