Motor salesperson registration - Queensland

Service summary

You must be registered to work as a salesperson for a motor dealer. You must meet all criteria before we can issue a registration certificate.

Note: you may only register if you work as an employee. If you are a contractor, you must have a full licence.

Authorised activities
On behalf of a licensed motor dealer, you may:

  • sell a used vehicle (including its parts)
  • obtain a used vehicle (including vehicle parts) to sell, either as a complete unit or in parts
  • sell a used vehicle on behalf of another person (on consignment)
  • sell a leased vehicle to the lessee under the terms of the lease
  • negotiate on a persons behalf for that person to buy or sell a used motor vehicle.

You may not conduct any number of trades before we issue your registration. It is an offence to operate as a motor salesperson while unregistered.

The only exception to this rule is if:

  • you are offering a vehicle for sale as a private individual (not as a business operator or employee)
  • the sale is not a part of a business operation (for instance, making a sale for the purpose of earning profit).

You may not:

  • work as an independent operator, including as a contractor
  • be in charge of a place of business
  • do any motor dealing work while serving as a director of a motor dealer corporation.
  • conduct any auctions
  • operate a trust account.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Eligible person
  1. An individual is eligible to obtain a motor dealer licence only if the individual:
    1. is at least 18 years; and
    2. has the educational or other qualifications generally approved by the chief executive for a chattel auctioneer licence (the qualifications are stated on the department's website).
  2. An individual is to be taken the satisfy the requirement mentioned in subsection (1)(b) if the chief executive is satisfied the individual:
    1. has a comparable qualification to the qualification mentioned in subsection (1)(b); or
    2. within 2 years before the day the individual's application for a motor dealer licence is received by the chief executive -
      1. has been licensed as a motor dealer;
      2. has been the holder of an motor dealer licence under PAMDA.
  3. A corporation is eligible to obtain a motor dealer licence only if a person in charge of the corporation's business is a motor dealer.
Motor salesperson
  1. A registration certificate held by a motor salesperson authorises the motor salesperson to perform any activity that may be performed by the motor dealer who employs the motor salesperson.
  2. However, a registration certificate does not authorise the holder to perform an activity that the holder is not authorised to perform because of a condition to which the certificate is subject.
Suitable person (indivdual)

A person is not a suitable person to hold a registration certificate if the person is:

  1. a person who has been convicted in Queensland or elsewhere, within the preceding 5 years, of a serious offence; or
  2. currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate; or
  3. a person the chief executive decides under Section 158 is not a suitable person to hold a licence registration certificate; or
  4. an identified participant in a criminal organisation.
Used motor vehicle

generally, means

  1. a motor vehicle that has, at any time, been licensed or registered whether under the law of this State or of any other State; or
  2. a motor vehicle that, had it not been registered as mentioned above for use for demonstration or sales promotion would have been a new motor vehicle; or
  3. a used imported vehicle.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a suitable person
  • be an eligible person

Note: If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003, you must be authorised to practise an occupation equivalent to the Queensland occupation covered by this licence in a participating State or Territory or in New Zealand.


This registration will remain in effect for 12 months or 3 years. You will be issued with a renewal notice annually or every 3 years approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date.



Criminal history check


Application and licence fee - 1 year


Application and licence issue fee - 3 years


Submit a Form 3-3: Application for a motor salesperson registration certificate.

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • an application fee;
  • a registration issue fee;
  • a criminal history check fee;
  • a certified copy of either birth certificate, birth certificate extract, passport, certificate of
  • australian Citizenship or drivers licence. Proof of identity can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, barrister/solicitor or notary public;
  • a certificate of completion of modules.

Note: The registration certificate application fee and registration certificate renewal application fee are not refundable.

If you are notifying under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992 or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003 submit a Form 2: Application for mutual recognition of certificate of registration/occupational licence with a copy of your current interstate licence.

Transfer details

You cannot transfer this registration.

Additional information

Applicants must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check appies to each person who appears on the application form. The fee applies to all applications and renewal notices.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Act(s) name

Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Regulation 2014 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001


07 3405 0985


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3008 5933


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