Current through Register Vol. 53, No. 8, April 19, 2021
Section 13:21-15.2 - Application(a) An application for a dealer or leasing dealer license required to be obtained under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:10-19 shall be verified by an oath or affirmation of the applicant and shall be on forms prescribed by the Commission and furnished to such applicants.(b) An initial applicant, if a natural person, shall undergo a criminal background check by submitting his or her fingerprints in the manner prescribed in the application. 1. An applicant for renewal who first received a license pursuant to this subchapter prior to June 1, 2002 shall submit his or her fingerprints in the manner prescribed in the application with the first renewal application submitted after March 6, 2006.(c) The initial applicant, if a business entity other than a natural person, shall undergo a criminal background check by submitting the fingerprints in the manner prescribed in the application of each officer, director, controlling person or partner. 1. An applicant for renewal, if a business entity that first received a license pursuant to this subchapter prior to June 1, 2002 other than a natural person, shall submit the fingerprints of each officer, director, or controlling person or partner in the manner prescribed in the application with the first renewal application submitted after March 6, 2006.(d) The applicant for an initial license, or at least one officer, director, or controlling person, if the applicant is other than a natural person, shall attend a prelicensure interview as scheduled by the Commission, at which time the applicant will be examined as to his or her knowledge of the lawful conduct of the business of buying, selling, or dealing in motor vehicles in New Jersey; in the event that the applicant cannot demonstrate adequate knowledge thereof, the Commission may require the applicant to attend a training program.(e) At the time of initial application, the applicant shall submit a copy of the Federal notice of his or her tax identification number and his or her New Jersey sales tax certificate of authority.(f) At the time of initial application, the applicant shall submit a list of all proposed authorized signatories to be listed on the license application and the licensee shall notify the Commission within 10 days of any change in that list on forms prescribed by the Commission; every application shall include an affidavit by each authorized signatory that he or she has neither been convicted of a crime arising out of fraud or misrepresentation nor previously held a license issued by the Chief Administrator or the Commission, which license was revoked and not reissued. Upon request from the Chief Administrator, the licensee shall produce documentation demonstrating that each authorized signatory meets the definition of authorized signatory.(g) All applicants shall disclose whether or not they intend to trade or to do business under a name other than the name in which the application is filed. Subsequent to licensing, a dealer shall be required to report to the Commission any additional business name or changes in existing names under which the dealer intends to do business.(h) Photographs and/or plans that clearly depict the complete premises, including proposed signage, from which premises a dealer intends to do business shall be submitted with the initial application for a dealer license along with proof that the premises comply with all zoning, planning, use and environmental laws, rules and ordinances and that all activities permitted by the license will be permitted therein. In no event will an application for a license be approved until the premises are suitable for use as a dealership at the time of the initial compliance inspection by the Commission.(i) The applicant shall submit a true copy of the deed to the premises in the name of the applicant or, if the applicant does not own the premises, a contract for purchase of the premises enforceable by the applicant or a lease or an enforceable contract to lease the premises for a term of at least one year in favor of the applicant.(j) Unless the business hours of the applicant will be no fewer than 48 hours per week between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, the applicant shall submit with his or her initial application a schedule of business hours, of which no fewer than 20 hours per week shall occur between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday.(k) The applicant shall submit current color passport-type photographs of the applicant, if an individual, or of all partners, members, officers, directors, or shareholders with controlling interests, if a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, respectively, and of all authorized signatories whose names are submitted pursuant to (f) above.(l) At some time during the application process prior to licensure, the applicant shall submit a certificate of insurance demonstrating liability insurance covering all vehicles owned or operated by the applicant, at his or her request or with his or her consent. This insurance shall be in the amount of $ 100,000 per person per incident up to $ 250,000 per incident for bodily injury or death, $ 25,000 per incident for property damage, and $ 250,000 combined personal injury and property damage per incident. This insurance shall be renewed as necessary to ensure that it remains valid for the entire prospective license term.(m) At the time of initial application, an applicant who intends to sell new motor vehicles shall submit a copy of the applicant's franchise agreement(s) with any motor vehicle franchisor, as defined in N.J.S.A. 56:10-26. This requirement shall not apply to vehicles or franchisors specifically exempt from N.J.S.A. 56:10-26 through 31. 1. An applicant for renewal shall submit a copy of the applicant's franchise agreement(s) with any motor vehicle franchisor, as defined in N.J.S.A. 56:10-26. This requirement shall not apply to vehicles or franchisors specifically exempt from N.J.S.A. 56:10-26 through 31.(n) Misrepresentation of any facts or failure to fulfill any of the commitments made in the license application, including, but not limited to, commitments concerning the establishment of a place of business, shall be grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of the license.
N.J. Admin. Code § 13:21-15.2Amended by 49 N.J.R. 1443(b), effective June 5, 2017