FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2017) — The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission voted on Friday to no longer require the question, “Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offense?” as a requirement to apply for a salesperson license. The change is effective immediately.
The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission said it was inspired to make the move by Gov. Matt Bevin’s Feb. 1 executive order that removes questions about criminal history from the initial application for state jobs in the executive branch.
“Removing this requirement will make it easier for people seeking gainful employment and becoming productive citizens,” said John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation. “I applaud Gov. Bevin’s leadership on this important, life-changing initiative.”
Dealerships may still continue to inquire about criminal records on their employment applications; however, the commission no longer requires this question as a mandate to license a salesperson.
The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission is responsible for licensing motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, manufacturers, distributors and their representatives, as well as investigating complaints against dealerships in regards to purchasing a vehicle or failing to transfer vehicles to the customer. The Commission also issues administrative citations to dealers who fail to comply with the laws governing motor vehicle sales.
The commission licenses approximately 3,000 automobile dealerships statewide who collectively employee 13,500 salespersons.