The 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 604 requiring Independent Motor Vehicle Dealers who have been licensed less than 10 years, and new applicants for those licenses, to complete a web-based education training course prior to submitting a new or renewal GDN application.
The dealers required to take this course are licensed to buy, sell, or exchange used cars, trucks, motor homes, neighborhood electric vehicles, recreational off-road vehicles (ROV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), or utility vehicles (UTV).
An additional vendor, Automobile Dealer Training Association LLC, has been approved to provide a license renewal course and a pre-licensing course, and these courses are available at texasdealers.com.
In addition to approved license renewal and pre-licensing courses, the Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association (TIADA) is now offering the pre-licensing course in Spanish by selecting en Español. TIADA’s licensing education courses can be found at texasdealereducation.com.
The education training course must be completed by at least one owner or operating manager, and a copy of the Certificate of Completion must be uploaded as part of all new and renewal GDN Motor Vehicle license applications.
Dealers licensed for more than 10 years as of September 1, 2019, are excluded from this requirement. All license holders who have not held their current Independent Motor Vehicle GDN for the required 10-year period will be asked to provide proof of course completion as part of their renewal application. License holders with more than 10 years of licensing history may upload a statement in lieu of completing the renewal course.
More information about the education requirement, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the TxDMV website here.
Monique Johnston, Director
Motor Vehicle Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles