Motor dealer license


To legally sell or exchange motor vehicles in New South Wales you need a motor dealer license. Applications for a 1-year or 3-year license, are available online.

Eligibility for a motor dealer license

  • Your age must be at least 18 or over.
  • You must be considered fit and proper to hold the license.
  • If disciplinary action is taken against you, it will affect your ability to hold a license.
  • You cannot belong to a declared organization’s controlled members.
  • You must not have been convicted of a motor vehicle stealing offense in the past 10 years.
  • If you are in bankruptcy, you will not be able to apply.
  • You must obtain the approval of your local council before you can apply for a motor dealer license.
  • You must have sufficient funds to continue your business in accordance with the regulations of Fair Trading.

How to apply for a motor dealer license

  • Visit the website.
  • Login or create a new OneGov user account.
  • Fill in all the information in the form.
  • Provide your payment details
  • Click on submit button

More information

  • A corporation must designate a manager to run its business every day. The owner of a company may manage it themselves or nominate someone else to do so.
  • Multiple managers of the company need to complete a separate Manager’s Consent form.
  • The name and number of your motor dealer license must be displayed in public and at your place of business, as well as on any advertising or promotional materials.
  • You do not need a motor dealer’s license to operate certain types of vehicles that are not used to transport goods or passengers on public roads.
  • Operation of a motor vehicle dealership without a license is against the law.
  • When a vehicle weighs over 4.5 tonnes, then you do not need a motor dealer’s license to sell it. This law is called the Heavy Vehicle National Law and it covers vehicles with a mass of over 4.5 tonnes.
  • There is no license required to buy or sell wheelchairs, or bicycles that do not meet NSW’s standards for licensing.

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