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Motor Vehicle Repair

The Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) regulates motor vehicle repair (MVR) businesses and mechanics in Miami-Dade County.

Motor Vehicle Repair Business Regulations

The MVR ordinance requires for any business or individual that performs or offers to perform repair work on any motor vehicle belonging to other persons, regardless of compensation, to obtain a MVR registration. In addition to the registration requirements listed below, all MVR businesses must comply with the regulations stipulated in the MVR ordinance including the following:

  • Post a 2' X 3' Notice to Customer sign  in a conspicuous location, visible to customers, that discloses their rights under the law.
  • Employ a certified mechanic or paint body technician in each category of repair offered or performed to supervise and approve, in writing, all repair work conducted.
  • Ensure that repair work not deemed to be a minor repair service under the MVR ordinance is only performed by certified mechanics or paint/body technicians, or by registered apprentices whose repair work is supervised and approved by a certified
  • Ensure that customers are provided with estimates and invoices that are completely filled out and comply with Florida Statute 559.905 and 559.911 requirements. Invoices must include the name or ID of the mechanic or body/paint technician that supervised the repairs.
  • Ensure that the business and business records are available for inspection between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ensure that Garage Liability ($50,000 minimum coverage) and Garage Keepers Insurance (any amount) coverage is valid and current.
  • Ensure that the specialized equipment specified for each repair category offered or performed by the MVR business is obtained and maintained.
  • Performing repairs without prior approval from a customer is prohibited. Insurance estimates do not preclude a MVR business' requirement to obtain a customer's authorization prior to the commencement of repairs.
  • Storage charges shall not be assessed against a customer unless:
    • The storage charges were disclosed on the written estimate prior to the customer's approval of the repair work.
    • The vehicle has been completed according to the estimate/work order for repairs.
    • The customer has been notified that the repair work has been completed as per the agreed-upon estimate.
    • 72 hours have lapsed from the day that the customer was notified.

Certified Mechanic, Paint/Body Technician, & Apprentice Regulations

Individuals performing motor vehicle repairs on behalf of a registered MVR business must also register with RER as either a certified or apprentice mechanic/technician.  Mechanics must take a test to demonstrate competency and must take 16 hours of continuing education every year. Apprentices must work under the supervision of a certified mechanic.

Change of Ownership

In the event of a change in ownership of a motor vehicle repair facility, a new application and fee is required. Corporations that have a change of 10 percent or more of its ownership shall notify the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) of the change no later than 30 days after the date of the change.

Business Changes

Changes in any material aspect of the motor vehicle repair facility shall be provided to the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources in writing along with proof of the change and the required fee, if replacement of the registration is required, within 30 days of the change.


Cash will not be accepted. Fees can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to "Miami-Dade County / CP". If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). A late fee will apply to renewal applications submitted after the expiration of the current registration. The late fee is in addition to the renewal fee.

Initial Registration

How to Apply

Any person(s) or corporation that operates a motor vehicle repair facility in Miami-Dade County must apply in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Once the application is complete, an enforcement officer will inspect the facility or mobile repair vehicle to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Miami-Dade County Code.  Once the motor vehicle repair business passes inspection, a motor vehicle repair registration will be issued authorizing the business to perform specified repairs.


Any person(s) or corporation that operates a motor vehicle repair facility in Miami-Dade County whose registration is expiring must renew at 30 days prior to the expiration of current registration.

How to Apply

In person from Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by mail.


If the application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER), the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

Motor Vehicle Mechanic / Technician Certification / Apprentice Application

An apprentice must be employed by a motor vehicle repair facility which has obtained a registration and shall be required to work under the direct supervision of a certified motor vehicle mechanic/technician.

The permit shall be prominently displayed in a conspicuous location in the motor vehicle repair shop where the permit holder is employed.

How to Apply

Any person unable to obtain certification as a specialty or master mechanic, motor vehicle body repair technician, or motor vehicle paint technician who desires on-the-job training in Miami-Dade County can apply in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by mail.

If the application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

Certificate Replacement

Lost, destroyed or mutilated permits can be replaced by submitting satisfactory proof of loss, destruction or mutilation and payment of a replacement fee.

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Motor Vehicle Repair

  • Shop Annual Fee: $323.00
  • Certified Mechanic Fee: $40.00
  • Apprentice Mechanic Fee: $40.00



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