Second-hand vehicle dealer licence
Second-hand vehicle dealers must have a licence if they buy, sell or offer for sale four or more vehicles in 12 months. Unlicensed dealers can be prosecuted and penalties include fines and imprisonment.
Who can apply
- sole traders
- companies – the company and the manager must have separate licences
- partnerships – each partner must have a separate licence
- motor wreckers and crash repairers – even if they are only selling vehicles that can’t be driven because they need repairs.
When a licence is not needed
You don t need licence if:
- you are a recognised credit provider and selling second-hand vehicles is a result of the business
- you are an auctioneer selling on behalf of people who do not need a licence.
- you only sell vehicles that:
- weigh more than 3,000 kg
- are designed for agricultural or industrial use
- can t be used to transport on land – eg boats
- aren t powered by an engine – eg caravans.
What you’ll need
Companies must nominate a manager who holds a second-hand dealers licence in their own name. This manager doesn t need to register an address or pay compensation fund fees.
Include with your application a copy of your National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old.
Apply for an NPC through:
You do not need a NPC if you:
- are director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
- have lodged a NPC with CBS within the last year
- are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
- have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
- have already supplied a NPC for a different licence issued under this Act.
Checks that confirm you can work with particular people – eg children – but don t include a criminal history are not sufficient.
Fees include application and annual fee amounts. Dealers trading from more than one premises only need to pay one compensation fund fee each year.