If you're a tow truck operator using only crane-type tow trucks and only carrying scrap metal directly to a scrap metal recycling facility, you can apply for a scrap metal exemption certificate.

There is a fee attached to this transaction.


  • you must be a fit and proper person
  • all trucks must be registered in your (the applicant's) name
  • the trucks must be solely used for transporting motor vehicles for scrap metal recycling.

Note: Tip tray tow trucks are not eligible under the certificate.

What you need

Your business details, and copy(s) of:

  • photo IDs (back and front of driver licence, passport) of:
    • directors
    • partner
    • close associates
    • yourself (if a sole trader)
  • certificate of incorporation (if applicable)
  • registration of business name (sole traders)
  • latest annual company statement/extract with shareholder and director details (if applicable)
  • certificate of currency for public liability insurance for your place of business
  • current Transport for NSW certificates of registration for each vehicle operating
  • clear colour photographs of the vehicles showing registration number and crane
    Note: Vehicles must be registered in the name of the applicant.  Lease agreements are not accepted for an exemption certificate
  • National Police Check (no more than 6 weeks old) for anyone nominated on the form who has lived overseas or in another Australian state or territory in the last 10 years
  • printout of interstate/overseas criminal record(s) (if applicable)
  • details of all employed/engaged tow truck drivers
  • a credit card or PayPal account for your payment
  • the PDF form – 'Application for Scrap Metal Exemption Certificate'.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Ensure you and all directors, partners and close associates sign the declaration.
  4. Make your payment with credit card or PayPal, via the link on the form.
  5. Enter your payment receipt number.
  6. Gather all the required supporting documentation.
  7. Lodge your application using the details on the form.

More information

  • As part of the assessment process, TfNSW will check whether an applicant has a criminal record.
  • Tow trucks transporting motor vehicles destined for repair, reuse or resale in their original form or as parts, cannot be included on an exemption certificate.
  • Your tow trucks must have an approved sign displayed on the front and rear of each tow truck in positions where they are visible outside the tow truck.
Last updated: 6 November 2023