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Salesperson FAQs

New Salesperson licensing FAQ

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

  • 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. 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 attend the certification 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

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:

The VSA complies with the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) which replaced the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in 2013. Once your VSA licence is issued, you will have 45 days to complete your professional development requirement by completing the Salesperson Licensing Course, which focuses on BC law Saskatchewan currently does not license automotive salespersons so a person from Saskatchewan must comply with the same process as a British Columbian applicant.

Salesperson licence fees

Salesperson Licensing Fee Schedule

  • $45 application fee + $150 Annual licence fee + $420 Self-study online Salesperson Licensing Course fee= $615  Total for first time applications (non-refundable)


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