Renewing your license

Please ensure that you have an active email address on file with the state so your dealership receives important licensing information and regulatory updates. Complete this form to update your contact email address.

The state sends license renewal applications approximately 45 days prior to the expiration date. Please be aware of your expiration dates to ensure your licenses are renewed on time. We encourage dealers to send their completed renewals to us so we can review the paperwork for accuracy and personally deliver all documents to the State of Michigan and avoid delays. If you have any questions, contact the MADA office at (800) 292-1923.

Go to:   Dealer license and plates   —   Repair facility license   —   Installment seller (finance) license


Dealer license and plates

  • Regulated by the Secretary of State
  • While most dealer licenses expire December 31st, any new/original dealer license issued on or after April 4, 2017 will have an anniversary-based expiration.  Therefore, renewal dates will vary.  Please be aware of your license expiration date.
  • FAQ Handout – helpful information from MADA to assist in the renewal process. 
  • Check your renewal status  – type your dealer license number (including the first two zeros) under “vehicle dealer number” and click “search.”  During the renewal period the page will include a renewal status column. The status will change to “active” once the state has renewed the license.
  • Dealers will receive a new wall license upon renewal.
  • Dealer plates will be mailed mid-February each year.

Repair facility license

  • Regulated by the Secretary of State
  • Repair facility licenses have varying renewal cycles. Please be aware of your license expiration date.
  • Check your renewal status – type your information in one of the search fields to look for your repair facility.  An alphabetical list of all facilities that fall within the search terms will be listed.
  • Repair facilities will receive a new wall license upon renewal.

Installment seller (finance) license

  • Regulated by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS)
  • The installment seller renewal cycle is April – June.
  • FAQ handout – helpful information from MADA to assist in the renewal process.
  • Check your renewal status – search and open the page for your dealership. The license renewal date will be listed next to the current calendar year.
  • Current wall licenses do not display an expiration date. Therefore, new wall licenses will not be mailed unless changes are made to dealership information listed on the license.

DIFS may review dealer files to ensure dealers are using the appropriate business name on bank contracts. Most dealers who require a permission letter already have one on file and will not need a new letter – unless of a name change. If you are unsure if you need a letter or already have one on file, please contact MADA.  * Sample permission letter *

DIFS may also review corporate and dba names associated with a dealership prior to renewing a license. MADA suggests that dealers check their corporate and dba names to make sure they are active and renewed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  * Check your corporate and dba names with LARA *