To become a registered dealer or salesperson, follow the application process.
Note: Your application cannot be approved until you have completed the OMVIC certification course.
Note: Applications cannot be accepted unless the certificate of dealer (section F) has been completed
Note: The cost of the Automotive Certification Course is not included in the OMVIC registration fee
Note: Applicants are required to be forthright and properly disclose any information to OMVIC related to past bankruptcies. OMVIC will then request an explanation of the circumstances and a copy of the statement of affairs and discharge, to determine if a lack of financial responsibility played a role. Bankruptcies rarely lead to a refusal or revocation for salespeople.
Dealers have raised concerns about the use of words in a dealer’s name that may be misleading. For example, names which incorporate words or phrases such as wholesale, at cost, liquidation and factory direct may lead customers to believe that they will enjoy special pricing otherwise unavailable.
OMVIC now restricts the use of these words in dealership names and will no longer register legal or trade names which fall into this category.
Note: Although this change will not be retroactive, OMVIC will continue to closely monitor the advertising practices of dealers who have names that may not accurately describe their business. Advertising produced by (or on behalf of) such a dealer will need to prominently indicate the true nature of their business.
The MVDA states that a dealer or salesperson whose registration is refused, revoked or refused renewal can reapply for registration if both of these conditions are met:
If OMVIC’s registrar considers it in the public interest, he or she may order a temporary suspension that takes effect immediately. The dealer/salesperson can make a written appeal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT). This temporary suspension expires 15 days after LAT has received the written request for a hearing; if LAT starts the hearing within that 15 days, it can extend the expiry date of the temporary suspension.
If you believe you may be exempt from OMVIC registration refer to the list of registration exemptions.