Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions about application eligibility or general information about Prelicense, call our office at 770-745-9650. You may also refer to the GA State Used Car Board’s Frequently Asked Questions.

How many vehicles can I sell before I need a license?

Selling any number of vehicles with the intent to make a profit requires a Used Car Dealer License in the state of Georgia. The “Rule of 5” that many people misunderstand is simply a method of fraud detection used by the state for catching violators.

How much does it cost to get a dealers license?

Due to the many variables involved, there’s no general answer for this question. Click here to see a list of set fees & variable expenses.

Will I get my license after I take the class?

The Prelicense Seminar is only one part of the application process. You will need to complete all application requirements and submit it to the Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get a license?

If an application is completed accurately and there are not circumstances which require the application to go before Board Review, it takes 4-6 weeks for a license to be approved and issued.

Can I get a license if I have been arrested for a felony?

You are eligible to apply for a license as long as you do not currently have charges pending, you are not currently on probation or parole, and you are outside of any sanction period relative to past charges. Click here to see the state’s list of sanctioned time periods.

Do I have to take a Prelicense Seminar to get a license?

Yes, a certificate of completion from a Prelicense Seminar must be submitted as part of the application process for a Used Car Dealer License in Georgia.

Do I have to be a member to take your Prelicense Seminar?

No, a Prelicense Seminar is a requirement. A GIADA membership is just the easiest & cheapest way to get assistance with your application, have all of your questions answered, and get auction coupons that save thousands on buy & sell fees.

Do all Dealer Employees have to take the class?

No, only the the person who will be listed as the Designee on the License will need to take a PreLicense Seminar. A Designee is considered the license holder.

Can me and my partner both be Designees?

No, there can only be one License per Location and one Designee per License. Multiple partners would be detailed in your business structure.

Can a license be denied for certain types of charges?

Charges which suggest a history of Identity Theft or Financial Fraud may make you ineligible for license regardless of the sanction period. Denial & Exceptions would be determined during the GA State Used Car Board Review.

Can I just get a Brokers License instead?

In Georgia, there is not a separate license for Brokers & Retail Dealers. The difference between a Broker and a Retail Dealer is how the location is zoned. If an office location is not zoned to hold inventory, that dealer must be a Broker.

Do I have to have an office space?

Yes, the state requires a Licensed Used Car Dealer to have and maintain an established place of business as defined by O.C.G.A 681-6-.01

Can I have the office at my house?

This is an extremely rare occurrence. Any location must be approved by zoning through the City or County in which it resides and must also meet all state requirements for an established place of business.

Do I have to be a Georgia Resident to be a dealer in Georgia?

No, you do not have to live in Georgia to own a Used Car Dealership in Georgia. However, someone with your company must have a Georgia’s Driver’s License and be authorized on your Master Tag Application to get Dealer Plates.

How often does the Georgia State Used Car Board Meet?

Generally they meet once a month but it can vary. Click here to see the schedule.

Have More Questions?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers about securing your new career as a broker or independent automobile dealer. We have consultants on staff to work with you directly. Request an appointment with one of our Dealer Member Consultants. Not a member? No problem, we can get you signed up while we’re setting up your appointment time.

Have More Questions?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers about securing your new career as a broker or independent automobile dealer. We have consultants on staff to work with you directly. Request an appointment with one of our Dealer Member Consultants. Not a member? No problem, we can get you signed up while we’re setting up your appointment time.