Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Vehicle auction information

Motor vehicle auction license requirements

Directory of Non-valid Salvage Buyer Identification (BID) Cards 

Note: the Non-valid Wisconsin BID card directory is being updated and will be available soon.

The Non-valid Wisconsin BID card directory lists Salvage Buyer Identification (BID) cards that have become non-valid prior to the scheduled license expiration date. Since the listed BID cards have not yet passed the license expiration date shown on the card itself, a salvage pool could not readily detect that a card used to gain admittance to the auction is no longer valid. Motor vehicle salvage pools may refer to the invalid Wisconsin BID card directory to confirm eligibility of bidders at salvage auction. Listed BID cards may be non-valid for the following reasons:

  • The BID card was cancelled or revoked.
  • The dealer license of the BID cardholder's employing Wisconsin dealership is no longer valid.

Out-of-business Wisconsin dealer license directory 

Note: the Non-valid Wisconsin BID card directory is being updated and will be available soon

The Out-of-business Wisconsin dealer license directory lists Wisconsin motor vehicle dealer licenses that have become non-valid prior to the scheduled license expiration date. Since the listed dealer licenses have not yet passed the license expiration date shown on the license certificate itself, a motor vehicle wholesale auction could not readily detect that a card used to gain admittance to the auction is no longer valid. Motor vehicle wholesale auctions may refer to the out-of-business dealer directory to confirm eligibility of bidders at wholesale vehicle auctions. Listed dealer licenses may be non-valid because the dealership went out of business, or the dealer license was cancelled or revoked.

Unauthorized buyers at virtual auctions

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has uncovered some dealerships that are allowing customers to join them in viewing online wholesale vehicle auction Web sites for the purpose of selecting their own car. Only authorized bidders (licensed dealership employees) may participate in wholesale auctions - online or in person. Dealers may not legally view a wholesale auction Web site with a customer for the purpose of finding the customer a vehicle.

For more information about auction company activities and license requirements:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Dealer & Agent Section
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 201
P.O. Box 7909
Madison, WI 53707-7909

Questions about the content of this page:
Division of Motor Vehicles, Dealer Section, dealers.dmv@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: September 19, 2013

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