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Motor vehicles and boats used on Queensland roads and waterways must be registered.

Register a boat

You can apply for recreational registration in Queensland if the boat has an engine of 3 kilowatts (4 horsepower) or more, and:

  • the boat is being used only for recreation
    or
  • is a tender to a ship being used only for recreation.

If your boat is not used solely for recreational purposes, you will need to contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Maritime Safety Queensland).

Find out how to register a recreational boat.

Register a vehicle

New registration

You need to apply for a new registration in Queensland when:

  • buying a new vehicle that has never been registered
  • buying a second hand unregistered vehicle
  • moving from another state or territory
  • if your registration has expired more than 3 months ago.

Registering a new or second-hand vehicle

When you buy a new or second-hand vehicle, from a dealer, generally they can arrange registration and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance for you. You need to provide proof of identity such as your current driver licence. If you are eligible for a registration concession make sure you let the dealer know and provide proof to enable the dealer to include the concession. You cannot have a concession on 2 vehicles at the same time.

If a dealer has not arranged registration of your vehicle, or if you buy a vehicle privately, the new registration must be done at a transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

You cannot submit a new registration online.

To register a vehicle in Queensland, you need to refer to the registration checklist and take these items with you when registering your vehicle.

You must take the vehicle with you to a customer service centre because it may need to be inspected before it can be registered.

Driving your vehicle to be registered

If your vehicle is currently registered in another state or territory and the number plate/s are attached, you have 14 days to register your vehicle in Queensland and may be fined if you don’t. This will allow you time to get a safety certificate and then register your vehicle at a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

If your vehicle is unregistered and you need to drive on the road to register your vehicle, you cannot legally drive unless you are carrying a CTP insurance certificate and a completed vehicle registration application (F3518) (PDF, 422KB). This will only allow you to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate and then you must go straight to a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

Towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered

If you are towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered, you can arrange your CTP insurance when you apply for your registration. You can nominate a CTP insurer on your vehicle registration application form and pay for your CTP insurance with your registration.

Registration checklist

To register your vehicle in Queensland, you need to:

You may also need these additional certificates:

  • If you are driving your vehicle to get it registered—the original CTP insurance certificate (6 or 12 month registration period) from a licensed insurer. Your vehicle must have CTP insurance cover before you can legally drive it on the road.

Note: if your vehicle will be used for more than 1 purpose, the CTP insurance class with the higher premium is applicable. If you are considering renting your vehicle, it is advisable to contact your CTP insurer.

  • If your vehicle uses gas or is fitted with gas fittings or systems—you will need a gas inspection certificate that is less than 3 months old.
    • The Department of Mines and Energy will grant exemptions to people who are unable to obtain gas certificates if there is no one authorised to issue gas inspection certificates within a reasonable distance of the person's residence.
    • New vehicles that have manufacturer-installed gas fittings or systems do not need a gas inspection certificate.
  • If your vehicle has a gross vehicle mass over 4.5t—a weighbridge certificate or other acceptable evidence of the vehicle's tare (unladen) weight. View a current list of Queensland public weighbridge stations.

Renew your registration

You will receive a registration notice about 4 weeks before your registration expires. The notice will show the cost to renew your registration.

Make sure you renew your registration before the due date or the vehicle cannot legally be driven—a fee will be charged for late renewals.

Light vehicles

From 1 October 2014, changes to registration labels for light vehicles—such as cars, motorcycles and light trailers—will mean you no longer need a registration label or certificate after you renew your registration.

However, you can still request a registration certificate online, or by phoning 13 23 80.

Heavy vehicles

Heavy vehicles more than 4.5t will still require registration labels. After you have paid your registration, 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 pay your registration before the due date, you must attach your new registration label to your vehicle within 21 days of the date that your registration was due to expire.

If you pay your registration after the due date, you must attach your new registration label to the vehicle within 21 days from the date you paid.

The old label must be removed from your vehicle, at the same time that the new registration label is attached or 21 days after the expiry date of the vehicle's registration, whichever happens first.

