No person, firm, or corporation shall maintain or operate a salvage warehouse or warehouse store without having a license therefor issued by the Department. Any person, firm or corporation desiring such a license shall make written application to the Department on forms prescribed by the Department for that purpose, stating the location of the salvage warehouse or salvage warehouse store. The Director thereupon, shall cause an examination to be made of said salvage warehouse and, if it be found by him or his agents to be in a proper sanitary condition and otherwise properly equipped for its intended use, he shall issue a license authorizing the applicant to operate the same as a salvage warehouse or salvage warehouse store. The license shall be issued upon payment by the applicant of a license fee of $100 per annum to the Department. Any person, firm or corporation which is a not for profit corporation or a religious corporation may apply for a license as a salvage warehouse or salvage warehouse store. Such not for profit corporations or religious corporations shall be exempt from the license fee of $100 per annum. All such licenses, including licenses exempt from the license fee, shall expire on December 31st of each year and shall be renewed only upon application made to the Department and accompanied by the required fee, if applicable.