Dealer Plate Information

A "Dealer" is defined as any person who is engaged principally and substantially in the business of buying, selling, or exchanging motor vehicles, trailers, or motor vehicle bodies and maintains a facility dedicated to carrying out said business and except for a person who exchanges such vehicles on a wholesale basis, is open to the public.

A Dealer plate may be issued by the Registrar to a person who is a licensed motor vehicle dealer and who qualifies under Chapter 90, Section 5 and under the RMV's regulations. (Licensed motor vehicle dealers who do not maintain the required facility dedicated to carrying out said business will not qualify.) Recreational Vehicle Dealers, Recreational Trailer Dealers, Boat Dealers and Boat Trailer Dealers may qualify for a Dealer plate under separate standards.

Dealer Plate Application

Timeline
The complete process should take no more than 6-8 weeks from submitting the application to receiving plates. A site visit by the State Police Compliance Unit is required to help determine an applicants qualifications.

  • Once your application is received, all supporting documents are reviewed for accuracy.
  • Within 1 week from the date of review, your paperwork is forwarded to the State Police Compliance Unit.
  • You will receive a letter from the RMV Section 5 Division informing you that the application has been received and accepted. This letter includes an investigation number. Please use this specific number for all correspondence/inquiries throughout this process.
  • If your application is not accepted, you will be notified, via mail indicating the reason for rejection.
  • The State Police will contact you within 4-6 weeks of the acceptance date to schedule an appointment for the site inspection. The State Police will make no more than 3 attempts to contact you, so if you receive a message from them, please call back immediately. If no appointment is made after 3 attempts, your application will be rejected and you will need to re-apply.
  • Please ensure you have reviewed the list of General Requirements and have met all the guidelines. The list of General Requirements is provided with the application, and also sent with your application acceptance letter.
  • Within 2-3 weeks of the inspection date, you will receive a Registration Application Card at your business address if the site inspection has been acceptable and your application approved by the Registrar. This card requires an Insurance stamp.
  • Once you return the stamped card, and pay the appropriate fees, you will be issued a General Registration and plate(s). This process can be completed either in person at 25 Newport Avenue Extension, Quincy Headquarters, or by mail.


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