If I’ve been convicted of a felony, can I still get a dealer license? Well, it depends. If you’ve been convicted of a felony, you’ll need to prove that your civil rights have been restored. However, if you’ve been convicted of a motor vehicle dealer crime, you’re more than likely not going to be able to get a dealer license. Nonviolent crimes (like a DUI for example) generally will not result in you not getting your dealer license. If you’re unsure if you’re eligible for a dealer license because you have something on your record, consider applying for what is called an “abbreviated application”. An abbreviated application will allow you to see if you would be approved for dealer license before going through the hassle of getting a car lot or purchasing a car dealer bond. To see if your state allows for an abbreviated application, contact your local DMV or your DOL – Department of Licensing.