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Key info

  • Anyone who buys, sells or exchanges 6 or more vehicles in a year must be licensed as a motor vehicle trader.
  • This licence applies to trading new and used motor vehicles.
  • A licence is valid for 3 years.
  • You must apply and renew online, you may need to visit a service centre if advised by the online instructions.

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    About applying for or renewing a motor vehicle trader licence

    If you apply for a licence online, you must visit a service centre to prove your identity. Your application cannot be fully processed until you have completed this step.

    The first time you need to renew online, a renewal reminder notice will be posted to you approximately 8 weeks before your licence expires. After that you will be contacted by email or SMS.

    Once your licence expires, you have 60 days to renew and the option to renew will no longer available through your My Licence account. You must submit a new application using the 'apply now' button.

    How to apply or renew

    What you need to apply or renew

    You must provide:

    • proof of identity documents to any service centre (new application only)
    • consent for a national police record check
    • a certified copy of a bankruptcy report from the National Personal Insolvency Index dated within the previous 3 months
    • a method of payment to pay the licence fee online or at a service centre.

    Can I apply or renew?

    You must:

    • be at least 18
    • be a fit and proper (PDF, 147KB) person
    • consent to Consumer, Building and Occupational Services requesting a national police record check on your behalf.

    Proving your identity

    You do not need to prove your identity for processes that you can complete online.

    If visiting a service centre you must provide 4 documents from the following lists to support your application. All the documents must be current.

    If you bring copies of your original certificates they must be certified by a Commissioner for Declarations or a Justice of the Peace (JP).

    You must have:

    • One commencement of identity document
    • One primary use in community document
    • Two secondary use in community documents.

    • Full Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate) issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages
    • Australian passport
    • Australian visa current at the time of entry into Australia as a resident or tourist supported by current overseas passport. If you do not have evidence of your current visa, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
    • Australian Government issued ImmiCard showing your visa and/or migration status. If you don't have evidence of your current visa, please contact the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
    • Identity certificate issued by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to:
      • refugees and non-Australian citizens for entry into Australia
      • Australian citizens who have the nationality of a Commonwealth country for travel purposes
    • Australian citizenship or naturalisation certificate (including citizenship by descent).

    If you were born in Australia and do not have a commencement in the community document, please get a certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory where you were born.

    • Current Australian driver licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued with a signature and photo
    • Current overseas passport with a valid visa
    • Australian marriage certificate (church or celebrant-issued certificates are not accepted)
    • Current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian Government agency with a signature and photo
    • Current firearms licence showing a signature and photo (minor or junior permits or licences not accepted)
    • A current student identification card (for persons under 18 years of age).

    • Medicare card
    • Australian security guard or crowd control licence
    • Department of Veteran Affairs or Centrelink pensioner concession card or other entitlement card issued by Australian Government (card or interim letter are suitable evidence - statements will not be accepted)
    • Consular photo identity card issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Photo identity card issued by the Australian Defence Force
    • Police force ID card issued to an officer
    • Student identity card with photo issued by educational institution - if no expiry date, will be accepted up to 2 years from issue date
    • Academic transcript from an Australian university up to 12 months from issue date
    • Council rates assessment notice issued within the last 12 months
    • Utility bill issued within the last 12 months showing your name and address
    • Bank account or credit card, with your name in full and your signature (if you use 2 cards they must be from different financial institutions)
    • Bank statement or letter issued within the last 12 months including your name in full, account number or account type and financial institution letterhead or branch stamp.

    All proof of identity documents must show your full name. If you have changed your name and the documents show your old name, you must also show one of these documents:

    • Change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages, deed poll or overseas issuing authority
    • Marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (or interstate/overseas registry office equivalent). Church or celebrant issued certificates are not accepted
    • Divorce papers issued by court, showing your original name
    • Guardianship order
    • Relationship certificate
    • Adoption papers issued by court.

    If you cannot get any of these documents, please contact Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for further information.

    How much it costs

    DescriptionFees for 2022 to 2023

    Application fee

    $195.50

    Duplicate certificate

    $34

    Licence fee

    $1,676.20

    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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    More Information

    • The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme has commenced in Tasmania. This allows you to use your current licence or registration to do the same activities in other parts of Australia. Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to find out more.

    Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for more information on applying for or renewing a motor vehicle trader licence.