Salvage buyer identification (BID) card

If you are a licensed dealer, wholesaler or salvage dealer or their employee, you may apply for the Salvage Buyer Identification (BID) Card. The BID card allows you to bid on vehicles at motor vehicle salvage pools (auctions that sell wrecked vehicles only). You may have a BID card for more than one employer. However, you must submit a separate BID card application signed by each employer. Employees of dealers, wholesalers, and salvage dealers that are licensed out-of-state may also qualify for a Wisconsin BID card.

To qualify for a BID card, you must be at least 18 years old. You cannot have been convicted of a crime directly related to the sale of motor vehicles.

BID card users can only buy vehicles on behalf of their employer. BID card users cannot buy vehicles for personal use.

BID cards expire on the same date as the employer’s dealer license. For out-of-state card holders, your Wisconsin credential expires on the same date as your home state dealer license or 12 months from the date we receive the application, whichever is sooner.

  • The fee for an out-of-state BID card is $6.
  • The fee for an in-state BID card expiring in less than a year is $6.
  • The fee for an in-state BID card expiring in more than a year is $12.

To apply for a new, renewal, or replacement BID card:

  • Complete, print and sign the Salvage Buyer Identification (BID) Card Application form MV2651. See the application instructions on the form MV2651 for more information.
  • Have your employing dealer, wholesaler or salvage dealer 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 photocopy of the dealer, wholesaler, or salvage dealer license or other credential authorizing the business to operate in that state or jurisdiction. If the license is not in English, attach an English translation.

Are you a veteran? You may qualify for a fee waiver for an initial license. Find out more!

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.

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If you have questions or to request BID Card application materials mailed to you: