How do I know if I need a sales licence?

Individuals in Alberta can sell their own private vehicles as they wish. If someone is selling vehicles as a business, they need to be properly licensed by AMVIC. Even if it is just one car purchased to flip, in other words reselling it to someone else, that seller would be required to have a salesperson registration and a retail sales licence from AMVIC.

Related:

According to the provincial Automotive Business Regulation (Fair Trading Act) the following types of automotive businesses must be licensed. Businesses can apply to the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) for any of the following categories of automotive business licence. If your business performs more than one activity, you must have a licence for each class.

Licence class

Allows a business to…

Sell to consumers?

Retail sales
  • Sell new or used vehicles to the general public.
  • Display vehicles for sale.
  • Purchase vehicles from the general public.
yes
Wholesale
  • Sell, consign and exchange vehicles only with other automotive businesses and never to consumers. 
  • Export vehicles outside of Canada.
  • Purchase vehicles from consumers only to sell to an automotive business.
  • Business must provide a $50,000 security to AMVIC in the form of cash, irrevocable letter of credit or security bond.
no
Lease
  • Lease vehicles to the public for a period longer than 120 days.
no
Consignment
  • Sell vehicles on behalf of consumers as per a signed consignment agreement.
  • Sell to consumers
  • Business must provide a $100,000 security to AMVIC in the form of cash, irrevocable letter of credit or security bond.
yes
Repair
Automotive repair subcategories
  • Repair, service, install parts/equipment to vehicles.
  • Dismantle and recycle vehicles for parts.
  • Service and repair businesses must have a licensed service technician on site. Click here for more information.
no
Agent/broker
  • Negotiate the purchase, lease, or sale of a vehicle on behalf of a consumer.
  • Receive payment only for negotiation services.
no