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Louisiana Motor Vehicle Dealer Guide




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What Are the Steps For Opening & Operating a Motor Vehicle Dealership in Louisiana?

  1. You will need to submit the Louisiana application found on the Motor Vehicle Commission website. That application may be found here.
  2. Once your license application is turned in, you’ll need to review that your dealership will have at least one credentialed salesperson.
  3. You, as the owner, or a salesperson will need to attend the Education Training Seminar, which is required. You may view available times to attend the seminar on this schedule.
  4. Fill out the Seminar form, and additional forms on the Motor Vehicle Dealer Package. You will turn all of this information with your Surety Bond to the commission.
  5. Lastly, you’ll get a bond through a surety company who shops the best premium for you. Apply online to get a quote! Follow this link to get started.  You will need to be bonded for every year you expect to be operating your dealership. At Surety1, we make the renewal process simple and easy.

How Do I know What my Bond Coverage Should be?

See this breakdown for your requirements based on your sales:

  • $20,000 coverage if your business sells 119 vehicles or less in a 12 month period.
  • $35,000 coverage if your business sells 120 vehicles or more in a 12 month period.

Why Are Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds Required in the State of Louisiana?

The experience of Louisiana’s Motor Vehicle Commission shows that dealerships greatly effect the Louisiana’s economic climate. The public consumer needs to be protected against fraud and improper business practices. A bond helps urge the dealership to conduct business ethically. Otherwise the bond will pay out claims to the damaged party, and the owner of the business will be left to pay back the Surety company. The bond guarantees accountability and morale. In the past, dealerships were not held responsible for taking advantage of their market. Now, bonds help to make sure Motor Vehicle Dealerships make an ethical and responsible profit.




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Most bonds are fully processed within 1-2 business days. In some cases, you'll hear back from Surety1 within hours!