Buyer’s license

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If you are employed by a licensed dealer or wholesaler, you may apply for a buyer’s license. The buyer’s license allows you to bid on and purchase vehicles at wholesale motor vehicle auctions or dealerships. In order to buy vehicles for more than one employer, you must have a separate buyer's license for each employer. To do this you must submit a separate application signed by each employer. Employees of dealers or wholesalers that are licensed out of state may qualify for a buyer’s license.

To qualify for a buyer’s license, you must be at least 18 years old and you cannot have been convicted of a crime directly related to the sale of motor vehicles.

Licensed buyers can only buy vehicles on behalf of their employer(s). They cannot use the buyer’s license to buy vehicles for their own or other’s use.

Buyer’s cards expire on the same date as the employer’s dealer or wholesaler license. For out-of-state card holders, the length of the licensure of buyer’s identification cards has changed. Your Wisconsin credential now expires on the same date as your home state dealer license. This is a change from previous practice when all licenses expired on July 31st. The fee for a buyer’s license expiring in one year or less is $6. The fee for a buyer’s license expiring in more than a year is $12.

To apply for a new, renewal or replacement buyer’s license:

  • Complete, print and sign the Buyer’s License Application form MV2941. Instructions for completing the form are included at the bottom of the form.
  • Have your employing dealer or wholesaler sign the form.
  • If you will be bidding on vehicles for more than one employer, you must submit a separate, signed application for each employer.
  • If the employer is an out-of-state business, include a copy of the dealer or wholesaler license or other credential authorizing the business to operate in that state or jurisdiction.

NOTE:  If you are a dealer outside the continental United States, read instructions on how to apply for a Wisconsin Buyer’s License or Salvage Buyer Identification Card (BID Card).

 

NOTE: All licenses are mailed to the dealer license credential address only. No faxes, emails or photocopies will be sent in lieu of the actual license.

The Dept. of Transportation’s Dealer and Agent Section has changed the length of licensure for buyer’s licenses and salvage buyer identification cards for out of state dealers. Your Wisconsin credential now expires on the same date as your home state dealer license, for a maximum of 12 months. This is a change from previous practice when all licenses expired on July 31st. Please note this change and ensure you include an updated dealer license with your next renewal application. Please contact the Dealer and Agent Hotline at 608-266-1425 if you have questions relating to your Wisconsin credential.

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