Motor dealer licence - Queensland


You need this licence if you intend to work as a motor dealer. This licence will allow you to:

  • sell a used vehicle (including its parts)
  • obtain a used vehicle (including 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 another person's behalf to buy or sell a used motor vehicle.

You may not conduct any number of trades before you get your licence. It is an offence to operate as a motor dealer while unlicensed.

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 (e.g. making a sale for the purpose of earning profit).

You may not auction any vehicles or other goods without a chattel auctioneer licence.

A motor vehicle includes a:

  • vehicle that moves on wheels and is propelled by a motor that forms part of the vehicle
  • caravan (a trailer used for dwelling, or camping, or as a business premises).

A motor vehicle does not include a:

  • trailer (unless it is a caravan)
  • motorised scooter, golf buggy or wheelchair
  • tractor or farm machinery.

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
  • be a suitable person
  • hold the relevant qualification
  • have a registered office in Australia.

A criminal history check must be done for each person whose date and place of birth are stated on the application form.

You may be eligible to be licensed under mutual recognition laws if you hold a comparable licence within another Australian state or territory or within New Zealand.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


Submit either:

  • Form 1-1
  • Form 1-2.

Your application must include:

  • an application fee
  • a licence issue fee
  • a criminal history check fee for each person whose date and place of birth appear on the application
  • a certified copy of your birth certificate, birth certificate extract, passport, Australian citizenship certificate or driver licence. Proof of identity can be certified by a justice of the peace, commissioner for declarations, barrister, solicitor or notary public. (Note that none of the above are required to be provided for a renewal, provided that the name the licence was issued in has not changed or is otherwise requested.)
  • evidence of eligibility to hold the licence.

Approval time

Processing time is between 4 and 6 weeks


You cannot transfer this licence to another entity.

Disqualified persons or entities

You are not suitable to hold this licence if you:

  • are an insolvent under administration
  • are currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration
  • have been convicted of a serious offence in the past 5 years
  • are subject to a court issued control order because of involvement in serious criminal activity.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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