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Apply for a motor dealer broker licence

You must have a current licence to work as a motor dealer (broker). To get a licence, you will need to apply to us.

Application for an individual's licence (PDF, 393KB)

Authorised activities

The motor dealer (broker) licence allows you to represent a client who is buying or selling a used vehicle.

You may not:

  • buy or sell used motor vehicles unless you are also a licensed motor dealer
  • auction vehicles or other goods unless you hold an chattel auctioneer licence.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a motor dealer licence, you must be 18 years or over.

Suitability

You are not suitable for a licence if you:

  • are an insolvent under administration
  • are currently disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been convicted of a serious offence within the past 5 years
  • are subject to a court issued control order because of involvement in serious criminal activity.
We also consider if you:
  • have a criminal history
  • have been an executive officer of a corporation, which was previously licensed, that has gone insolvent
  • were the subject of a successful claim fund action
  • have been cancelled or suspended from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • have been previously disqualified from holding a licence or registration certificate
  • are disqualified from being a company director
  • have previously been an insolvent under administration
  • are incapable of satisfactorily doing the job of a licensee
  • are unsuitable because of your character or the character of your business associates
  • are allowed to work in Australia.

Serious offences

A serious offence is anything punishable by 3 or more years in prison. These include:

  • violent offences (including threats to use violence)
  • fraud and dishonesty
  • drug trafficking
  • extortion
  • arson
  • unlawful stalking
  • an offence of a sexual nature
  • new offences under Queensland’s Criminal Code of:
    • Recruiting a person to become participant in criminal organisation
    • Consorting
  • an offence that is committed with a serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation applicable to a prescribed list of offences within the meaning of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.

Receivership or liquidation

If you have ever been an executive officer of a corporation, which previously held a licence that has gone into receivership or liquidation, you must also tell us:

  • what circumstances caused it to happen
  • whether you took all reasonable to avoid these circumstances
  • what assets you had available to distribute
  • how much money (if any) you paid in dividends
  • whether you broke any laws relating to these circumstances
  • whether you are disqualified from being a company director or other officer.

You must also include a report from the receiver or liquidator that gives us:

  • a detailed list of your creditors
  • the amount of money you still owe to each creditor.

Places of business

You may have multiple places of business, but you must register all of your business addresses when you apply for your licence. The person in charge at each place of business must have a current individual licence.

An individual cannot be in charge of more than 1 place at any given time unless the places of business are on adjacent blocks of land (not separated by a public road).

Find out more about places of business.

Non-citizens

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you need to:

  • give us a certified copy of your passport
  • have a visa that allows you to work in Australia.

Lodgement

When you lodge the form, you will need to attach formal identification. These documents must be original or certified copies.

Your identification must be a certified copy of any of the following 3 documents:

  • Birth certificate or extract
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Passport

You will need to pay certain fees when you lodge your application. These include:

  • the licence fee of $1,425.90 for 1 year or $2,672.90 for 3 years
  • a criminal history check fee of $39.20.

You will also need to attach your proof of qualifications.

Criminal history check

To confirm your suitability, we will submit your application for a criminal history check. This will be thorough and may be time consuming.

Processing time

The processing time is 4–6 weeks. This can take longer if your application is not complete. This might be because of:

  • missing information
  • unpaid fees.

We will contact you if you submitted an incomplete application. You will need to complete it before we can proceed. Otherwise, we may withdraw your application.

Refunds

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a partial refund if:

  • you withdraw your application
  • we refuse your application.

You may also get a refund on the fees for your criminal history check if it hasn't been started yet.

Training

You do not need any training to get this licence.

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