“How To Get Into SEMA?” Answered

  • You must work in the specialty equipment aftermarket
  • Not open to the general public
  • You must provide documentation of employment
  • You don’t have to be a member of SEMA

Getting into the SEMA Show is a common question each fall, around the first week of November. The SEMA Show is a trade-only show, reserved for attendees working in the trade only. It’s not open to the general public.

In order to get into SEMA, you must work in the specialty equipment industry and you’ll need to provide documentation that proves you’re in the industry, either if registering online or in person at the SEMA Show.

The SEMA Show is not open to the general public and is considered a trade-only event. Attendees must be qualified and employed within the automotive aftermarket industry in order to be eligible to receive their registration badge and gain access to the exhibit hall.

You don’t need to be a member of SEMA to attend the SEMA Show.

Where Is The 2018 SEMA Show?

The SEMA show in 2018 will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada. The SEMA show begins on Tuesday October 30th 2018, and ends on Friday November 2nd 2018. While the show is officially running from October 30th to November 2nd, there are a number of events happening on Monday, October 29th as well, prior to the official kickoff of the 2018 SEMA Show. For a full list of currently planned events at this year’s SEMA show, check out this link.

What Does It Cost To Attend The 2018 SEMA Show

Online registration for the 2018 SEMA Show is priced at $40 USD up until Friday, October 12th 2018. After October 12th, early registration access will close and the price per person to register for the SEMA Show will increase to $90 USD. These registration fees are to gain access to an attendee badge, which provides access to both APPEX and the SEMA Show for the full duration of each show.

SEMA Registration

To register for the SEMA Show you need to provide the proof of employment in the aftermarket industry. This documentation may include a business card, tax registration certificate or business registration, business license, a business photo ID, or a recent paycheck stub.

If using a business card or a business photo ID, the company name and address has to match the information in your registration, and has to include your job title.

This is all required in order to prove your business or your employer is a current and actual automotive aftermarket business. That’s why proof starts with business registration, business certificate or tax ID is accepted. Next, you need to prove you’re either the current business owner or you’re currently employed by that business.

If your business license shows you’re the business owner, that is accepted. If you’re employed by a business, you have to provide a business card or a paycheck stub, or a business photo ID, that includes your name and the name of the company. Note that everything has to match the name of the company you are registering under.

You’ll also have to provide a current email address. SEMA prefers a company email address. Also note that all documents you provide must be in English.

One benefit of registering for the SEMA Show is that once you are registered, future years are much simpler. If you registered and got approved for a previous SEMA Show and you haven’t changed companies, or contact information such as your telephone number, address or email address, you might not need to show proof that you work in the automotive aftermarket industry again.

If you are unemployed, retired, a car club member or simply a car enthusiast you don’t qualify to attend the SEMA Show. Companies such as accounting firms, freight providers, non-automotive graphics companies, exhibition industry service companies, insurance agents, law firms, modeling agents/agencies, packaging companies, printers, non-automotive software companies and travel agencies also don’t qualify to attend the show. Anyone not qualified to attend the show are invited to attend SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party where SEMA Show vehicles and excitement are featured Friday night after the show closes.

For more information on registering for and attending this year’s SEMA Show visit SEMAShow.com. To purchase SEMA Ignited tickets visit www.semaignited.com.

What Should I Look Forward To Seeing At The 2018 SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive aftermarket industry event, and all of the biggest names in the industry will be in attendance. There will be countless booths setup, presentations and demonstrations happening, and more contacts to meet than you can imagine. To put it simply, if you are looking to grow your business within the automotive aftermarket industry, you need to be at the 2018 SEMA Show. For a full floorplan of the show, please check out this link.

For a current up to date list of SEMA Spotlight Exhibitors, visit this link.

The 2018 SEMA Show is also broken into five major areas – The North Hall, The Central Hall, The South Hall Upper, The South Hall Lower, and The Performance Pavilion. Below you will find some brief highlights as to what you can expect to find in each of these areas:

North Hall

  • Collision Repair & Refinish
  • First-Time & Featured Exhibitors
  • Mobile Electronics & Technology
  • Restyling & Car Care Accessories
  • Tools & Equipment

Central Hall

  • Hot Rod Alley
  • Racing & Performance
  • First-Time & Featured Exhibitors
  • Restoration Marketplace

South Hall Upper

  • Business Services
  • First-Time & Featured Exhibitors
  • Powersports & Utility Vehicles
  • Truck, SUVs, & Off-Road

South Hall Lower

  • Global Tire Expo
  • Wheels & Accessories

Performance Pavilion

  • First-Time & Featured Exhibitors
Please note this website is not an official representative of SEMA. “Specialty Equipment Market Association,” “SEMA” and other names of SEMA services are trademarks and/or service marks owned by the Specialty Equipment Market Association.

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