Motor Vehicles (includes automobile, motor bus, motorcycle, truck or truck tractor or any other self-propelled vehicle, trailer or semitrailer)

Motor Vehicles (includes automobile, motor bus, motorcycle, truck or truck tractor or any other self-propelled vehicle, trailer or semitrailer)

Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensing

Franchised motor vehicle dealers, wholesale auto auction dealers, wholesale motor vehicle dealers, used motor vehicle dealers, public consignment auction dealer, brokers and automotive recyclers are regulated by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

If you plan to sell six (6) or more automobiles, trailers, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles annually, you are required to have a motor vehicle dealer license. (15)

Contact:
Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Services, Professional Services, Dealer Licensing Unit: Dealer Services and Licensing
1801 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.712.7571 or Arizona toll free 800.251.5866
Email: [email protected]

Additional Information:
Arizona Department of Revenue: Motor Vehicle Sales

 

Motor Vehicle Manufacturer/Distributor

Motor vehicle manufacturers and/or distributors need to obtain a motor vehicle manufacturer/distributor license. This includes buses, motorcycles, trailers, golf cars/carts, passenger cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles. (15)

Contact:
Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Services, Professional Services, Dealer Licensing Unit: Dealer Services and Licensing: Manufacturer/Distributor Licensing
1801 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.712.7571 or Arizona toll free 800.251.5866
Email: [email protected]

Additional Information:

A "motor vehicle" means an automobile, motor bus, motorcycle, truck or truck tractor or any other self-propelled vehicle, trailer or semitrailer.

"Manufacturer" means any person who manufacturers or assembles new motor vehicles or who manufacturers or installs on previously assembled truck chassis special bodies or equipment which when installed form an integral part of the new motor vehicle and which constitute a major manufacturing alteration, but does not include the installation of a camper on a pickup truck.

See also: Manufacturing/Manufacturing-Related Activity (includes simple to advanced) 

 

Transporter

Information on Transporter requirements and related forms can be found by searching the Arizona Department of Transportation, MVD Forms Library. Some of the laws that govern transporter businesses can be found in the Arizona Revised Statutes. You may also wish to consult your accountant and/or attorney for assistance. (19)

Contact: Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, Fleet Services Unit, 602.712.8809

 

Financing Activities

If any financing activities are to be performed in your business, check with the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) for regulations. See: Banking/Finance-Related Business

 

Offering Insurance Coverage

If you intend to offer insurance coverage in connection with automobile financing, you must obtain a credit insurance producer license from the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI). See: Insurance-Related Business

 

Sales of Motor Vehicle Tires

Arizona imposes a fee on the sale of motor vehicle tires. Sales that are subject to the Waste Tire fees include both separate sales of the tires themselves, as well as, sales of tires on new vehicles. See: Tires (includes sales of tires on new vehicles)

Motor Vehicle Repair/Service

If you plan to provide any parts/materials, when repairing/servicing a motor vehicle, see Selling a product (includes service/repair businesses that provide parts/materials). Gross receipts from services rendered in addition to selling tangible personal property at retail are subject to state and local transaction privilege ("sales") tax unless the charge for service is shown separately on the sales invoice and records. (19)

 

Additional Information:

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality: Permit(s) needed for an Auto Repair Shop (19)


Assistance from Non-regulatory Programs within Various Environmental Agencies
Your business can receive assistance from the non-regulatory programs within various environmental agencies. These programs offer assistance to small businesses without the threat of penalties or violation. Programs reside within the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the County Environmental Air Quality Department.

ADEQ provides information and classes on tune-up work involving auto emissions. The two programs include a basic diagnostic and repair class and an advanced certification program. For additional information, see also section below titled, "Environmental Compliance."

Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Bureau of Consumer Protection, Business Center: Automobiles: If your business sells automobiles, fuel, or related products, have you kept up to date on the rules and laws that could affect your company? The FTC has resources discussing the Used Car Rule, labeling guidelines for alternative fueled vehicles and alternatives fuels, how the FTC’s Privacy Rule applies to auto dealers – and other topics of interest to the automotive industry. (17)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): regulates the purchasing, handling or using of any refrigerant. (21)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Regulatory Information By Business Sector: Automotive (21)

Arizona Automobile Dealers Association (AADA): Trade association representing the new franchised car and truck franchised dealers of Arizona. (21)

Center for Auto Safety: Provides information on recalls, manufacturers, extended warranties, safety tests and other technical data. Persons having problems with dealers, manufacturers, or service problems may also contact the Center. (21)

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE): Independent, non-profit organization, working to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. (21)