License a tow truck

Find out how to license a tow truck in Western Australia (WA), which includes getting your vehicle inspected and submitting the application in person.

  Step 1: Get the vehicle inspected

Before a tow truck vehicle licence can be granted, the vehicle must be inspected for roadworthiness and compliance with the new technical standards. 

The technical standards for tow trucks are available on the Departmentís website. Vehicle owners should familiarise themselves with the standards prior to presenting a tow truck for inspection. 
All new or unlicensed tow trucks must be inspected at the Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre (VEC). 

To book an inspection call 1300 776 065. Inspection fees apply. 

  Step 2: Complete an application (Form VL17)

Once the vehicle has successfully passed inspection, you must complete an Application to License a Vehicle (Form VL17) and it must be submitted along with your valid Certificate of Inspection. 

  Step 3: Provide proof of identity

You will be required to provide one primary and one secondary identification document, one of which must show your WA residential address. Please see the below fact sheet 'Primary & Secondary Proof of Identity' for acceptable primary and secondary identification documents.

If you have not had a vehicle licensed in your name in WA before and do not have a WA driver's licence, you will also need to complete a Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186).

If you are licensing the vehicle in the name of a company or incorporated body you will need to provide:

  • Your Australian Company Number (ACN); or
  • A 'Certificate of Registration of a Company' issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or any other certificate of incorporation; or
  • Other evidence of legal entity status.

If your vehicle is jointly owned, only one owner can be nominated as the vehicle licence holder. This owner is to be nominated by completing the Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186). Each joint owner must declare their details and sign this form. 

Please refer to Vehicle owner responsibilities for more information.

 

 

  Step 4: Submit the application in person

Applications for a new vehicle licence must be submitted in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

You will need to provide:

  • Completed vehicle licence application form VL17 
  • Completed proof of vehicle ownership form VL186

You may also need to present a weighbridge certificate if the tare/mass weight of the vehicle cannot be established from the manufacturer's specifications, previous licence documents or licensing records. 

Once the vehicle is licensed, a set of number plates will be issued.

 

  Step 5: Annual inspections

From 7 November 2023 to maintain your tow truck vehicle licence, you will be required to get the vehicle inspected every year.

Please go to Get a vehicle inspected for more information on locations.
 
Metropolitan based tow trucks must be inspected at the Kelmscott Vehicle Examination Centre i.e., vehicles with a garaging address within a 100km radius of Perth CBD. Inspection bookings can be made by calling 1300 776 065. Inspection fees apply. 

Regionally based tow trucks must book their inspection at the nearest suitable Authorised Inspection Station to their vehicles garaging address. 

 

  Light vehicle licence (registration) fees (2022/2023)

Vehicle owners must also pay motor injury insurance (MII) insurance. Visit the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) page for fees and more information.

Light vehicle: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Light vehicle standard administration recording fee $10.30

Light vehicle: Bulk, transfer and duplicate licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate or certified copy of vehicle licence document $5.30
Vehicle Licence Administration fee (Bulk licensing fee) - Applicable to vehicle dealers only $13.30
Vehicle licence transfer fee $19.40

Light vehicle: Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) not exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Per 100 kg
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (motor propelled), per 100 kg $25.52
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (trailer type), per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Converter dolly, per 100 kg $12.76
Light vehicle registration: Fork lift, per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Goods vehicle, per 100 kg $25.52
Light vehicle registration: Mobile crane, per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Motor car, per 100 kg $25.52
Light vehicle registration: Omnibus, per 100 kg $25.52
Light vehicle registration: Other trailer, not being a plant trailer truck, per 100 kg $12.76
Light vehicle registration: Plant trailer, per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Semi-trailer, per 100 kg $12.28
Light vehicle registration: Tow motor, per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Tow truck, per 100 kg $25.52
Light vehicle registration: Tractor (not prime mover), per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Tractor plant truck, per 100 kg $6.38
Light vehicle registration: Trailer, per 100 kg $12.76
Light vehicle registration: Tractor (prime mover type) and truck $25.52
Motorcycles
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (not exceeding 250 cc) $51.04
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t) $51.04
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio exceeding 150 kW/t) $76.56
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (exceeding 250 cc) $76.56

