San Jose Auto Dealer License Training Class
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You CANNOT get a California Auto Dealer License until you take the class.

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The automotive industry in California has long been a thriving sector, and in a city like San Jose, the demand for quality vehicles and dealerships remains high. For aspiring entrepreneurs eyeing a venture in this lucrative domain, the California Dealer Academy stands as a beacon of knowledge and opportunity. Aspiring dealers flock to this institution, seeking guidance on how to navigate the complexities of obtaining a dealer license and understanding the nuances of the San Jose market.

The Road to Becoming a Licensed Dealer in San Jose

The process of acquiring a dealer license in San Jose, California, is multi-faceted and demands a comprehensive understanding of the legal, financial, and operational aspects of the automotive trade. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administers stringent regulations and requirements for individuals seeking to open a dealership.

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How to get a California Auto Dealer License in San Jose

  1. Choose your license type:
    • Retail Dealer: Buys and sells vehicles directly to consumers.
    • Wholesale Dealer: Buys and sells vehicles to other dealers, not consumers.
  2. Fulfill prerequisites:
    • Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or lawful resident.
    • Pass a background check conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
    • Have a valid California driver's license.
  3. Complete pre-licensing education:
  4. Obtain a permanent business location:
    • Have a physical location in California that meets zoning requirements and is approved by the DMV for vehicle sales.
    • Post a surety bond in the amount of $50,000 to protect consumers.
  5. Submit application & fees:
    • Complete and submit the DMV Occupational License Part A application online.
    • Pay the application fee and any other required fees.
    • Provide necessary documentation, including proof of business location, bond purchase, and pre-licensing education completion.

San Jose: A Unique Market for Dealerships

The city of San Jose presents a unique landscape for aspiring car dealers. Its diverse population, economic stability, and tech-oriented culture contribute to a robust automotive market.

Factors Making San Jose an Appealing Market for Used Auto Sales

  • Affluent Demographic: San Jose boasts a population with a high disposable income, making it an attractive market for used vehicle sales.
  • Technological Innovation: As a hub for technology and innovation, the city embraces advancements in electric and autonomous vehicles, creating a niche for dealerships specializing in these segments.
  • Urban Development: Ongoing urban development projects increase the need for personal transportation, presenting opportunities for dealerships catering to various demographics.
  • Competitive Landscape: While competition exists, the demand for quality vehicles and excellent customer service allows new dealerships to carve a niche with unique offerings and customer- focused approaches.

California Dealer Academy stands as a gateway for individuals aspiring to venture into the automotive industry in San Jose. Equipped with the knowledge gained from the academy, combined with an understanding of the unique market dynamics of San Jose, entrepreneurs embarking on this journey have a solid foundation to establish successful and compliant dealerships. The road to becoming a licensed dealer in San Jose may be rigorous, but with the right education and understanding, the rewards of thriving in this vibrant automotive market are well within reach.


In order to get your car dealers license, you’re required to take a 6 hour course through a certified dealer education provider, like California Dealer Academy, in order to get certified.

In class you'll learn:

  • How to buy cars at auction.
  • How much does it cost to open a dealership.
  • How do you process the paperwork after you sell a car.
  • How do you process your dealer license application


We offer professional consulting services for all your auto dealership needs.

  • Set up a new California used auto dealership
  • Move your dealership or company to California from another state
  • Change your address
  • Get a manufacturers license
  • Train sales staff
  • Set up or train a Finance & Insurance (F&I) Department
  • California dealer compliance audit

...and much more!
Contact Us to Learn More

At California Dealer Academy, we can help you with something as basic as helping you with your application, to doing it for you from start to finish.

Feel free to call the owner directly to get more information.
Garrett Eddings 760-681-1757
Garrett Eddings, Owner, California Dealer Academy

Interested in signing up for a class? No matter if you want to do our live webinar or our self-paced study course, we have a quick and easy solution that will get you certified in no time.

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