Please contact the Licensing Department at 604-575-7253 or email@example.com for more information and/or to obtain an application. The VSA will determine if a dealer licence is needed.
Any person, partnership, sole proprietor or company selling or leasing motor vehicles to retail consumers in British Columbia must be licensed as a motor dealer. Anyone selling more than five vehicles per year is automatically deemed to be a dealer under BC law. However, the sale of even one vehicle to a retail consumer as a business activity may require a licence.
A licensed dealership must also have at least one licensed salesperson. If you are a sole proprietor, you will need a motor dealer licence and a salesperson licence. In addition, every person working in retail vehicle sales in B.C. must be licensed. Motor dealers must ensure that all sales and management staff in contact with retail consumers have a valid salesperson licence.
Fees are based on the type of vehicles sold and the number of vehicles sold or the number of demonstration licence plates (or D-plates) issued by ICBC. Application fees and annual contributions to the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund also apply. See the Dealer Licence Fee Schedule here 289 kB .
Plain language explanations of their requirements can be found in:
- Criminal Record Checks for dealership principals and salespeople Criminal Record Check Policy
- Credit checks
- A minimum of one licensed salesperson
- All those in contact with consumers licensed as required
- Payment of the annual licence fees
No. Each location requires a separate motor dealer licence.
Your dealership can have more than one trade name. If you need to add a trade name, change a trade name, or change the legal name of your dealership, fill out Form 3b Notice of Change – Dealer Name 239 kB . If it is a new entity (for example – change from a sole proprietor or partnership to a corporation), you will need to submit a new application and apply for a new Motor Dealer Licence.
Fill out Form 3a Notice of Change Dealer Address 260 kB within 14 days of location change.
No. The motor dealer licence is not for sale. A complete new application is required when ownership is transferred. Contact the Licensing Department to obtain an application.
Ensure that all marketing members meet all VSA licensing requirements. This includes completing the Salesperson Certification Course and a Salesperson Application Form prior to the event. Employment Authorization forms also need to be submitted for all marketing people that will be attending at least three weeks before the event.
You can search for your dealership by name.
Your salesperson needs to be or get licensed. You can search for salespeople by name, city or number to see if they are licensed.
If they are not licensed, they can submit a Salesperson Application Form or online to apply. They will need to complete the mandatory Salesperson Certification Course. Once an application is submitted, a Conditional Licence will be issued for a period of 45 days. You will be in violation of the Motor Dealer Act if a new employee is selling vehicles before they receive a Conditional Licence.
You need to send in an Employment Authorization form to the Licensing Department. Once it is received, your salesperson will be sent a new permit (licence) for selling at your dealership.
Having a criminal record does not exempt anyone from applying for a licence. Refer to the salesperson application package for more information.
Yes. However, their licence will only become activated once they are employed and you send in an Employment Authorization form.
They will need to complete a reinstatement form. Please contact the Licensing Department for more information.
Completing the mandatory Salesperson Certification Course only provides a certificate, not a licence. To receive a licence, a completed salesperson application needs to be submitted.
Every salesperson needs to renew their licence annually. You confirm their status online by searching your dealership name. You will be in violation of the Motor Dealer Act if an employee is selling vehicles and they do not have a valid Salesperson Licence.
Every person who in anyway participates in soliciting, negotiating or arranging for the sale or lease of a motor vehicle to a consumer. This includes all salespeople, dealer principals, general managers, sales managers, internet sales staff and the staff of business and lease offices. This also includes anyone who is bird-dogging or you may be paying to direct business to your dealership.
The VSA complies with the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) which replaced the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in 2013.
If a salesperson is licensed in good standing with the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC), the salesperson must submit a completed application form, pay the required fees, and submit to a criminal record and background check to confirm their good standing. Once their VSA licence is issued, they will have 45 days to complete their professional development requirement by completing the Salesperson Certification Course, which focuses on BC law.
Saskatchewan currently does not license automotive salespeople, so a person from Saskatchewan must comply with the same process as a British Columbian applicant.