Tow Truck Operator's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business involving the operation of tow trucks for the purpose of towing motor vehicles.

The purpose of this licence is to allow members of the community to easily identify that the tow truck assisting them is part of an approved business and that the person operating the tow truck conducts themselves appropriately.

There are two different towing categories:

  • Accident towing; and
  • Trade and breakdown towing.

An accident towing licence allows you to undertake all forms of towing. A trade and breakdown licence only allows you to undertake trade and breakdown towing (i.e. you cannot attend accident scenes to tow motor vehicles).

You must not carry out accident towing work unless you have obtained a towing authorisation for that towing work. A towing authorisation authorises the towing only of the motor vehicle specified in the authorisation. Authorisation is not required where the driver is doing accident towing work according to the direction of a police officer or authorised officer to move a motor vehicle that is causing an obstruction to traffic.

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 old;
  • Be of good repute and a fit and proper person for the purpose of operating a tow truck;
  • Be able to meet and continue to meet the appropriate requirements in respect of business premises, vehicle and insurance;
  • Have read and understood the criteria, conditions and procedures for licensing that are outlined in the information package;
  • Meet all the requirements specified in the criteria; and
  • Pay any required fees and submit the application forms.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


1 to 3 years, as determined by the Agency.



Metro 1 year.


Country 1 year.


Metro 3 years.


Country 3 years.

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$31.00

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
Road Services

Act(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Tow Truck Industry Regulation 2008 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Tow Truck Licensing and Compliance
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
Road Services

Operating address:
27 - 31 Argyle Street
New South Wales 2150
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5054
New South Wales 2124


1300 131 134


02 8849 2075

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