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Auto Dealer Services Division

Auto Dealer Services Division > Applications > Dealer Dealer

Persons that sell at least twelve (12) vehicles per year must be licensed by the Secretary of State.  Looking to become a licensed vehicle dealer in the State of Indiana? Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way!

Step 1 - Important legal review

We encourage those wanting to obtain their dealer license in the State of Indiana to review the applicable state statutes and administrative rules regarding dealer licensing. Please read Indiana Code 9-32, and Indiana Administrative Code Title 75 before moving on to step 2.

Step 2 - Completing the application

Complete the Application for Vehicle or Watercraft Dealer Business License (State Form 13215). In order to achieve superior service, accuracy and cost savings, please read the application and fill it out completely, and submit all required documents with the application.  Click on the link below to download the form.

The Following must be submitted with the completed application:

  • Application fee - Click here to learn more
  • Complete a background check - Cick here  to learn more
  • Registered retail merchant certificate
  • $25,000 surety bond - Click here to learn more about the bond requirements
  • Zoning approval - to completed on bottom of the application by the local zoning board
  • Insurance (Certificate of Liability) 
  • Copy of a valid photo ID issued by a government agency
  • Photographs of the building, lot, sign and posted hours of operation
  • Franchise agreement (only needed if "New" is marked on the application).
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Organization from the Indiana Secretary of State’s Business Services Division (if applicable).
  • Federal Identification number provided by the Internal Revenue Service

Step 3 - Sign, seal and mail!

Once you complete all of the steps and ensure all paperwork is filled out correctly, send your documents to the following address:

Office of the Indiana Secretary of State
Auto Dealer Services Division
302 W. Washington St.
Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204