Occupations and trades

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.

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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 fees.

Police clearance

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

Fees include application and annual fee amounts. The fee for the compensation fund is paid for each address on the dealer’s application eg - two addresses where motor vehicles are sold will be $700.

Company - motor vehicle & motor cycle
+  compensation fund per premises

$907
$350

Individual - motor vehicle & motor cycle
+  compensation fund per premises

$696
$350

Company - motorcycle only
+  compensation fund per premises

$558
$100

Individual - motorcycle only
+  compensation fund per premises

$475
$100

How to apply - new licence, upgrade or change of conditions

Use this form to apply for a new licence, or to upgrade or change the conditions on your current licence.

Online

Fill in the online application, then print and sign it.

Apply now

Upload the scanned copy of the form you signed and the supporting evidence. You can pay by credit card using CBS's secure service.

Post

Fill in the online application, print and sign it.

Apply now

Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and post your application to:

Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide 5001

In person

Fill in the online application, print and sign it.

Apply now

Take your application to CBS Customer Service Centre or to a Service SA regional office.

Phone

If you're not able to apply online, in person or by post, call 131 882 and our staff will complete the form for you. We will post it to you to sign and ask you to send it back to CBS for processing.

What happens next

Licensed dealers can only run a business at the address registered for their licence. CBS will send you a licence certificate for each address on your application.

Renew your licence

You will need to renew your licence every 12 months.

Notify CBS when you change the address where you sell vehicles or if you want to add another address to the licence.

Additional or change of premises - application

Renewal fees

Fees include application and annual amounts

Company - motor vehicle and motorcycle
+ compensation fund per premises

$633
$350

Individual licence - motor vehicle and motorcycle
+ compensation fund per premises

$422
$350

Company - motorcycle only
+  compensation fund per premises

$294
$100

Individual licence - motorcycle only
+  compensation fund per premises

$201
$100

How to renew

Online

Make sure you have your licence number and customer number ready to renew online. You can pay by credit card using our secure service.

Renew my licence

Post

Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal.

Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide 5001

Phone

Make sure you have your licence and customer number ready when you call. You can pay by credit card.

Phone 1300 668 531

In person

Renew and pay for your licence at:

CBS Customer Service Centre
91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Or a regional office of Service SA.

What happens next

CBS will send you an updated certificate once the renewal is processed.

If you don’t renew your licence it will be cancelled and you will have to reapply for a new one.


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Page last updated 7 July 2017

Provided by:
Attorney-General's Department
URL:
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Last Updated:
07/07/17
Printed on:
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