Administering the Laws and Regulations to the Motor Vehicle Dealers of the Commonwealth of Virginia


The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB) was established in 1995 by the Virginia General Assembly.  The MVDB, a state agency, is charged with the regulation and oversight of the vehicle dealer industry. 


Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB)

Housed in the historic Book Bindery building in Richmond, the MVDB has a dedicated staff consisting of 16 employees providing licensing, education and consumer assistance to the dealer community and consumers.

Throughout the Commonwealth, MVDB has 12 Field Representatives providing on hand support, field inspections, education and guidance to the dealer community. 



Effective July 1, 2015, this bill expanded the Board’s responsibilities to include the licensing and regulatory responsibility for recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and trailer dealers from the DMV to the MVDB.

HB2189 simplifies regulation of many motor vehicle dealer laws and regulations under one “umbrella” and provides consistent representation for both independent and franchise dealers representation motor vehicles, recreational, motorcycle, and trailer dealers and auto buying consumers.


The Board

The Board consists of nineteen members of which the governor appoints eighteen. Ten members are licensed franchise (“new”) motor vehicle dealers of which one is primarily engaged in the sale of new motorcycles, and seven members are independent (“used”) dealers of which one is a licensed independent motorcycle dealers and one shall be a licensed independent dealer who is also an independent trailer or recreational vehicle dealer or engaged in the rental vehicle business. One member is an individual who has no direct or indirect interest other than as a consumer, in or relating to the motor vehicle industry; and the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, who serves as the Board’s chairman.

Members of the Board represent all areas of the Commonwealth. In addition, they represent all levels of ownership. Board members include those that own several dealerships (“mega dealers”) to those with small operations and just a few employees. This cross section ensures that all perspectives of the industry have a voice on the Board.