Accident Tow Truck Temporary Permit - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate a tow truck. This licence is attached to a vehicle, not a person. There are a limited number of licences and these may be purchased from existing licence holders.

A tow truck issued with this licence may provide accident towing services to a vehicle of any weight, as long as the tow truck is capable of towing that vehicle.

In the Melbourne and Geelong greater area, tow trucks operate under an accident allocation system. Tow trucks licensed to operate in other areas of Victoria may attend an accident scene outside the Controlled Area without an allocation.

Vehicles with this licence may also offer trade towing services.

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 purpose of providing accident towing services. Passengers must also be accredited.

A condition may be imposed to prohibit a tow truck from entering a specified area and being used to tow a damaged motor vehicle within a prohibited area.

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

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Operators and their vehicles must maintain compliance with industry standards, requirements for record keeping, and the use of standard documents. Penalties for non-compliance apply.

Operators must also adhere to the allowable fees to be charged to customers. Amounts will be announced by the Authority.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $26.00

Fees for 2018-19.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Accident Tow Truck Temporary Permit - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.

Act(s) name

Accident Towing Services Act 2007 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Accident Towing Services Regulations 2008 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Transport


Contact details

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Accident Tow Truck Industry


Department of Transport