Light vehicle: Example, how to calculate your vehicle licence fee

In the following example, a 12 month renewal is applied to a standard motor car (Tare weight: 1,650 kg - the weight of the unladen vehicle):

Calculate your light vehicle licence fee Fee calculation
Vehicle fee per 100 kg x Total weight (rounded up to the nearest 100 kg) / 100 $25.52  x (1,700 kg / 100) = $433.84
Plus prescribed flat fee $13.20 (12-month renewal: (discounted rate) = $6.60) $6.60
Total vehicle licence fee (rounded to the nearest five cents) $440.45

Notes:

  • Prescribed flat fee for a vehicle for a period of one year is $13.20 discounted 50%.
  • Any vehicle renewal term less than 12 months; calculation will be $13.20 divided by 12 then multiplying by the number of months in respect of which the renewal is paid.
    • 6-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*6 = $6.60.
    • 3-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*3 = $3.30.

Key:

  • GVM = Gross vehicle Mass. kg = kilogram. cc = cubic centimetre, engine displacement.
  • kW/t = kilowatt per tonne, 1 m² / S³.

  Heavy vehicle licence (registration) fees (2022/2023)

Vehicle owners must also pay motor injury insurance (MII) insurance. Visit the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) page for fees and more information.

Heavy vehicle licence: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Standard heavy vehicle licence administration recording fee $10.30

Heavy vehicle licence: Buses, seating capacity over 12, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg (1B2 class) $533.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg (2B2 class) $533.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 3 axles (2B3 class) $2,940.00
Vehicle licence: Articulated Buses with 3 axles (AB3 class) $533.00

Heavy vehicle licence: HC and MC class fees

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal: Suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. The class restriction removal fee is applied when this option is used.
Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers
MC driver's licence class application $56.30
MC driver's licence class restriction removal $56.30
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department of Transport/Police
HC driver's licence class application $288.30
HC driver's licence class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $56.30
HC driver's licence supplementary Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $267.10
HC driver's licence class restriction removal $267.10
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers
HR/HC driver's licence class application $56.30
HR/HC driver's licence class restriction removal $56.30

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing one trailer fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP2 class) $1,407.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP3 class) $5,537.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP4 class) $6,092.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP5 class) $6,092.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC2 class) $9,939.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC3 class) $9,939.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC4 class) $10,933.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC5 class) $10,933.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg (no trailer) fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (1R2 class) $533.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (2R2 class) $916.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles not exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (1R3 class) $916.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (2R3 class) $1,207.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R4 class) $916.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R5 class) $916.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R4 class) $1,207.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R5 class) $1,207.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, maximum 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (SR2 class) $916.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (SR3 class) $1,207.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (SR4 class) $2,243.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (SR5 class) $2,243.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, more than 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (MR2 class) $8,215.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (MR3 class) $8,215.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (MR4 class) $8,871.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (MR5 class) $8,871.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 2 trailers (LR2 class) $11,328.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 2 trailers (LR3 class) $11,328.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 2 trailers (LR4 class) $11,328.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 2 trailers (LR5 class) $11,328.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, Trailers, including dollies fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: 1 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT1 class) $533.00
Vehicle licence: 2 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT2 class) $1,066.00
Vehicle licence: 3 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT3 class) $1,599.00
Vehicle licence: 4 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT4 class) $2,132.00
Vehicle licence: 5 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT5 class) $2,665.00
Vehicle licence: 6 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT6 class) $3,198.00
Vehicle licence: 7 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT7 class) $3,731.00
Vehicle licence: 8 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT8 class) $4,264.00
Vehicle licence: 9 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT9 class) $4,797.00
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