The Department of State has sent notices to remind Pennsylvania dealerships that dealers and salespersons must renew their licenses online by May 31, 2019.
License renewals are available 60 days prior to the license expiration date. Dealers already in the online system will receive an email notification when their renewal is available. Dealers who are not in the system will mailed a renewal notice for the first year.
Dealers can visit www.pals.pa.gov to renew their license. Paper renewals are no longer permitted. User IDs and passwords can be recovered through available links, if needed. From the PALs Dashboard, click the “Renew” box located at the top of the screen. Documentation for certain questions must be uploaded with the application prior to submission.
Click “Continue” to review your application and “Add to Cart” to proceed through the payment process and submit the renewal to the Board.
Please note that a “Saved” renewal application is not completed. An application is only submitted after you complete the payment process after clicking “Add to Cart.”
Dealers will receive an email confirming that their license is renewed. Paper licenses will arrive in the mail in approximately 7-10 business days, according to the Department of State.
Employers can verify the status of licenses at www.pals.pa.gov/verify. For vehicle salespersons, the employing dealership must renew their dealer license prior to your salesperson license. Your license renewal will remain on hold until your employing dealership renews their license.Fines may be assessed on each vehicle sold by an unlicensed dealer or salesperson. Until the dealership renews, the sales licenses will not renew.
Initial and Reactivated Salesperson License Require Criminal Checks
Current criminal history record checks (CHRC) are required for all initial and reactivated salesperson licenses. These checks must be completed within 90 days of the license application or the application will be returned.
For applicants living, working, or completing training/studies in Pennsylvania, your CHRC request will be automatically submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police upon submission of application. The PATCH fee will be included at checkout. Your PA CHRC will be sent directly to the Board/Commission. You will be notified if additional action is required.
For individuals living, working, or completing training/studies outside of Pennsylvania during the past five (5) years, in lieu of obtaining individual state background checks, you may elect to provide BOTH a state CHRC from the state in which you currently reside, and your FBI Identity History Summary Check, available at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks.