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Tow Truck Driver's Certificate - New South Wales


You will need this certificate to drive a tow truck for the purposes of towing motor vehicles. This certificate is required to do any of the following on a road or road related area:

  • drive or stand a licensed tow truck
  • use, operate or assist in the use or operation of a licensed tow truck
  • drive or stand an unlicensed tow truck for the purpose of towing a motor vehicle for fee or reward.

Please be aware that:

  • you must only carry out the type of towing work authorised on your driver's certificate
  • if you intend to carry out accident towing work, you will require a towing authorisation.

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 certificate, you must:

  • be 18 years old or over
  • have a current fully unrestricted NSW driver's licence
  • be of good repute and in all other respects a fit and proper person to be the driver of a tow truck
  • have sufficient responsibility to drive a tow truck in accordance with law and custom
  • have read and understood the criteria, conditions and procedures for authorisation as outlined in the information package.

You may be subject to a criminal record check for the last 10 years and a driving record check from the last 3 years.


One, three or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $251.00

Grant of licence. Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All -

Restoration of licence:

  • 1 year - $251.00
  • 3 year - $454.00
  • 5 year - $657.00.

Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All $137.00

Re-application for an expired conditional certificate (within 5 business days of expiry). Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All $37.00

Reissue of a conditional certificate. Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All -

Grant of licence under mutual recognition:

  • 1 year - $190.00
  • 3 year - $349.00
  • 5 year - $507.00.

Fees for 2024-25

General Duplicate Certificate All $37.00

Replacement of certificate. Fees for 2024-25

Renew Renewal All -

Renewal of certificate:

  • 1 year - $251.00
  • 3 year - $454.00
  • 5 year - $657.00.

Fees for 2024-25

Application process


Your application must be supported by evidence to confirm your identity, criminal history and traffic record (if applicable), driver licence and character.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.