Tow truck driver certificate - Queensland


You will need this certificate to drive a tow truck attending:

  • the scene of an incident
  • a vehicle seized by police
  • remove vehicles from private property.

For crash towing, this certificate authorises you to prepare the motor vehicle for towing and to clean up the scene of the incident efficiently and safely.

A tow truck driver can only operate under the authority of a holder of a tow truck licence.

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 or older
  • be medically fit to drive and capable of performing the role
  • hold a driver licence authorising you to drive the class of vehicle relevant to the certificate you are applying for
  • have a suitable criminal history and traffic history
  • meet the following competency requirements.

The following competency requirements must be met to show you have the ability to drive a tow truck:

  • Have held an Australian driver licence authorising you to drive a motor vehicle of the class for which the certificate is sought for a continuous period of 3 years immediately before an application for the certificate is made.
  • Demonstrate by a practical driving test that you have the ability to drive and properly control a tow truck of the class for which the certificate is sought. This includes:
    • demonstrating competence in driving the tow truck whilst towing a motor vehicle
    • having the ability to position a tow truck and correctly prepare a motor vehicle for towing
    • having a thorough knowledge of the correct procedures for towing.

A current New Zealand driver licence with a vehicle recovery endorsement may be recognised and transferred to the equivalent Queensland Tow Truck Driver Certificate for the same vehicle classes.


Up to 5 years


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Application process


This application and fees must be lodged in person at a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre or QGAP Office. If you have an existing industry authority card, you must bring this with you.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Customer Services, Safety and Regulation Division

Land Transport Safety and Regulation Branch

Contact details

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