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Heavy Tow Truck Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate a heavy accident tow truck in Victoria. A tow truck issued with a Heavy Tow Truck Licence can provide accident towing services to vehicles of a gross vehicle mass of 4 tonnes or more. This means that a heavy tow truck cannot tow a car, truck or other vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of less than 4 tonnes. A heavy accident towing licence also allows breakdown and trade towing of cars and trucks.

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 purposes 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 that prohibited area.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

An accredited operator can purchase an existing tow truck licence from a current licence holder and apply to agency for approval of the licence transfer.

To submit an eligible application for this licence you must:

  • complete the application form
  • be the holder of a full Victorian driver's licence
  • complete the required training and have the required skills
  • submit to a police check
  • attach required supporting documents
  • pay the prescribed fees.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

Operators and their vehicles must maintain compliance with industry standards, requirements for record keeping, and the use of standard document.


One year, unless otherwise specified on the licence.


Until the licence is cancelled, surrendered or suspended.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Regulation(s) name

Accident Towing Services Regulations 2019 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please send your application, together with the supporting documentation and the appropriate transfer fee to the agency. An appointment with the agency will follow.

Approval time

30 days unless more information is required.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Planning


Contact details

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