Frequently Asked Questions
for Motor Vehicles
What is the license period for Motor Vehicle licenses?
October 1st through September 30th each year.
What is the Consumer Credit Code?
The Consumer Credit Code, formerly the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act, 12 Pa. C.S. 6101 et. Seq, outlines all motor vehicle regulatory requirements for licensing and other activities involving motor vehicle financing and repossessing.
What is a Vehicle Dealer (VD) number?
A prospective dealer must follow the instructions contained in Pub 459 (PDF), "Requirements on Becoming a Dealer" in order to receive their Dealer Identification Number and dealer plates.
What is a Dealer Identification Number (DIN)?
The Dealer Identification Number (DIN) is issued by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) after they have completed an inspection of the dealership and you have received the Vehicle Dealer number (VD number) from the Department of State.
Where do I get my FIN number?
PennDOT issues your Financial Institution Number. The Financial Institution Number (FIN) is a unique ID assigned by PennDOT and used on the MV-38L (PDF). This is not the same as an FEIN number assigned by the IRS. More information can be found on PennDOT’s website www.dmv.pa.gov/Vehicle-Services/Title-Registration
What is ELT and how do I get set up for this?
Auto dealers can enroll in PennDOT's Electronic Lien and Title (PDF) program, you can find more information on their website. www.dmv.pa.gov/Vehicle-Services/Title-Registration
If I already performed Pennsylvania or FBI background check requests, do I need to do them again when applying for my new license?
Yes, background check requests must be done using the instructions provided in the application. All criminal history requests must be dated within 30 days of submission of the application to the Department Banking and Securities.
How do I renew my license?
Renewal notices will be emailed to the Licensing Contact email address that was provided on the initial application or on the last renewal application no later than July 15th each year. All renewals must be completed online prior to September 30th. You must use the License Number and Package ID number provided to renew the license online at www.boa.pa.gov.
Will my approved license be mailed to me?
No. Approved, renewed licenses must be printed by you by going back to www.boa.pa.gov and using your License number and Package ID to download and print your approved renewed license.
* For new applicants, NEW motor vehicle license certificates are emailed to the Licensing Contact listed on your application.
** All New Collector Repossessor Driver Cards will be emailed to the Licensing Contact listed on your application.
How do I change the address of my business location?
Complete and submit an Address Change Form (PDF).
How do I update officers, owners, and office managers on my license?
Complete and submit an MVSF Branch Officer, Owner, Office Manager Change Form (PDF).
What if I change my business structure from a Sole Proprietor to another business structure such as an LLC or Corporation?
- You must notify the Department of Banking and Securities within 15 Days of this change.
- If your EIN number changes, you must re-apply for a new license.
- If your EIN number remains the same, you must provide proof in the form of a letter you obtained from the Internal Revenue Service showing the name of the new company and the EIN number as well as submit a Name Change Form (PDF).