Motor Vehicle and Retail Supply Dealer Salesman

Auto Dealers Detail - HPDADD1010
Contact
Houston Police Department
Auto Dealers Detail

Physical Address:
1002 Washington Ave., Basement
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3408
Houston, TX 77253-3408

832.394.4800
832.394.4801
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$74.99
Renewal fee
$64.28
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
1 hour

About

A person who works at a Motor Vehicle and Retail Supply Dealer business selling motor vehicles and new automotive parts and accessories at retail prices.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on premises.

An annual, non-scheduled, unannounced inspection can be conducted at anytime to ensure compliance.

Renewal invoices are sent 30 to 45 days prior to expiration date.

Conditions & Exceptions

If the license is not renewed within 90 days after expiration, the applicant will have to re-apply as new and pay initial fee cost.

What You Need
  • Salesman license application
  • Criminal background check - The background check is conducted at an IdentoGo site. 
  • Current Texas ID or government-issued ID 
  • Passport-style photo no smaller than 1.5 inches by 2 inches
  • Method of payment: business check, cashier's check, or money order. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted in person only.

Apply in Person
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 between 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  3. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  4. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called. 
  5. Pay the license fee at the Cashier's station located on the first floor. 
  6. Bring the receipt back down to Auto Dealers station in the basement.
  7. The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new business including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check. Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the business application is published.
  8. Approval or denial is decided by the Board at the hearing: 
    • If denied, the applicant will be notified by letter.
    • If approved, the license will be processed and may be obtained in person at the hearing or mailed to address on file.
Apply by Mail
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 between 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. Mail the completed application, required documents and payment (checks payable to the City of Houston) to:
    Houston Police Department
    Auto Dealers Detail
    PO Box 3408
    Houston, TX 77253-3408
  3. The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new business including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check. Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the business application is published.
  4. Approval or denial is decided by the Board at the hearing.
    • If denied, the applicant will be notified by letter.
    • If approved, the license will be processed and may be obtained in person at the hearing or mailed to address on file.
What You Need
  • Invoice (mailed 30 to 45 days prior to expiration date)
  • Criminal background check - The background check is conducted at an IdentoGo site. 
  • Current Texas ID or government-issued ID 
  • Passport-style photo no smaller than 1.5 inches by 2 inches
  • Method of payment: business check, cashier's check, or money order. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted in person only.
Renew in Person
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 between 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. If the background check passes, bring the invoice and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  3. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  4. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
  5. Pay the renewal fee at the Cashier's station located on the first floor.
  6. Bring the receipt back down to Auto Dealers station in the basement to receive the new license.

If the background check fails, contact Auto Dealers for next steps.

Renew by Mail
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 between 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. If the background check passes, mail the invoice and payment (checks payable to the City of Houston) to:
    Houston Police Department
    Auto Dealers Detail
    PO Box 3408
    Houston, TX 77253-3408
  3. The new license will be mailed to the address on file.

If the background check fails, contact Auto Dealers for next steps.

Conditions & Exceptions

Applicant must pass a background check.

If the license is not renewed within 90 days after expiration, the applicant will have to re-apply as new and pay initial fee cost.