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You’ll need a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate if you do repair work on motor vehicles, even if you hold a motor vehicle repairer licence. You must be qualified and certified for all classes of repair work you do.

You can apply online for a 1, 3 or 5-year licence.


To apply, you must:

  • be a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • have the required qualifications for each class of repair work
  • not be an apprentice or trainee.

The classes of repair work include:

  • automotive electrician
  • body maker
  • compressed natural gas mechanic
  • exhaust repair
  • liquefied natural gas mechanic
  • liquefied petroleum gas mechanic
  • motor mechanic
  • motorcycle mechanic
  • panel beater
  • steering, suspension and wheel alignment
  • radiator repair
  • trailer and caravan mechanic
  • transmission specialist
  • underbody work
  • vehicle painter
  • electrical accessory fitting
  • glazing work.

What you need

  • your personal and contact details
  • your proof of identity
  • details of your qualifications, including proof of completion of the relevant training courses
  • proof of licence payment.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the ‘Apply online' button.
  3. Log in or create an account.
  4. Follow the prompts to apply for a certificate.

If you're not able to apply for a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate online:

  1. Download and complete the Motor vehicle tradesperson certificate application – PDF.
  2. Visit a service centre with:

More information

  • You are not eligible for your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate until you’ve completed your apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate will be valid for 3 years, after which you’ll need to renew or restore it.
  • You’ll need to complete a recognised training course for each class of repair work that you want to appear on your motor vehicle tradesperson certificate.

Visit the NSW Fair Trading website to make sure you have all the information.

Payment methods

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

Last updated: 7 June 2022
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