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Apply for a Used Car Dealer Class I, II, III Licenses


Used Car Dealer Class I, II, III Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission pursuant to and in accordance with Massachusetts General Law c. 140, §§ 57-59. It takes approximately four to six weeks for an application to be processed and a license to be issued, if approved.

How to Start

Step 1:

The applicant must obtain and complete the Application to Buy, Sell, Exchange or Assemble Second Hand Motor Vehicles or Parts thereof and the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form, and the Criminal Record Check form for the proposed owner(s) and manager of record.

Step 2:

The applicant submits the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form to the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) for zoning approval and sign off. If the use does not comply with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, the applicant has the option of applying for a variance or a special permit to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).

*On rare occasions, a proposed project may be subject to approval from the Planning Board instead of the BZA. ISD will advise the applicant if that is the case.

Step 3:

The applicant submits the application, all other forms, a sketch or plan on an 8.5" x 11" paper designating street and number and the proposed layout of the premises to be licensed, copy of the Articles of Organization (if a corporation ) or a copy of the Business Certificate from the City Clerk's Office, and the applicant's state license. The applicant pays $175 for a hearing and newspaper advertising fee and $10 for each Criminal Record Check form. The License Commission will schedule a hearing. The applicant must copy the ad and notify all legal abutters by certified mail, return receipt requested, and submit certified mail receipts. Before the hearing, the applicant must submit a letter from the landlord granting permission to use the property for such a business. The applicant must attend the hearing.

Step 4:

If the application is approved, the applicant must submit the Licensed Premises Inspection Approval form to an ISD building inspector for their approval and sign-off.

Step 5:

Once all documents are provided and the license fee is paid, the license will issue.


Fee: $175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $200.00 annual license fee; $10 for each Criminal Record Check form.

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