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Recertification Program

Required continuing education for Independent Dealer-Operators

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Independent Dealer-Operator Recertification Program

§ 46.2-1583 through § 46.2-1589
The Independent Dealer-Operator Recertification Program is a required educational program administered by the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board. State law requires Independent Dealer-Operators to recertify every 24 months (2 Years) by completing an instructor led course (virtual or in person). The education instruction duration is a minimum of four hours and an exam is given at the conclusion of the instruction.

Since 2011, thousands of students have participated in the Independent Dealer-Operator recertification education program. This continuing education program encompasses the following objectives:

  • Flexible continuing education choices
  • Course materials that emphasize recent changes in state and federal laws, regulations, and court decisions that impact the “used car” business as well as reinforce knowledge on older laws and regulations;
  • Providing reasonable and practical times to meet the recertification requirement;
  • Building professional development and raising standards on the Independent Dealer-Operator Certification

Independent Dealer-Operators who stay informed of changes in laws and regulations are more likely to succeed in business, have more satisfied customers, and need less regulatory oversight.

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Program Guidelines

Recertification Schedule

Every Independent Dealer-Operator who wishes to maintain their dealer-operator qualification must recertify their qualification every 24 months (2 years). An Independent Dealer-Operator’s recertification schedule is based on the month and year in which you were originally certified as a Dealer-Operator, or your last recertification completion month. 

The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board has your original qualification information on file and you will receive the recertification notice well in advance of your recertification deadline.  This ensures the Independent Dealer-Operator has ample time to schedule the continuing education without disrupting business activities.  This recertification notice will be emailed to the Independent Dealer-Operator’s email address on file at the Board.  Please keep us informed of any email address changes by email  ann.majors@mvdb.virginia.gov, advising us this is an email address change, your full name, dealer certificate number if applicable and new email address.

§ 46.2-1584 (A) states in part that failure to receive a recertification notice does not absolve the Independent Dealer-Operator from the recertification requirements. 

We want to emphasize that your recertification deadline date is not tied to your certificate license renewal for the dealership if you are currently the dealer operator.  However failure to recertify will result in your Dealer-Operator certification becoming invalid and may jeopardize the dealership’s license certificates if you are currently the Dealer-Operator.

Your recertification deadline date will be clearly marked on the email notice.  It is strongly advised not to delay in this process and choose the continuing education option (described below) which best fits your schedule and learning style. The MVDB does not provide advice on which option you should choose to meet the recertification requirement; however we can assist with program requirements.  Contacting the course providers below may further assist you on the course offering that meet your needs.

Continuing Education Options

The completion of the following continuing education vendor options will meet your recertification requirements. Option1, Option2, and Option 3 are continuing education course vendors that offer virtual online classroom, or in-person classroom recertification courses. All vendors will notify the MVDB directly when you have completed the course. All recertification options require vendor certification of individual proof of identity.

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OPTION 1- Compass Systems, Inc.
This course provider is offering an online virtual classroom, and in person classroom continuing education course to meet the Dealer-Operator recertification requirement. To register, please visit www.eProLearn.com or contact the office at 800-296-5585 for Dealer-Operator recertification information.


OPTION 2 – JTZ Enterprise

This course provider is offering an online virtual classroom, and in person classroom continuing education course to meet the dealer operator re-certification requirement. To register, please visit https://www.recertifymydealership.com/ or contact the office at admin@jtzenterprise.com, 540-286-0801 for Dealer-Operator recertification information.


OPTION 3 – VIADA

This course provider offers an online virtual classroom, and in person classroom continuing education course to meet the dealer operator recertification requirement. To register, go to www.VADealerRecertification.com or https://viada.org/recertification/. For questions, contact VIADA’s Office Manager Blake Jackson at blake@viada.org or call 800-394-1960.