Manufacturers and Distributors - Auto Industry Division

MOTOR VEHICLE/POWERSPORTS MANUFACTURER/DISTRIBUTOR

Motor Vehicle/Powersports Vehicle Distributor means a person, resident or nonresident, who, in whole or in part, sells or distributes new motor vehicles to motor vehicle dealers or who maintains distributor representatives.

Motor Vehicle/Powersports Vehicle Manufacturer means any person, firm, association, corporation, or trust, resident or nonresident, who manufactures or assembles new and unused motor vehicles; except that "manufacturer" shall not include: (a) Any person who only manufactures utility trailers that weigh less than two thousand pounds and does not manufacture any other type of motor vehicle; and (b) Any person, other than a manufacturer operating a dealer pursuant to section 12-6-120.5, who is a licensed dealer selling motor vehicles that such person has manufactured.

NOTE: Manufacturers may only sell motor vehicles/Powersports vehicles to dealers. Manufacturers may not enfranchise any dealers if they hold a dealer license.

Definitions for Motor Vehicle/Powersports Vehicle Manufacturer/Distributor can be found in C.R.S. 12-6-102(5), (11) or C.R.S. 12-6-502(12), (13).  Colorado Revised Statutes may be found on the Secretary of State website.

  • C.R.S. 12-6-102 (9) and (15) - Definitions
  • C.R.S. 12-6-502 (12) and (13) - Definitions
  • C.R.S. 12-6-115 (8) - Fingerprinting Requirement
  • C.R.S. 12-6-517 (8) - Fingerprinting Requirement 

12-6-115 (8) (a) with the submission of an application for any license issued under this part 1, each applicant shall submit a complete set of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation or the Auto industry Division for the purpose of conducting fingerprint-based criminal history record checks. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shall forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of conducting fingerprint-based criminal history record checks. The Board or the Executive Director shall use the information resulting from the fingerprint-based criminal history record check to investigate and determine whether an applicant is qualified to be licensed. The Board or the Executive Director may verify the information an applicant is required to submit. The applicant shall pay the costs associated with the fingerprint-based criminal history record check to the Colorado bureau of Investigation.

12-6-517 (8) (a) with the submission of an application for any license issued under this part 5, each applicant shall submit a complete set of fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation or the Auto industry Division for the purpose of conducting fingerprint-based criminal history record checks. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shall forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of conducting fingerprint-based criminal history record checks. The board or the Executive Director shall use the information resulting from the fingerprint-based criminal history record check to investigate and determine whether an applicant is qualified to be licensed. The Board or the Executive Director may verify the information an applicant is required to submit. The applicant shall pay the costs associated with the fingerprint-based criminal history record check to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

All Auto Industry applications and forms require that a licensee use their FULL LEGAL name as shown on the applicants Driver License or Identification Card

The following documents are required for a complete motor vehicle/powersports vehicle manufacturer or distributor application :

In addition to the above information a distributor must also provide the following:

  • Copy of the distributor agreement with the manufacturer.
  • Name and license number of manufacturer

DETAILED EXPLANATION OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Secure Verifiable Identification — A photocopy of an appropriate identification such as a Colorado Driver License. For more information visit the Secretary of State website.
  • Verification of Fingerprints (DR 2197) Form & Fingerprint Card - Ensure that 2 fingerprint cards are filled out completely and signed, bearing separately captured fingerprints.  The DR2197 - Verification of Fingerprints form must be filled out and signed by the person performing the fingerprinting.  Verification of fingerprints must be completed by the Auto Industry Division or any law enforcement agency that takes fingerprints. A fee will be charged by all agencies. Fingerprint are not required for additional or renewal applications. 
  • Manufacturer Certificate or Origin (MCO) – means a document issued by a vehicle manufacturer which establishes ownership of the new vehicle prior to the vehicle being titled.  This document is created by the manufacturer.
  • Court Records:
  • If the applicant has ever been charged with, convicted of, received a deferred judgment/sentence, or pled no contest, to any felony, full details must be provided including type of crime, date, place of conviction, sentence received, etc. Certified court records must be included with the application.
  • If the applicant has been charged with, convicted of, received a deferred judgment/sentence, or pled no contest, to any misdemeanor crime in the past ten years, full details must be provided including type of crime, date, place of conviction, sentence received, etc. Certified court records must be included with the application.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide rehabilitation information for their criminal convictions.
  • Written Correspondence — If you have anything you wish the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board to take into account or need to explain any licensing character, criminal character, or financial character issues please provide it with the application. Failure to disclose any licensing character, criminal character, or financial character issues in writing with the application is considered a material misstatement and may result in your license being denied. When in doubt provide an explanation.

You cannot hold a license issued by the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue through the Auto Industry Division if you have been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years of an Article 3, 4, or 5 if Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes or any crime involving odometer, salvage, motor vehicle title fraud, or the defrauding of a retail consumer in a motor vehicle sale or lease transaction.

 See C.R.S. 12-6-118(7)(a) and C.R.S. 12-6-520(6)(a).

  • Article 3 of Title 18 includes but is not limited to crimes against persons such as murder, assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, custody violation, menacing weapon, vehicular homicide, manslaughter, criminal extortion and enticing a child.
  • Article 4 of Title 18 includes but is not limited to crimes against property, arson, theft, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief over $500, criminal trespass in the 1st degree and unlawful transfer for sale (copyright infringement).
  • Article 5 of Title 18 includes but is not limited to fraud, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument or forging instrument, criminal impersonation, fraud by check (over $500), commercial bribery, bribery in sports and equity skimming.

Any license issued by the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue through the Auto Industry Division may be denied, suspended, or revoked if a material misstatement is made in an application for a license. A “Material Misstatement” means any false or misleading statement, omission, or misrepresentation regarding personal identification information, employment history, prior occupational licensing history, criminal background and history, including filings, indictments, municipal, misdemeanor, and/or felony convictions and deferred judgments.

For additional information contact the Auto Industry Division at (303) 205-5604.

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