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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 vehicle that has never been registered
  • moving from another state or territory
  • if your registration has expired more than 3 months ago.

Registering a new car from a dealer

When you buy a new car 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 or previous registration details. 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 car 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.

You cannot submit a new registration online.

To register a vehicle that has never been registered in Queensland, you need to refer to the registration checklist and take these items with you to register 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.

Registering a vehicle modified for a person with a disability

Only a person with a disability, or a relative or carer of a person with a disability can apply to register a vehicle modified to be driven by someone with a disability or to carry a wheelchair. You will need to complete a modified vehicle statutory declaration (PDF, 220KB) and give it to the dealer or a transport and motoring customer service centre when you register or transfer your vehicle.

Driving your vehicle to be registered

You cannot legally drive your car on the road unless you have CTP insurance and you are carrying your completed vehicle registration application (F3518) (PDF, 422KB).

You are only allowed to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate and then you must go straight to 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.

Registration checklist

To register your vehicle in Queensland, you need:

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 one 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.

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.

Read the registration checklist to see what documents you will need.

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.

Once you have received your new registration label, you must remove your expired label and attach the new label to your car. This must be done as soon as the new label is attached, or within 21 days of the date that your registration would have expired. If you pay your registration after the due date, attach your new label within 21 days from the date you paid.

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 will need to apply for a new registration.

Making changes to your registration

Registration address

To change your registration address, you can:

Note: if a vehicle is registered to an organisation instead of a person, you can’t use our online service to change its registration address. Compulsory third party insurance or input tax credit entitlement

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

Vehicle modifications

If 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. You must bring your modified vehicle with you to be inspected and also bring proof of your identity.

The modifications you make may affect the cost of your 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 name change, you will need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre, QGAP office, or local police station.

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
2 September 2014

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