Motor Car Trader Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to carry on a business that buys and sells used motor vehicles.

This applies to dealing in used cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and heavy vehicles. It does not include vehicles for use on rails or tramways, motorised wheel chairs, trailers, or farm vehicles. An endorsement to the licence is required if you intend to auction vehicles.

Any person who buys, sells or exchanges four or more motor vehicles in a twelve month period is considered to be a motor car trader and is required to be licensed.

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

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have sufficient financial resources;
  • Be a fit and proper person to be a licensed motor car trader;
  • Not be currently disqualified from holding a motor car trader's licence in Australia;
  • Be able to demonstrate your premises will have the required planning permits;
  • Submit application form and all relevant documents, and
  • Pay the relevant application fees.

Once you have submitted your application you will be required to attend and interview where you will be tested on your knowledge of the motor car traders legislation and statutory forms that you are required by law to use.

Some circumstances require the applicant for a new licence or a current licensee to apply for permission to be eligible to hold a motor car traders licence. These circumstances are:

  • Having been found guilty or convicted of fraud, dishonesty, violence or drug trafficking punishable by more than three months prison; or
  • A claim has been admitted against the Motor Car Traders Guarantee Fund in relation to the individual or the company.

Ongoing requirements

You will be required to submit an annual statement every twelve months from the date your licence was issued.

You will also be required to notify the agency of any changes to your business including change of name and change of address.


Your licence is ongoing until surrendered, suspended or cancelled.



Permission. Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


First annual licence fee. Fees for 2016-17.

Licence$1,605.70Lodgement of annual statement and fee in the following years. Fees for 2016-17.



Complete and lodge the motor car traders licence application. Your application must include a completed:

  • Consent to national criminal history and other record checks form;
  • Motor car traders declaration of personal finances form;
  • Motor car traders deed of indemnity form;
  • Motor car traders proposed business plan;
  • Motor car traders estimated cash flow projection for the first 12 months of trading;
  • If you are currently trading in any other business (e.g. panel beating, mechanical workshop or non-motor car related business), a copy of the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement for the last financial year. A company Balance Sheet is still required even if the company was recently incorporated; and
  • Unless you are proposing to operate the motor car trading business from a location which was occupied by a licensed motor car trader within the last six months prior to your application, for each of the proposed trading premises you must provide a current planning permit or a letter from the appropriate local council indicating that you can lawfully carry on a motor car trading business at each premises.

Depending on the nature of your application, you may need to complete other relevant forms.

Approval time

Generally within 8 weeks.

Administering agency

Business Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Road Safety Act 1986 (Victoria)

Motor Car Traders Act 1986 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Motor Car Traders Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Business Licensing Authority

Operating address:
113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1300 135 452


03 8684 0600

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