Regulating Industry

How do I become a salesperson?

Becoming a salesperson

To become a licensed salesperson, certain conditions need to be met:
  • A Police Information Check
    A prior criminal record will be reviewed for its relevance to working as a motor vehicle salesperson and does not automatically exclude a person from receiving a Salesperson Licence. Click here for the Police Information Check Policy
  • The eligibility to work in Canada
    An applicant must be either a Canadian citizen or have legal status to work in Canada. Non-residents of Canada must have a valid work permit for retail vehicle sales
  • Employment by a licensed motor dealer
    Application can be made prior to employment, but a Salesperson Licence will not be issued until employment at a dealership is verified
  • To be of legal age
    Applicants must be at least nineteen (19) years of age, the age required by the Infants Act of B.C. to execute a binding contract.  Individuals may register for the licensing course and submit an application before reaching the age of nineteen.  However, a Salesperson Licence will not be issued until all licensing requirements are met and the applicant reaches the age of nineteen
  • To pay the application and the annual licence fees
  • To complete and pass the Salesperson Licensing Course before the applicant's Conditional Licence Expiry date

Who needs a salesperson licence?

Every person in contact with retail consumers at a dealership must have a valid Salesperson Licence.

Salesperson licence fees

Salesperson Licensing Fee Schedule

$203 Application and initial first year licence + $441 Salesperson Licensing Course

Salesperson licensing course

An applicant will automatically be registered into the self-study online Salesperson Licensing Course once their application has been processed, and will receive a separate email with course access information. The course must be completed before the applicant's Conditional Licence expiry date.

Salesperson licensing legislation

Salespeople must comply with the Motor Dealer Act  and portions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act .  The VSA monitors compliance through province-wide inspections and investigations.  Plain language explanations of these requirements can be found in:

How to apply

Apply online

Apply in person, by mail or email


Note: Employment at a dealership is not required in order to apply

Frequently asked questions- salesperson

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