Register a motorised wheelchair
If you use a motorised wheelchair on a footpath or road area in Queensland, it must be registered.
To be registered, your motorised wheelchair must:
- have an electric motor
- be designed and built for a person with mobility difficulties
- have a tare weight of 150kg or less
- not be capable of travelling at more than 10km/h on level ground.
If you move to Queensland to live you must register your motorised wheelchair within 14 days. Visitors to Queensland are exempt from registration.
If the registered operator is an individual, the person using the motorised wheelchair must:
- hold a certificate, statement or letter from either a medical practitioner, a registered occupational therapist or registered physiotherapist confirming that due to a physical or medical condition, their mobility is severely impaired and requires the use of a motorised wheelchair for assisted travel
- be capable of operating the motorised wheelchair
Organisations registering motorised wheelchairs
Examples of organisations include nursing homes, shopping centres, educational institutions or hire companies.
Motorised wheelchair users must provide the organisation with a certificate, statement or letter from either a medical practitioner, a registered occupational therapist or a registered physiotherapist confirming that due to a physical or medical condition, their mobility is severely impaired they require the use of a motorised wheelchair for assisted travel.
How to register a motorised wheelchair
To register a motorised wheelchair, you will need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.
To apply, you will need to bring:
- a completed vehicle registration application (F3518)
- a completed vehicle details form (F3529)
- a motorised wheelchair statement (F4414)
- page 1 completed for individuals
- page 2 completed for organisations
- page 1 completed for individuals
- evidence of the Queensland address where the wheelchair will be garaged—this could be your driver licence, property rates notice, or a gas, phone or electricity bill
- your Queensland driver licence or other evidence of identity.
If you are registering a motorised wheelchair in the name of an organisation you will also need to bring identification of the organisation, such as a:
- Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Office of Fair Trading
- business registration issued by the Australian Securities Investments Commission
- Certificate of Registration of a Company issued by the Australian Securities Investments Commission.
You must also provide proof that you are acting on behalf of the organisation, such as:
- wearing the organisation's uniform
- a business card or business identification
- documentation from the organisation on official letterhead.
As a registered business is not a legal entity, you must also provide identification for the legal entity behind the business.
Read more information about evidence of identity requirements for organisations (F4362).
Fees and charges
Registrations of motorised wheelchairs are free when you provide a certificate, statement or letter from either a medical practitioner, a registered occupational therapist or registered physiotherapist confirming that due to a physical or medical condition, your mobility is severely impaired and requires the use of a motorised wheelchair for assisted travel. This proof will be needed each time you register a different motorised wheelchair.
There are also no transfer, number plate or compulsory third party (CTP) insurance fees.
After a motorised wheelchair is registered
When you register a motorised wheelchair you will receive:
- a number plate
- a registration certificate
- an information sheet explaining Queensland Road Rules relating to motorised wheelchairs.
Registration labels are no longer issued to motorised wheelchairs. Find out more information about the changes to registration labels.
When using a motorised wheelchair outside of the home, for example on a footpath, the person using the motorised wheelchair is considered to be a pedestrian under the Queensland Road Rules. This means a motorised wheelchair (including mobility scooters) can only be used where a pedestrian can travel, referred to as Pedestrian Travel Routes.
A person using a motorised wheelchair, or any other pedestrian must:
- use the footpath or nature strip where available
- if there is no footpath or nature strip available, or there is an obstruction that needs to be avoided, the person must travel as close as possible to the left or right hand side of the road—you also should face oncoming traffic if possible to do so
- cross a road by the most direct route and use a crossing where available.
In addition to the above general rules, a person using a motorised wheelchair must also exercise due care and attention for the safety of others at all times, including travelling at an appropriate speed (which depending on the situation may be less than the maximum speed of 10km/h).