Surrender or cancellation of licence - motor car traders

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To surrender your motor car trader's licence, complete and lodge one of the following:

You must return your licence certificate within 14 days to:

Business Licensing Authority
GPO Box 322
Melbourne  VIC 3001

If you no longer possess your licence, you will need to fill out a statutory declaration explaining why you are unable to return it.

If you surrender your licence and then decide to re-apply in future, you will be issued with a new Licensed Motor Car Trader (LMCT) number.


Your licence will be automatically cancelled if you:

  • do not comply with both your annual statement and licence fee requirements
  • become insolvent under administration (this includes if you are an undischarged bankrupt)
  • become an externally administered company
  • become a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986.

Your licence will be cancelled after 30 days if you are a sole trader, partner or director, and you are:

  • disqualified from holding a licence
  • convicted or found guilty of a disqualifying offence involving fraud, dishonesty, drug trafficking or violence punishable by 3 months or more in prison, unless you lodge an application for permission to continue holding a licence (in such cases, you may continue trading until the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) makes a formal decision). It must not be a spent conviction within the meaning of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) or any equivalent law of a state or territory of Australia or of the Commonwealth. For more information, view the Spent convictions page.

You must return a suspended or cancelled licence certificate to the BLA within:

  • the period specified by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if it suspends or cancels the licence, or
  • seven days of becoming aware of the suspension or cancellation.

If your licence is cancelled and you are granted a new licence in the future, you will be issued with a new LMCT number.