Apply as an individual or partnership

This page is about opening a motor vehicle dealership as an individual or in partnership in the Northern Territory.

Before you apply

You must be over 18 years old to apply.

You need to prepare and submit the following documents for each individual in the 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: 

  • a current Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) business name extract, showing the proprietor of the business name
  • proof of ownership of the nominated business address, or if you are 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 is zoned for a motor vehicle dealer business - contact the Land Information Centre for help.

Financial resources

You can either:

Good character

Apply for a police criminal history check and keep the receipt 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 go to Licensing NT Online or follow these steps.

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

Step 2. Fill in a business plan for a motor vehicle dealer licence as an individual or partnership.

Step 3. Fill in the pro forma advertisement template and advertise your intention to operate a motor vehicle dealer business in the NT News or other local newspaper, 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: 28 November 2017