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
- 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.