Renewing your license

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 
  • All dealer licenses  expire on December 31.
  • FAQ Handout – helpful information from MADA to assist in the renewal process. 
  • If you choose to renew online, log in to your account at CARS e-Services (Business Services >> Dealer Services)
    Select the license number you wish to renew.  Once renewed the expiration date will be updated.
  • 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.
  • If you choose to renew online, log in to your account at CARS e-Services (Business Services >> Repair Facility Services)
    Select the license number you wish to renew. Once renewed the expiration date will be updated.
  • Repair facilities will receive a new wall license upon renewal.

Installment seller (finance) license

  • Regulated by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS)
  • Renewal packets are emailed 45 days prior to the renewal due date.
  • 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 *