1. Must complete an Application for Delaware Dealership License (Form MV29) that shall include a criminal history background check and a Signature Authorization (Form MV26) before the dealership may be approved.
  2. All corporations must be incorporated in Delaware and in good standing with the Division of Corporations. Must attach evidence of incorporation to the application.
  3. All individual owners must have been issued a Delaware driver’s license at least 90 days prior to approval of the application.
  4. 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.
  5. Must have an office located on the premises with a desk and filing cabinet adequate to maintain records.
  6. Dealer tags and records must be maintained at the address shown on the Application for Delaware Dealership License and be available for inspection by duly authorized agents of the Division of Motor Vehicles, law enforcement officers and the Attorney General’ s Office.
  7. Must have a telephone installed in the office and listed in the business name. Must attach documentation to application.
  8. Must attach proof of liability insurance coverage showing how many dealer tags are insured to the application.
  9. 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 the office in each county:
    New Castle County Kent County Sussex 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
    Planning & Zoning
    Kent County Admin Complex
    555 Bay Road
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.744.2471
    Planning & Zoning
    Sussex Co. Admin. Bldg
    2 The Circle
    PO Box 589
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.855.7700
  10. Must have entrance permit from Department of Transportation if the business is located on a state-maintained road. A copy must be attached to the Application for Delaware Dealership License. Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for each county:
    New Castle County Kent County Sussex County
    250 Bear-Christiana Rd
    Bear, DE 19701
    Phone: 302.326.4679
    930 Public Safety Blvd
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.760.2433
    23697 Dupont Hwy
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.853.1340
  11. 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 Kent County Sussex County
    New Castle County Courthouse
    500 North King Street
    Lower Level 1
    Wilmington, DE 19801-3349
    Phone: 302.255.0800
    Kent County Courthouse
    414 Federal Street
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.735.1900
    Sussex County Courthouse
    1 The Circle
    Suite 2
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.855.7055
  12. 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. Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for each county:
    New Castle County Kent County Sussex County
    Division of Revenue
    Carvel Office Bldg.
    820 N. French St.
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone: 302.577.8200
    Division of Revenue
    Thomas Collins Bldg.
    540 S. Dupont Hwy.
    Suite A
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302.744.1085
    Division of Revenue
    20653 Dupont Blvd.
    Suite 2
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: 302.856.5358
    or: Toll Free 800.292.7826 (in Delaware only)
  13. 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.
  14. Only after inspection of the business location and approval by the Division of Motor Vehicles, can a license be issued to an applicant.
  15. Dealer licenses expire on December 31 of each year and may be renewed 90 days prior to December 31. The fee for each dealer tag is $10.00. If applicant does not wish to receive dealer plates, there is no fee charged by the Division of Motor Vehicles, and we will issue a dealer identification number. No proof of insurance is required for identification numbers. This number must be renewed annually through the Division, but no fee is charged for this service. 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.
  16. An auction may issue 30-day temporary tags only on vehicles that are purchased through the auction.
  17. A registered dealer is not permitted to share a lot or office with another dealer.