DEALERS AND SALESMEN LICENSING
49-1618. Denial or revocation of license requires hearing. (1) Before the department shall refuse to issue to any applicant a license provided for in this chapter, and before revoking or suspending any license, it shall give the applicant or licensee written notice of the action which the department contemplates taking with respect to the application or license, which shall provide that on or before a day certain, not less than twenty (20) days from the date on which written notice shall be served, the applicant or licensee shall show cause, if any, in writing duly verified and filed with the department, why the contemplated action should not be taken. Upon receipt of the written showing, the department shall fix a day certain, not less than fifteen (15) days nor more than thirty (30) days from the date on which it received the showing, when it will hear evidence and argument in support of it. Written notice of the date and place of hearing shall be given to the applicant or licensee, not less than ten (10) days prior to the date fixed for hearing. All hearings shall be held in Ada County, Idaho. A record or tape or other recording device of all proceedings had at the hearing shall be made and preserved, pending final disposition of the matter.
(2) Notice to the applicant or licensee that the department contemplates refusing to issue the license applied for or contemplates revoking or suspending a license duly issued by it, shall have attached to it a complete statement of the facts upon which the department bases its contemplated action. In any proceeding under this section, the department shall have the burden of proving that the applicant is not qualified, or that the licensee has violated a provision of this chapter or a rule or regulation of the department.
(3) The notices provided to be given to an applicant or a licensee shall be served by the department or its employees delivering the notice to the applicant or licensee personally, or by the department mailing the notice by certified mail to:
(a) The applicant for a license at the residence address given in his application for license;
(b) A licensed dealer or at the last known address of the principal place of business of the dealer; and
(c) A licensed salesman at his last known residence address.
(4) The date on which the notice shall be considered to have been served for purposes of computing time shall be the date on which the notice is delivered to the applicant or licensee personally, or the date on which the notice is mailed.
(5) The director or his designee shall preside at all hearings and the department shall request the attendance of the advisory board at hearings. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall make written findings of fact and recommendations to the director. The findings of fact shall be conclusive unless clearly erroneous and unsupported by the record. The director shall issue a written order which shall be the final administrative action of the department.
(6) If a dealer’s license is suspended as a result of an order of the director, the department shall conspicuously post two (2) notices of such suspension at each licensed location. The notices shall remain posted for the duration of the suspension and removal of the notice prior to that time shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[49-1618, added 1988, ch. 265, sec. 391, p. 780; am. 1991, ch. 272, sec. 15, p. 708.]