Motor Vehicle Dealer Licence - Northern Territory

Service summary

This licence is required for all dealings in motor vehicles including new and secondhand vehicles inclusive of:

  • Motorcycles;
  • All terrain vehicles (ATV's) and quad bikes;
  • Motorised scooters;
  • Any vehicle over 200 watts (excluding Segways)

It is issued on an indefinite basis, subject to traders submitting an annual return, inclusive of financial information.

This licence is not required for the sale of plant and equipment eg cranes, hoists, conveyors, excavators, road graders, commercial vehicles exceeding five tonnes in mass and vehicles primarily designed for the carriage of stock.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Application may be made by either an individual or body corporate. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient material and financial resources to carry out the activity of a Motor Vehicle Dealer and are required to submit a business plan with their application and they must advertise their intention to apply for a Motor Vehicle Dealers Licence in a Northern Territory Regional Newspaper [see guide to advertising]. Applicants for Motor Vehicle Dealers Licences require a Manager to be appointed to oversee the daily operations of the dealership [see fact sheet on Commissioners approval of Manager].




$460 initial application
$264 Granting fee plus $74 Dealings Register
$264 annual fee for one yard, plus $132 per additional yard.

Credit Card.

Administering agency

Licensing NT

Act(s) name

Consumer Affairs & Fair Trading Act 1990 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Territory Business Centre, Darwin

Other Offices:

Territory Business Centre, Katherine:
Street Address: Shop 1, Randazzo Building, 18 Katherine Terrace, Katherine NT 0850
Postal Address: PO Box 9800, Katherine NT 0851
Phone: 08 8973 8180
Fax: 08 8973 8188

Territory Business Centre, Tennant Creek:
Street Address: Ground Floor, Barkly House, 99 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek NT 0860
Postal Address: PO Box 9800, Tennant Creek NT 0861
Phone: 08 8962 4411
Fax: 08 8962 4413

Territory Business Centre, Alice Springs:
Street Address: The Green Well Building, 50 Bath Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
Postal Address: PO Box 9800, Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 08 8951 8524
Fax: 08 8951 8533

Operating address:
Ground Floor, Building 3, Darwin Corporate Park
631 Stuart Highway
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address:
GPO Box 9800
Darwin NT 0801

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