Are you looking to have a car rental business? We can help you apply for your license to provide this service.
You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.
You'll need liability insurance for $1,000,000. We'll ask you to upload a copy of the certificate of insurance in the online application. Don't have a copy? Don't worry. You can check the option to have your insurance agent send the certificate. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as additionally insured.
Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We recommend reviewing the Motor Vehicle Rental Agency Checklist(PDF, 179KB) for more details.
There is a $381 application fee for new licenses. The fee for renewal applications is $201. Application fees are non-refundable.
There's no extra processing fee to pay with a card online. We accept Visa and MasterCard payments online.
We have an online form to guide you through this process. The application might take some time. That's why we recommend that you gather all the required information first.
Apply Online in English
It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes. We'll call or email you to let you know that your license is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season.
Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed.
We use a standard licensing year of July 1 through June 30 for all businesses. Your license will expire on June 30 regardless of when you apply. The fees are also the same no matter when you apply during the year. So make sure to plan accordingly.
There is a $381 application fee for new licenses. The fee for renewal applications is $201. Application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:
Fill out the PDF application and return it to us by mail or in person.
Download the Application in English
Make sure you have the appropriate payment ready. Refer to step 3 for accepted payment methods.
Our office hours are 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. We are out of the office on public holidays.
You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you all the information you need to apply for your business license.
Visit us on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Our address is in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you an application and answer all of your questions about the process. Make sure you have your payment ready. You can see our accepted payment methods in step 3 above.
Motor Vehicle Rental Agency License Checklist(PDF, 179KB)
311 or 616.456.3000
300 Monroe Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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