Accident Tow Truck Driver Accreditation - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you are the driver of a tow truck, or a driver's assistant, who will drive to an accident scene within an accident tow truck allocation area such as the metropolitan areas of Melbourne, Geelong or the Mornington Peninsula.

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. Exemptions apply to:

  • drivers and occupants of vehicles being towed or carried
  • mechanics who are repairing, maintaining or testing an accident-attending tow truck.

This authorisation approves the people involved in the towing operation. Separate licensing requirements will apply to the accident tow truck business operation.

The holder of a towing operator accreditation must ensure that his or her certificate of accreditation is displayed at a specified depot so that it may be inspected by members of the public.

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 accreditation you must:

  • hold a current full Victorian Driver's Licence
  • complete a National Police Record Check
  • provide 2 passport size colour photos of yourself
  • be of good character, health and technical ability
  • pay any required fees.

If you hold a current Victorian Probationary Driver's Licence, you can only apply for this authorisation if you are employed at an accident towing depot in a role other than a tow truck driver, or if you are an immediate member of a family business that owns and operates a towing licence.

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.


5 years.


ApplyApplication$74.60Fees for 2016-17.
GeneralDuplicate Certificate$25.10Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application, fee and any accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

30 days, but longer if 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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