2 labels must not be attached to a vehicle at any 1 time.

Keep your receipt, or receipt number as proof of your payment—until you receive and attach your 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.

When a registration has expired

If your registration has expired, it is illegal to drive your vehicle until you have paid your registration fee. If the fee is not paid until after the expiry date of the previous registration term, the registration status of the vehicle will be ‘expired’, meaning the vehicle is unregistered and possibly uninsured, until the fee is paid.

The expiry date does not change if you pay late. If you drive an unregistered vehicle you can be fined.

You can only renew your registration up to 3 months after the expiry date. After this date you need to apply for a new registration.

Check the status of your registration

Check your vehicle's registration online using the registration number or use the free QLD Rego Check mobile app which can be downloaded using using iTunes or Google Play. This service can be used to check if the vehicle you will be driving is registered.

You can also check your registration by calling the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80, or checking the due date by looking on your registration documentation for when you paid last time.

Make changes to your registration

Registration address

If you need to change your registration address, you must change it before paying registration.

To change your registration address, you can:

Compulsory third party insurance or input tax credit entitlement

To change your CTP insurer or input tax credit entitlement you can:

Change of vehicle details/vehicle modifications

If you have changed your vehicle's details or you've had a modification made to your vehicle you must complete a change of vehicle particulars notification (F3524) (PDF, 934KB) and lodge it at a transport and motoring customer service centre, QGAP office, or local police station that provides registration services—please call to confirm before visiting. You must bring your modified vehicle with you to be inspected and also bring proof of your identity.

The details you are changing or the modifications you make may affect the cost of your registration fee and/or CTP insurance–if they do, you will need to pay the difference.

Get more information about light vehicle modifications.

Changes to purpose of use

The purpose of use listed on a vehicle’s registration describes how it is allowed to be used. Common purposes of use include:

  • private
  • commercial
  • dealer
  • licensed tow truck
  • non-profit use
  • taxi
  • driver trainer and tuition.

To change from one purpose of use to another, you must complete a change of vehicle particulars notification (F3524) (PDF, 934KB) and lodge it at a transport and motoring customer service centre, QGAP office, or local police station. You must also bring proof of your identity.

The change of your vehicle’s purpose of use may affect the cost of your CTP insurance—if it does, you will need to pay the difference.  

Other changes

To make changes not listed here, such as a change to your name, you will need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre, QGAP office, or local police station.

Apply for a common due date

If you have 5 or more vehicles registered in the same name you can apply to have a common due date so all your vehicle registrations expire on the same day.

You can have more than 1 common due date but you must have at least 5 vehicles for each common due date.

How to apply

You need to provide the following information in person to a transport and motoring customer service centre, or in writing to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
Common Due Date Officer
GPO Box 1412
BRISBANE QLD 4001

You must include:

  • the name of the organisation, company/business name, or individual name/s
  • your Customer Reference Number (CRN), Australian Company Number (ACN) or Australian Business Number (ABN) if known
  • the preference for your common due date (please provide more than 1 date as your first choice may be unavailable), or additional dates if you require more than 1 common due date
  • a list of the registration numbers to be attached to each common due date
  • the name of the individual or joint registered operators—the request must be signed by all parties to ensure they all agree to having their registration on a common due date
  • a signed request if a company/business requires a common due date—signed either by the organisation’s proprietor, fleet manager or someone in authority.

Note: a common due date cannot be removed or added to a registration online.

Perpetual registration

You can only legally register your vehicle for road use in Queensland through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, even though some organisations claim to offer perpetual vehicle registration.

If you purchase perpetual registration online, your vehicle will be considered unregistered and you will not be covered by compulsory third party insurance.

Renew your registration online

Save time by renewing your registration online.

Availability of our online services

Occasionally our online services are unavailable due to maintenance work or unplanned outages.

Check that the online service is available for when you want to renew your registration. Don’t leave it too late to renew your registration—you risk being an unregistered and uninsured driver.

Last updated
1 December 2014

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