Dealer License Plates
The licensee categories eligible for metal dealer’s plates include: Franchise, GDN Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle, Manufacture Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Plates, Converter Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle, and In-Transit Metal Plates.
GDN and franchise dealers may apply for metal dealer's license plates (Dealer's Plate) for the type of vehicles the dealer is licensed to sell. For example, a dealer who is licensed to sell only cars may use his dealer plate only on a car and not on a motorcycle or trailer.
Note: An auction licensee may not have dealer's plates under the wholesale license type.
Converter's Plates may be displayed only on the type of vehicle that the converter is engaged in the business of assembling or modifying.
All dealers and licensees are only issued one plate. It must be displayed only in the rear license plate holder of the vehicle.
Expiration: plates for dealers and licensees expire on the same day as the license.
Metal Plate Uses
- Vehicle demonstration
- Personal use by the dealer, family or employees
- Only on vehicles dealer is licensed to sell
Converter & In-Transit Uses
- Vehicle demonstration
- Convey vehicle
Vehicles with Dealer’s or Converter’s Plates
- MUST have current inspection sticker
- CANNOT display signs on vehicle
- CANNOT be displayed on vehicle carrying load or performing service for the dealership (such as towing and transporting other vehicles; Courtesy cars; Rental or lease vehicles)
- MUST have TITLE in name of or assigned to the dealership
License Plate Log
The law requires a dealer/converter to maintain a record of all metal plates and each vehicle assigned a license plate. The log shall consist of:
- the assigned plate number;
- the year/make of the vehicle displaying the plate;
- the vehicle identification number; and
- the name of the person in control of the vehicle.
Dealers are limited in the number of plates they may order depending on the type of license issued and the number of vehicles sold.
If you are ordering metal dealer plates with your application for a new license, make sure you do not order more than the number allowed by law. These numbers depend on the license type.
Exemptions to these plate limits for new applications may apply if the license applicant is:
- a franchised dealership that has been subject to a buy-sell agreement, regardless of a change in the entity or ownership, or
- any dealership that relocates and has been licensed for a period of one year or more.
When renewing, the number of license plates you may renew includes the number of plates you received with your license.
For example, if you are a franchised motor vehicle dealer and you received five plates when you first received your license, then you may receive up to 25 additional plates upon renewal for a total of 30. If you are a franchised motor vehicle dealer and you did not receive any plates when you first received your license, then you may receive up to 30 license plates upon renewal.
Plate Allocation Summary Table
|License Type||New Application Allowance||Total Allowed with Renewal|
|Independent motor vehicle dealer||2||3|
|Independent motorcycle dealer||2||3|
|Franchised motor vehicle dealer||5||30|
|Franchised motorcycle dealer||5||10|
|Franchised or independent travel trailer dealer||2||3|
|Utility trailer or semi-trailer dealer||2||3|
|Independent mobility motor vehicle dealer||2||3|
If it is renewal time and you have already reached the maximum allowed plates, you may submit a VIT document or other proof of sales with your renewal application to receive additional plates. *VIT must be submitted each time with the renewal.*
|If you are a non-wholesale dealer who sold this many vehicles according to VIT or other proof of sales||Then you may receive this many additional plates|
|Fewer than 50||1|
|50 to 99 vehicles||2|
|100 to 200 vehicles||5|
|More than 200 vehicles||May obtain any number of metal dealer plates at dealer’s discretion.|
|If you are a wholesale dealer||Then you may receive one (1) additional plate, regardless of how many vehicles you sell.|
A licensed motor vehicle dealer may obtain a personalized metal dealer license plate.
Cost: $85 per year/ plate
Plates are issued on a two-year basis and expire with the dealer’s license.
Mail a completed application, documentation, and fee to your county tax office.
Mail renewal form, documentation, and fee to your county tax office.
Dealer plate allocation rules apply and documentation must be submitted to MVD before personalized plates will be approved