How to Get Georgia Dealer Plates
How to Obtain Georgia Dealer License
If you plan to buy and resell cars in the state of
Georgia, one thing you'll need access to is a dealer plate.
Dealer plates allow you to purchase vehicles that aren't
available to regular car buyers and use them for your
business. Getting dealership plates can be fairly simple if
you're willing to complete a few simple steps first. In this article, we'll explain what dealer plates are, how they work, and how to apply for one in Georgia.
What Vehicles are Dealer Plates Allowed to be Used
Georgia dealer plates allow your customers to test drive the motor vehicles you have on your lot. Dealer plates also allow you to drive the vehicles that you have purchased with your
dealer license back and forth to a dealer auction. When you obtain your
Georgia dealer license you can enter any dealer auction in the United States, not just
Georgia dealer auctions. When you by a vehicle at a dealer auction in Georgia you can place the dealer plate on the vehicle and drive it back to your used car dealer lot. A dealer plat can then be used when one of your customers is test driving the vehicle you are trying to sell. You can also use a Georgia dealer plate, or what we sometimes refer to as a dealer tag, or simply a dtag when transporting a vehicle for sale. The
State of Georgia does, however, have several strict rules and guidelines you must be aware of when using your Georgia dealer license plates.
What Vehicles Are You Prohibited From Placing a
Dealer Plate Upon?
You must make sure you are using your Georgia dealer
plates correctly. If you are not, then the State of Georgia,
Georgia Department of Revenue can take your
dealer plates away. Georgia dealer licenses are regulated by
Department of Revenue. When you obtain your
dealer license you must charge
Title Ad Valorem Tax on most
vehicles you sell. This is sometimes referred to as motor
vehicle sales tax. Licensed dealers in the State of Georgia
are required to charge Title Ad Valorem Tax or what we call
TAVT on most vehicles sold. Taxes in the State of Georgia
are collected by the
Georgia Department of Revenue. So when
you obtain your Georgia dealer license you will collect TAVT
from the customer when they are purchasing a vehicle on your
lot and easily transfer this TAVT you have collected to the
Department of Revenue. In your mandatory dealer pre-license
training class we will show you how to use Electronic
Titling Registration software that will automatically
compute the TAVT your customer owes based on where they
live. The TAVT you collect this then transmitted to the
State of Georgia. This process is overseeen by the Georgia
Department of Revenue. That is why the Georgia Department of
Revenue has oversight over anyone that holds a Georgia
dealer license. Although the
Georgia Secretary of State
actually issues Georgia dealer licenses, the licenses are
actually regulated by the
Georgia Department of Revenue.
You May Never Place a Georgia Dealer Plate on a
Dealership Service Vehicle
The Georgia Department of Revenue strictly prohibits a Georgia dealer from placing a
Georgia dealer license plate on what is known as a service vehicle.
A service vehicle is a vehicle that is being used to service
your dealership. It is used in the day to day operations of
your dealership. For example, the Georgia Department of
Revenue will allow you to use your Georgia dealer license,
gain entrance to a car dealer auction, and purchase a three
quarter ton truck, then place a dealer plate on the three
quarter ton truck, and drive the three quarter ton truck
back to your lot. At this time Georgia law allows your
customer to test drive the three quarter ton truck with a
Georgia dealer license plate, or Georgia dtag. This is
completely legal and is what a
dealer tag is to be used for. You can legally place a
Georgia dealer plate on a vehicle that is being test driven
for demonstration purposes. This vehicle is known as a demo.
However, let's say for example you hook up a flat
bed trailer to the three quarter ton truck and start hauling
vehicles back and for the auction. THIS IS ILLEGAL. When
start hauling vehicles with the three quarter ton truck, it
is no longer being test driven as a demo, it is now become a
service vehicle. You are now using the truck to service your
dealership. You must pay TAVT on any vehicle that is being
used as a service vehicle. The State of Georgia would never
allow you to use service vehicle for your dealership that
you have not paid taxes on. Taxes must be paid on all
service vehicles. A simple way to remember how to comply:
You can never, ever haul anything behind a Georgia
dealer license plate.
You are also never allowed to place a
dealer license plate on what the
Georgia refers to as a commercial vehicle. A commercial
vehicle is a vehicle that you are providing a service for
and someone is paying you to provide that service. You could
never use the three quarter ton truck you bought and charge
someone to transport another vehicle. This would be a
commercial service that you are providing in a vehicle that
you have not paid taxes on. Highly illegal. You could not
mount a snow blade on the three quarter ton truck that has a
dealer license plate and push snow for a business or
residence that pays you to remove snow. Remember you can
never charge a fee to someone for a service that you are
providing in a vehicle that you have not paid taxes on.
You could never place a Georgia dealer license plate on a RV
that you are renting out for a weekend. Think about this
scenario, you are generating rental income with a vehicle
that you have not paid taxes on. This is providing a
commercial service with a vehicle that has not had the taxes
paid upon, highly illegal. I once heard of a scenario when a
dealer purchased a tow truck at a dealer auction and decided
to start a towing company. The only problem was that he
decided to run his new towing business using a tow truck
that had a dealer license plate. He was towing vehicles with
a tow truck with a dealer plate. He was caught by law
enforcement and was required to take my dealer class as a
punishment. He told me this story when he was taking the
dealer class as punishiment.
State of Georgia requires you to take a 4-hour dealer
pre-license class before you are allowed to apply for your
dealer license and obtain Georgia dealer license plates.
Sometimes the State of Georgia will require dealer that has
broken the rules to attend the class as their punishment as
well. This is a punishment worse that a fine, suspension, or
revocation. LOL. I hope you only have to take your Georgia
dealer pre-license class one time.
How Do You Obtain Georgia Dealer Plates?
In order to obtain Georgia dealer plates you must
obtain a Georgia
dealer license. In order to obtain a Georgia dealer
license you must take a 4-hour dealer license class, find a
building or office, obtain insurance & bond, get a local
business license, and register for fingerprints. In your
Georgia dealer license class you will learn about all the
steps that you must complete in order to obtain your dealer
license. We will complete all the dealer license application
paperwork, show you how to easily apply for your Georgia
Sales Tax License Number. You will also learn about all the
paperwork you must complete when purchasing a motor vehicle
with your Georgia dealer license and all the paperwork you
must complete when you are selling a vehicle as well.
When you complete your 4 hour dealer license class
you will be prepared to operate a car dealership in Georgia.
In your class we will cover the process of ordering your
dealer license plates as well. The State of Georgia will
allow you to order up to 3 dealer license plates when you
are first applying for your Georgia dealer license. If you
need more than 3 dealer license plates when starting out,
you will need to complete an additional dealer license plate
application form which you can obtain in your dealer classe.
We will cover all the legal ways to use a Georgia dealer
license plate, or dtag, in your dealer class. You will learn
exactly what you can do with a dealer plate and what you
cannot do with a dealer license plate.
When you complete your dealer training you will also
realize that many Georgia dealers are using their dtags
incorrectly. The Georgia Department of Revenue has zero
tolerance for any dealer in the State that is using dealer
license plates incorrectly. When you attend your dealer pre
license class you will know how to use your Georgia dtags
correctly to ensure that they are never taken away,
suspended, or revoked.
You can take your dealer pre-license training class
in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, or Valdosta.
The training must be taken in person and you should be able
to find a training location near your home.
JJust click on the
Schedule link at the top of the
georgiadealer.com website or
click the blue
Enroll button at the top of the
georgiadealer.com website to register for your Georgia
dealer license training class. Good luck with your new
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