Dealer Deputy - What Is It and How to Become One
A dealer deputy is a licensed auto dealer who a county tax assessor-collector has deputized to provide vehicle titling and registration services, with the same authority as that of the county tax office.
A dealer deputy holds inventory and assigns license plates and stickers through webDEALER. Importantly, a dealer deputy may charge a Title Convenience Fee of up to $10.00 (with county approval) and retain $1.00 of the Process and Handling Fee. Unless otherwise authorized, a dealer deputy may only provide titling and initial registration services for those transactions in which the dealer deputy purchased, sold or exchanged a vehicle.
How Does One Become a Dealer Deputy?
There are several steps to take before serving as a dealer deputy:
- A licensed dealer must follow the application process as set out by the county tax assessor-collector
- A dealer must post a bond, payable to the county tax assessor-collector, in an amount determined by that office
- A dealer must be trained to perform motor vehicle title and registration services
- Once approved to serve as a dealer deputy, a dealer will keep a separate accounting of fees collected and remitted to the county, and a record of daily receipts