- Building Structure (Not Required For Wholesalers)
Important Note: There are substantial restrictions for licensing a building that contains more than one business or entity. If you are considering licensing a building that is shared by other businesses or entities, a pre-inspection is required. Contact Dealer Licensing Headquarters at (803) 896-2611 to reach your local agent and request a pre-inspection prior to making a commitment for a shared building.
As a motor vehicle dealer, you must maintain a bona fide established place of business that is a permanent enclosed structure or building. Your office area, whether a permanent structure or mobile home, must have at least 96 square feet of floor space. The structure cannot be a residence, tent, temporary stand or other temporary quarters. The building must also be easily accessible to the public.
Occupied by you, the dealer, the principle business conducted in the building must be the selling or exchanging of vehicles. The public should be able to contact the owner or operator of your facility at all reasonable times. Your records, files and books should also be maintained and housed in this structure.
SCDMV Policy DE-004 Licensing of Retail and Wholesale Dealers and Wholesale Motor Vehicle Auctions has additional details regarding facility licensing requirements.
- Sign (Not Required For Wholesalers)
Your business location must display a permanent sign with permanent lettering that is at least six inches in height. Your sign must identify your business (clearly readable from the nearest avenue of traffic).
- Lot (Not Required For Wholesalers)
As a dealer, you must provide a reasonable area or lot to properly display motor vehicles.Licensed motor vehicle dealers must meet all the previously listed criteria to pass inspection. Because licensed wholesalers cannot sell vehicles to individuals, they are not required to maintain a permanent place of business and lot or to display a sign. However, wholesalers are required to house their records at the location indicated on their application and license.