Car Market Operator's Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will be required to apply for this licence if you intend to operate a site for a market for the sale of second-hand motor vehicles.

This licence does not authorise you to sell motor vehicles, it authorises you to operate a market where other people sell their second-hand motor vehicles.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be of good fame and character;
  • Choose a site to carry on a business as a car market operator, which is not prohibited by the provisions of the lease on the land or any other laws;
  • Not be the holder of, or an applicant for, a vehicle sale licence;
  • Not be bankrupt or benefiting under any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors;
  • Not hold a motor vehicle dealers licence;
  • Submit the required application form and documentation; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

Requirements will vary if you apply for the licence as a corporation or an individual. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years.



Per place of business, 1 year.


Per place of business, 3 year.


Per place of business, 3 year.


Per place of business, 1 year.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.



Your completed application must be supported by the following documentation:

  • A copy of the advertisement where by you notified the public of your application in a daily newspaper circulating in the ACT within 7 days before lodging your application;
  • An ACT Planning and Land Authority certificate for the premises where the applicant proposes to carry on business under the licence, dated not earlier than 3 months before the day the application is made; and
  • Two written references as to the fame and character of the individual applicant.

Please note the consent for a police records check form must be lodged directly with the Australian Federal Police.

Approval time

Licences generally take 3 to 4 weeks to process.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1977 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Sale of Motor Vehicles Regulation 1977 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601


02 62073000




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