Motor Dealers in British Columbia
Any person, partnership or company selling or leasing motor vehicles to retail consumers in British Columbia must be licensed as a motor dealer. Minimum dealership requirements, resource materials, and application forms are available by contacting the VSA at:
Suite 208 - 5455 152 Street
Surrey, BC, V3S 5A5
Tel: (604) 575-7253 (Dealer licensing)
Toll free: 1-866-400-3529
Fax: (604) 574-5883
Motor Dealer Licence Fees
Licence fees for motor dealers are based on the type of vehicles sold and the number of demonstration licence plates (or D-plates.) Application fees and annual contributions to the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund also apply. Dealer licence fee schedule
Every person working in retail vehicle sales in B.C. is required to be licensed. Motor dealers must ensure that all sales and management staff in contact with retail consumers hold a valid salesperson licence. Applicants must meet minimum requirements, including successfully completing the VSA certification course and ongoing continuing education requirements. The licensing process verifies that applicants meet minimum requirements and have successfully completed a VSA certification course. The positions required to be licensed include:
Unlicensed Dealers or “Curbers”
If you believe you have information about a person operating as an unlicensed motor dealer or curber, you can report them using the report an unlicensed motor dealer "curber" Form. You may make the report anonymously.
The VSA administers and enforces the Motor Dealer Act and portions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act through province-wide inspections and investigations. This includes the administration of the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund.