Tow truck licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to operate a business that:

  • tows damaged vehicles from the scene of incidents
  • tows police seized vehicles
  • tows vehicles from a private property parking areas.

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:

  • offer towing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • conduct the business from premises owned or leased only by the licence holder
  • have a holding yard approved by departmental Transport Inspectors for the safe keeping of towed vehicles
  • ensure local government approval is obtained for the area where the holding yard is situated
  • supply communication equipment suitable for the deployment of mobile units, at the business premises, and in licensed tow trucks
  • have a suitable criminal history and traffic history.

You can apply as an individual, business or company.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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You can find the current fees here.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Lodgement process


If the application is in a company / business name, proof of the company / business must be provided by submitting with the application:

  • a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation for the company / Business Name Extract
  • the name/s and personal details of the persons behind the business / company name (the legal entity name).

Application process


The business premises, holding yard/s and tow truck/s must be inspected by a departmental Transport Inspector before an application can be processed.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Customer Services, Safety and Regulation Division

Land Transport Safety and Regulation Branch

Contact details

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