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Registration costs and how to pay

Get a quote for your registration

When you register your vehicle, the fees that you pay helps to build new roads and maintain the road network.

The registration cost you pay is made up of 3 parts:

  • registration cost
  • compulsory third party insurance (CTP)
  • traffic improvement fee.

When your registration is about to expire, you will receive a registration renewal notice in the mail with the cost to renew. After we receive your payment, we will send you a registration label and certificate in the mail. It may take at least 10 working days to receive your label and certificate—depending on how you paid and if you live in a remote area. If you paid before the registration expires, attach your new registration label within 21 days after the date that your registration would have expired.

You must pay on or before the due date, or your registration will lapse and you will be unable to drive your vehicle until your registration has been renewed—a fee will be charged for late renewal. If you pay your registration after the due date, attach your new label within 21 days of the date that you paid.

Keep your receipt or receipt number as proof of your payment until you receive and attach your new registration label.

You may be fined if you:

  • drive with an expired registration
  • don't attach your new label
  • don't remove your old label.

How much will my registration cost?

Get a free online quote for your car, trailer, truck or boat registration. This service can be used for new registrations, or if you are renewing your registration.

To get an accurate quote, make sure you know:

  • the type of registration—new or renewal
  • the type of vehicle you're registering—for example, a passenger car, motorcycle or light commercial
  • the vehicle specifications—for example, the number of cylinders (for light vehicles) or the number of axles (for heavy vehicles)
  • whether you are entitled to a concession
  • the name of your CTP insurance provider, if you are including CTP in the quote
  • whether you want a 6- or 12-month registration period (for light vehicles). You will have to pay a small surcharge if you select the 6-month option
  • whether you want a 3-, 6- or 12-month registration period (for heavy vehicles). You will have to pay a small surcharge if you select a 3- or 6-month option.

The surcharge on the 3– or 6–month option covers the extra production, manufacture and mailing costs.

Registration related fees

You may need to pay other registration fees when you register your vehicle. Other fees include transfer of registration, number plates, moving an unregistered vehicle, trailer, or caravan. 

Fee type Cost
Registration transfer $23.60
Plate fee $25.45
'Plate of Origin' commemorative number plate $40.45
Unregistered vehicle permit—You will need to get a Class 22 CTP insurance and can be purchased the same time as the permit. $28.25 per day plus CTP insurance.

How to pay

You can pay your registration:

If you are renewing a registration, make sure you allow enough time for your registration to be processed before the old registration expires. It is an offence to drive an unregistered vehicle.

Make sure you have the 14-digit payment reference number from your registration renewal notice.

Pay online or by phone

Before you begin:

You can renew your registration online:

If you are renewing registration of vehicles that are registered to an organisation, you need an Australian Company Number (known as an ACN).

If you are renewing registration of a heavy vehicle you may need a current certificate of inspection.

You can call the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 90 (24 hours a day) to pay using a credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.

Pay by mail

You can pay your registration by mail with a cheque or money order made out to the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Make sure you allow at least 2 business days if you post your application in Queensland, and at least 4 business days if it is posted interstate.

Your application will be date-stamped when we receive it by post. If we receive it after the registration expiry date, you will be charged a late fee.

Send your payment with the payment slip section of the renewal notice to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 2211
BRISBANE  QLD 4001

Pay by BPAY

You can make a BPAY payment via your financial institution using your cheque or savings account only. It may take several days to process your BPAY payment—before you pay check how long this will take with your bank to pay on time.

Payments using incorrect payment reference details or amount will be returned to your financial institution.

When making a registration payment you must use the:

  • BPAY Biller Code
  • Payment Reference Number
  • amount for the registration term required (eg. 6- or 12-months) on your current registration renewal notice.

Your payment reference details will be different each time your registration is due for renewal.

Pay in person

Pay at a customer service centre

You can pay in person at a Transport and Main Roads customer service centre. To avoid a late fee, make sure you pay on or before the due date listed on your renewal notice. If you pay after that date, you will be charged a late fee.

You can pay by:

  • EFTPOS (cheque or savings account), or credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • cash
  • cheque (made out to the Department of Transport and Main Roads)
  • money order.

Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.

Pay at another Queensland Government location

If you live in a rural or remote area, you may be able to pay at a:

Contact the location first to see if they offer this service.

Pay at Australia Post

You can pay only pay your renewal of registration in person at any Australia Post office in Queensland.

You can pay by:

  • EFTPOS, or credit or debit card
  • cash
  • cheque
  • money order.

Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.

A planned payment scheme is offered through Australia Post that lets you pay in instalments before the next renewal date. Ask your Australia Post office for details.

Using the credit option to pay?

A credit card surcharge applies to all credit card payments made.

Paying with BPAY

BPAY payments can take a few days to process, make sure you check with your bank to see how long a payment will take.

Last updated
17 April 2014

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