Manufacturer

You need a manufacturer license if you are a person who is engaged in the business of manufacturing or assembling new motor vehicles or major component parts of motor vehicles, or both, and sells new motor vehicles to dealers, wholesale dealers, distributors, or the general public*. The term includes the following:

(1) A factory branch office of the manufacturer.

(2) A partnership, a firm, an association, a joint venture, a limited liability company, a corporation, or a trust, resident or nonresident, that is controlled by the manufacturer.

*Sales to the general public are only permissible in certain instances. Please refer to Ind. Code 9-32-11-20 for additional details.

Questions about completing the license application?  Please review our License Application Guide.

You need a manufacturer representative certificate if you are an agent that can act on behalf of a manufacturer licensed in Indiana. The manufacturer must apply for the representative certificate on your behalf.

Step 1 - Important legal review

We encourage those wanting to obtain their manufacturer license in the State of Indiana to review the applicable state statutes (Indiana Code 9-32) and administrative rules (Indiana Administrative Code Title 75) regarding dealer licensing. Indiana statutes and rules can be found on the General Assembly’s website at iga.in.gov.

Step 2 - Completing the application

Online application - available here.

Paper application - State Form 56190 available here.

Please review the application before filing it out and be sure to fill it out completely and submit all required documents with the application. Failure to include required information or documents can delay the processing of your application. The license application must be completed by a dealer owner or dealer manager.

The following must be submitted with the completed application. For additional details, please see the license application guide above:

  1. Zoning Affidavit (SF 55936)
  2. Indiana Vehicle Merchandising Certificate/Bond (SF 53966)
  3. Certificate of Insurance
  4. Photos of the Established Place of Business
  5. Business Entity Documentation
  6. Retail Merchant Certificate
  7. Photo Identification
  8. Background Check
  9. License Fee

Questions about completing the license application? Check out the following resources:

Step 3 - Submit the application

If you choose to complete the paper application, please send your documents to our office at one of the addresses below. Please include your dealer name in the memo line of any check you submit to our office

Mail:    Office of the Indiana Secretary of State
Auto Dealer Services Division
302 W. Washington St.
Room E-111
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Email: dealers@sos.in.gov (please put License Application in the subject line)