Motor vehicle dealer licences

Apply as a corporation

This page is for corporations that want to open a motor vehicle dealership in the Northern Territory.

Before you apply

You need to prepare and submit the following documents for each director and/ or manager in your application.

Personal identification

Make a copy of current photographic identification - eg: driver licence, passport, birth certificate - and provide certified true copies if the application is not submitted in person.

Business registration

You must have all of the following:

  • proof of registration of your business name
  • a current Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) business name extract, showing the proprietor of the business name
  • a current ASIC company name extract, showing office bearers
  • proof of ownership of the nominated business address, or if renting, a copy of lease of premises and a letter of consent/ approval from the owner to run a motor vehicle dealership
  • proof that the premises are zoned for a motor vehicle dealer business - contact the Development Consent Authority for help.

Financial resources

You need financial position and performance statements for the corporation, certified by an accountant, for both of the following:

  • the previous financial year
  • the financial year in which the application is being made.

Good character

Apply for police criminal history checks and keep the receipts for your licence application. There is a police name check fee for each individual.

You need two written referee statements for each individual, stating they are a fit and proper person to be a licensed motor vehicle dealer.

How to apply

To apply and pay the fee go to Licensing NT Online or follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in a motor vehicle dealer licence for a corporation form.

Step 2. Fill in a business plan for a motor vehicle dealer licence as a corporation.

Step 3. Fill in the pro forma advertisement template and advertise your intention to operate a motor vehicle dealer business in the NT News, and another local newspaper if available, inviting objections within 14 days. Keep a copy of your advertisement, showing the date it was published.

Step 4. Submit your documents and fee to a Territory Business Centre.

Hiring a manager for your car yard

If you want a manager to run your motor vehicle dealership, make sure they apply for approval as a manager before starting work.

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Last updated: 29 September 2017

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