Detailed information on tickets and the Directed Group sale are available at
As noted on the above website, the different teams within Burning Man identify participants for the Directed Sale based on past history. This program does not have an application process, but is by invitation from the internal groups at Burning Man who oversee group participation aspects (Placement, Artery, DMV, etc.)
In General, the criteria for Directed Sale participation is based on:
History – A camp, project or participatory work must be in our database from past years. (We have ways to track name changes for groups over time.)
Demonstrated Community Benefit – A project has been interactive in a way that has been experienced as meaningful, provides support for Black Rock City’s infrastructure, or provides services for our community. Basically, how the project helps make the community and create its magic.
LNT – A group has demonstrated adherence to and good practices around Leave No Trace and are committed to our community perpetuating the message of LNT.
10 Principles – A group or project fully embraces the 10 Principles in their entirety All of the groups who are selected to participate in the Directed Sale will be notified directly via their contact information in their Burner Profile and/or in the case of the DMV, the DMV records for their Mutant Vehicle.
DMV DGS OVERVIEW
The DMV is allotted a limited number of DGS tickets each year. The number changes slightly based on the overall number of tickets set aside for the Directed Group Sales.
In January, the DMV sends out Surveys to eligible MV Teams. This allows us to know which teams are returning, and what their stated core needs for tickets are. We've just sent out the first round of the survey and another will go out in the next few days. Vehicles that have come two consecutive years, OR Vehicles that were eligible last year for DGS but deferred their inclusion, will be sent the survey.
MUTANT VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY
For the DMV, the primary consideration is is that your Mutant Vehicle has been successfully executed and brought to the playa and licensed by the DMV for the past 2 consecutive years.
Next, we give some priority to larger vehicles first, simply because they are more likely to need assistance to get their core team to the event. In our experience, one or two tickets are easier to obtain than the larger numbers required to bring a larger vehicle. This doesn't mean we don't help smaller vehicles, but that we focus on the larger ones first.
If we are able to include additional vehicles beyond the two year repeat vehicles, we will consider vehicles that have come successfully for one year.
FIRST TIME VEHICLES
First time vehicles are not usually considered for DGS as we simply do not have enough tickets within the DMV allotment to provide tickets for them in addition to the ones provided for returning MV Teams. Again, as the DGS are allotted in part as appreciation for past participation, First time vehicles would not meet this aspect of consideration.
Mutant Vehicles and their teams must be in good standing not only with DMV, but other Burning Man teams such as placement, Rangers, Gate, etc.).
ALLOCATING DGS INVITES
Once we have the DGS Survey information we go through and assess the need for each vehicle and allocate the limited number of DGS tickets we have among the eligible vehicles. We notify the Mutant Vehicle teams of their allotment and then Burning Man Tickets follows up with information on how to access the Directed Group Sale.
DGS1 & DGS2
There are usually two Directed Group Sales each year. DGS1 in February and DGS2 in the June/ July time frame. If we either miss an eligible team (people sometimes miss an email or some other snafu), or if we have additional DGS Tickets to allot after the first DGS, we look at the remaining teams and assign the remainder of our tickets to additional vehicles in the second DGS.
If you have questions about the DMV's Directed Group Sale process, please feel free to email us at [email protected].