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If you're a tow truck operator carrying only scrap metal directly to a scrap metal recycling facility and you'd like to apply for a scrap metal exemption authority, you'll need to complete an application form.

You can then either lodge your application by mail, or visit a service centre. There is a fee attached to this transaction.


The operator of a tow truck must hold an operator's licence issued by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

What you need

  • the PDF form – 'Application for Scrap Metal Exemption Authority'
  • company or trading name
  • business address and contact details
  • ABN and/or ACN​
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Registration of Business Name (if applicable)
  • name and personal details of each person who is a director, partner and/or close associate of the business
  • certificate of currency for public liability insurance for your place of business
  • copies of current TfNSW registration papers for each vehicle operated
  • photos of each vehicle showing the registration number and the crane
  • latest annual company statement with shareholder and director details (if applicable)
  • original interstate/overseas criminal record (if applicable), dated within 6 weeks of the date of your application
  • full names, driver licence numbers and dates of birth of all drivers operating the business's tow trucks
  • signed declaration by each director, partner and/or close associate of the business.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the Application for Scrap Metal Exemption Authority – PDF
  2. Make sure you have all the required documentation.
  3. Email to towtrucks@customerservice.nsw.gov.au, or post to:

Tow Truck Licensing
PO Box 972
Parramatta NSW 2124

More information

  • As part of the assessment process, TfNSW will check whether an applicant has a criminal record.
  • Tilt tray tow trucks cannot be included on an exemption authority.
  • Tow trucks transporting motor vehicles destined for repair, reuse or resale in their original form or as parts, cannot be included on an exemption authority.
  • 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.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 16 December 2022