Motor Dealer's Licence / Motor Vehicle Recycler's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require a motor dealers licence if you intend to conduct a business dealing in motor vehicles as a retailer or on a wholesale basis. You will require a motor vehicle recycler's licence if you intend to conduct one or more of the following businesses:

  • Buying or obtaining motor vehicles or parts or accessories of motor vehicles and demolishing or dismantling the motor vehicles or parts or accessories
  • Buying and selling major body and mechanical components of motor vehicles, major car accessories and parts or accessories of motor vehicles.

A motor vehicle is a vehicle of the following kind that is built to be propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle, and includes a trailer:

  • Any description of vehicle on wheels, other than a vehicle used on a railway or tramway or an aircraft
  • Any description of tracked vehicle, or any description of vehicle that moves on revolving runners inside endless tracks, that is not used exclusively on a railway or tramway.

The following types of vehicles are exempted from the Act and a licence is not required:

  • A crane, hoist or conveyor
  • An excavator, road grader, road roller, bulldozer or forklift truck or other machinery, that is not constructed on a chassis of a type normally used in the construction of a truck
  • A motor vehicle that is constructed or adapted for road construction or maintenance (including cleaning, sweeping or watering)
  • A vehicle that is not acquired for use principally for the transport of passengers or goods on public roads (other than a trailer or towable recreation vehicle)
  • A vehicle that is incapable of being registered by Roads and Maritime Services under the Road Transport Act 2013 (other than a motorcycle that is an unregistrable new motor cycle, or a defective registrable vehicle within the meaning of the Road Transport Act 2013).

Please note that an unregistrable new motor cycle is a motor cycle (not being a second-hand motor cycle) that is of a design that makes it incapable of being registered in NSW.

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 18 years of age or more
  • Be considered fit and proper for the purposes of the licence (police records are checked by NSW Fair Trading and considered)
  • Not be disqualified from holding a licence as a result of a disciplinary outcome
  • Not be a controlled member of a declared organisation (refer to Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012)
  • Not been found guilty, within the preceding 10 years, of a motor vehicle stealing offence
  • Not be bankrupt
  • Have sufficient financial resources to enable the person to carry on business pursuant to the authority that would be conferred by the licence if it were granted
  • Provide a statement to the effect that you have approval from the relevant local council
  • Pay any required fees.

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



1 or 3 years.


A licence will expire if it is not renewed by the due date. A reminder notice will not be sent to licensees. An application for restoration of a licence may be made within 3 months of the date a licence expires.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Act(s) name

Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation 2014 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Licensing Officer, Business Licensing
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5138
New South Wales 2124


13 32 20


02 9619 8700

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