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Manufacturer License

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  • Manufacturer: a person who manufactures or assembles new motor vehicles.
  • Manufacturers and distributors of new vehicles sold in Texas must be licensed by TxDMV, regardless of where the manufacturer or distributor is located.
  • Neither manufacturers nor distributors are allowed to sell new motor vehicles directly to Texas consumers, including municipalities. Only franchised dealers that are licensed for the line-make and type code of the vehicle are allowed to sell new motor vehicles to Texas consumers. If a new motor vehicle is sold through a bid process, the franchised dealer for the specific line-make and type code must be listed on the bid as the seller.
  • Prohibitions:
    • Manufacturers cannot: operate, control, or own an interest in a dealer or dealership; or act in the capacity of a dealer, directly or indirectly.
    • See TEXAS OCCUPATIONS CODE §2301.476 for details and exceptions.
  • Ambulances, Fire-Fighting Vehicles, or Motorhomes:
    • The terms: ambulance, fire-fighting vehicle, and motorhome are defined in the TEXAS OCCUPATIONS CODE Chapter 2301.002.
    • To be a manufacturer of these products, the finished product must meet the entire definition of an ambulance, fire-fighting vehicle, or motorhome.
    • If the finished product does not meet the definition, then the person must obtain a converter license for those products.

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