The dealer-operator of any new independent motor vehicle dealership is required to successfully complete a course of study before they are permitted to take the Independent Dealer-Operator Qualification Test at a DMV Customer Service Center. “Grandfathered” dealer-operators, title clerks and salespersons are also encouraged to take the course as regulations change regularly and the course has the most up-to-date information a prospective dealer-operator needs to know.
The Virginia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (VIADA) presents the two-day course at locations throughout the state and is taught by former dealers who have over 40+ years of experience combined.
REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE BY CLICKING ON EITHER THE CLASS DATE OR LOCATION. Registration for all classes ends at 12:00pm the day before the class. Registration for the class is $410.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: If you register more that 14 business days before the class date, you will receive a $50 early registration discount.
Both registration fees include a $35 MVDB fee which will be submitted by VIADA to the MVDB.
There is a $35 fee to reschedule to a different class/date. If you need to cancel your registration, a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds are provided for cancellations after 12:00pm noon on the Monday before the class, or not attending.
A minimum of 10 students is required for any class. Due to room sizes at various colleges, some classes are limited to 30-35 students with a maximum of 40 at those colleges with larger facilities. Be sure to register early to insure you get the location you prefer.
Class begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and ends each day at 5:00 p.m. Students receive one hour for lunch each day with several venues located nearby.
The course test is given at the end of instruction on the second day. You MUST pass this test with a grade of 80% BEFORE taking the final exam at a DMV Customer Service Center. Those who do not pass will be required to retake the course at their expense at a future time.
Listed below are the upcoming Dealer-Operator Pre-licensing Certification Training Courses.
2020 Classes and Dates
|July 14-15||Comfort Inn Suites – Manassas||7350 Williamson Blvd, Manassas VA 20109|
|August 4-5||Hampton Inn||3101 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, VA 23666|
|September 15-16||TBD Henrico, VA 23228|
||Comfort Inn Suites – Manassas||7350 Williamson Blvd, Manassas VA 20109|
|November 17-18||TBD Fredericksburg, VA 22408|
|December 8-9||TBD Henrico, VA 23228|
1) If you are going to start a new dealership, please download a “New Dealer Package” from the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB) website at: http://www.mvdb.virginia.gov/dealers/packet.aspx. For questions, call them in Richmond at 804-367-1100.
To go directly to the practice exam site, click this link: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/ske/#/SampleKnowledgeExam.
2) If you currently have a salesperson license and need to upgrade to a Dealer-Operator certificate of qualification, you can obtain the Dealer-Operator Study Guide from your local DMV Customer Service Center at the link in 1.b. above. After completing the Dealer-Operator course, you will not have to take the salesperson part of the exam at DMV – only the Dealer-Operator portion is required.
3) When attending the Dealer-operator class, please bring pencil or pen and a good calculator with which you are comfortable. Classes start at 8:00am and end around 5:00pm.
4) The course test will be given at the end of instruction on the second day. You must pass this test with a grade of 80% before taking the final exam at a DMV Customer Service Center. Those who do not pass will be required to retake the course at a future time. An additional fee is required.
Further information may be obtained from the MVDB or the VIADA staff at the above numbers.