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Dealer Manual

Changes in law or policy may require periodic updates to the Dealer Manual. Revised chapters are no longer mailed to licensees, but will be placed on the Michigan Department of State's website with revision dates for comparison. Any corresponding chapters in your Dealer Manual having dates that do not match the revision dates should be removed and replaced.  

Issues that significantly impact dealers and their businesses are typically announced in Dealer Bulletins and Dealer Newsletters. Dealers should regularly check their CARS e-Services account for important messages and updates.

NOTE: If a conflict appears between the language of this manual and the language of Michigan law, the law will prevail. Please refer to specific statute or consult an attorney if any conflict is perceived or encountered. The Michigan Vehicle Code can be accessed online at

Because of space limitations, the Dealer Manual only highlights basic requirements for Michigan dealers. It does not attempt to identify or explain every requirement of applicable law, rule or policy.


Chapter Number and Title  Revision Date
Table of Contents 11/2019 
Introduction 03/2014 
Important Telephone Numbers 11/2015 
Chapter 1: Licensing Requirements 02/2022
Chapter 2: Record Keeping Requirements 01/2021
Chapter 3: Titling and Registration 10/2021
Chapter 4: Odometer Requirements 01/2021
Chapter 5: Distressed Vehicles 03/2021
Chapter 6: Broker Requirements 11/2020
Chapter 7: RD-108 Application for Title and Registration 01/2021
Chapter 8: Sales Tax 02/2021
Chapter 9: Foreign Salvage Vehicle Dealers 01/2021
Appendix A: Forms and Publications 04/2015
Appendix B: Branch Offices by City 05/2022