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How to transfer a vehicle’s registration

If a second-hand car, motorcycle, heavy vehicle, caravan or trailer changes hands, the vehicle registration must be transferred within 14 days after getting the vehicle. There are fees you may need to pay when you transfer registration.

Selling or disposing of a vehicle

If you are selling or disposing of your vehicle to another person, you will need to give this person:

  • the original (blue) copy of the Queensland safety certificate or the original Queensland certificate of inspection that has not expired, or exceeded the 2,000km limit
  • if the vehicle is fitted with gas fittings or systems, you will need a gas inspection certificate that is less than 3 months old at the time of transferring the registration.

If you cannot get a gas inspection certificate because there is no one authorised to issue gas inspection certificates within a reasonable distance of where you live, you can apply for a gas exemption certificate (PDF, 21KB).

Caravans or motorhomes cannot be exempted from providing a gas certificate.

On the day you sell the vehicle, you will also need to complete Part B of the vehicle registration transfer application (F3520) (PDF, 158KB) and have the person buying or receiving the vehicle sign this form.

Make sure you keep this as proof of transfer until the registration is officially transferred out of your name. You can check by phoning the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

If after 14 days you believe the registration transfer has not been lodged by the purchaser, you can submit Part B and a copy of the safety certificate at 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.

WARNING: You may be held accountable for offences committed by the purchaser if the purchaser does not submit Part A and you do not submit Part B.

Transfer registration for a modified vehicle

You will need to complete a modified vehicle statutory declaration (PDF, 220KB) and give it to the vehicle dealer or a transport and motoring customer service centre when you transfer your registration.

Only a person with a disability, a relative or carer of a person with a disability can apply to transfer the registration of a modified vehicle.

Buying or receiving a vehicle

If you buy or receive a vehicle, you will need to submit your registration transfer request to a transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station within 14 days of purchasing the vehicle.

Bring these documents with you:

Buying or receiving a vehicle as an organisation

If you are registering a vehicle in the name of an organisation, you will need to bring organisation identification, such as a:

  • certificate of incorporation issued by the Office of Fair Trading
  • certificate of registration of a company or business 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.

You must also bring your original driver licence or other proof of identity.


When you transfer the registration into your name, you will have to pay the following fees:

  • Registration transfer fee
    • if you are transferring the registration for a motorised wheelchair, you will not have to pay the transfer fee.
  • Pay the vehicle registration duty—duty is calculated on the dutiable value which is the greater of either the
    • market value of the vehicle
    • or
    • the total consideration payable for the vehicle (including GST if applicable).

      You can calculate the duty payable on your vehicle, on the duty calculator.

  • If you bought the car from someone who had concessional registration and you don’t have a concession, you may have to pay the difference between the concessional registration and standard registration for the remaining period of registration.

Selling heavy vehicles

If you’re selling a Queensland-registered heavy vehicle that’s part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme maintenance module and the vehicle will not continue to be in the scheme, you will need to get a certificate of inspection before you can transfer it.

Visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website for information on adding or removing a vehicle from your fleet.

Moving your vehicle to Queensland

Check how to change your interstate registration if you move to Queensland or buy a vehicle already registered in Queensland.

Is your new vehicle really yours?

Check the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) if you're buying a second-hand vehicle.

The search will give you a complete history of the vehicle and will let you know if anyone apart from the seller has a security interest in the vehicle.

Last updated
24 September 2014

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