Regular Tow Truck Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a tow truck. This licence is attached to a vehicle, not a person. There are a limited number of licences and these may be purchased from existing licence holders.

A tow truck issued with this licence may provide accident towing services to vehicles of any gross vehicle mass that the tow truck is capable of towing. This means that it can tow cars, trucks or any other vehicle that it is capable of towing.

In the Melbourne and Geelong greater area, tow trucks operate under an accident allocation system. Tow trucks licensed to operate in other areas of Victoria may attend an accident scene outside the Controlled Area without an allocation.

Vehicles with this licence may also offer trade towing services.

It is an offence for a person who does not hold a tow truck driver accreditation to drive a licensed tow truck or a tow truck that is being used for the purposes of providing accident towing services. Passengers must also be accredited.

A condition may be imposed to prohibit a tow truck from entering a specified area and being used to tow a damaged motor vehicle within that prohibited area.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

An accredited operator can purchase an existing tow truck licence from a current licence holder and apply to VicRoads for approval of the licence transfer.

To submit an eligible application for this licence you must:

  • complete the application form
  • be the holder of a full Victorian driver's licence
  • complete the required training and have the required skills
  • hold an Accident Tow Truck Driver Accreditation
  • submit to a police check
  • provide copies of the required supporting documents
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

Operators and their vehicles must maintain compliance with industry standards, requirements for record keeping, and the use of standard documents. Penalties for non-compliance apply.

Operators must also adhere to the allowable fees to be charged to consumers. Amounts will be announced by the Authority.


1 year, unless otherwise specified on the licence.


Until the licence is cancelled, surrendered or suspended.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Please send your application, together with the supporting documentation and the appropriate transfer fee to Agency. An appointment with the Agency will follow.

Approval time

30 days; unless more information is required.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Act(s) name

Accident Towing Services Act 2007 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Accident Towing Services Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Accident Tow Truck Industry
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address:
Accident Towing
12 Lakeside Drive
Burwood East, Victoria 3151


03 9881 8787

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