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Changes to rego labels

You no longer receive a registration label when you register your vehicle.

This only applies to some vehicles, including:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • light trailers
  • light caravans
  • light buses
  • motorised wheelchairs
  • light commercial vehicles
  • conditionally registered vehicles
  • dealer/trader plates
  • special purpose vehicles

Heavy vehicles (over 4.5t gross vehicle mass) and recreational boats will still need to display registration labels (excluding conditionally registered and special purpose vehicles).

Will I be fined if I don't remove my expired registration label?

The requirement to display registration labels was removed from 1 October 2014.

You will not be fined if you leave an expired registration label on a vehicle that no longer receives a label.

Can I put my own label on my vehicle to remind me when it is due?

You may attach a label, you have made or purchased, to remind you of the vehicles due date, as long as it is attached in a way that it does not obstruct a drivers vision. For example, it is recommended that it be attached to the lower left corner of the wind screen, or to the lower part of the left side window.

Check your registration

Check your vehicle's registration online or via the free QLD Rego Check mobile app which can be downloaded 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.

Do I still need to register my vehicle?

You still need to register your vehicle if you continue driving, you just won't have to put a registration label on your vehicle.

Driving an unregistered vehicle is an offence and you may get a fine. It is your responsibility to make sure the vehicle you are driving is registered and has Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. If you don’t have CTP insurance you may not be covered if there is an accident or injury to yourself or others.

Transport inspectors and police officers can check that your car is registered through your number plate. This can be done through in car checks using hand held devices, or through the use of mobile and fixed cameras—which have the ability to quickly check the registration status of your vehicle.

Selling or buying a used vehicle—what happens with registration?

When a vehicle gets registered in your name, you will receive a registration certificate. You don't need to provide a buyer with a current registration certificate or replacement registration certificate.

You should retain your registration certificate or vehicle registration notice in case a potential buyer wants to confirm the vehicle or registered operator’s details.

Renewing your registration

Your renewal notice you receive about 4 weeks before your registration expiry is now called a Vehicle Registration Notice and will include all the certificate information. If you forget to renew your registration by the due date, you will be sent a reminder.

Registration certificate

In most cases you will no longer receive a registration certificate when you renew your rego.

Registration certificates are still issued when:

  • you buy a new vehicle
  • transfer a vehicle's registration
  • a vehicles registration period is varied at renewal (due to over or under payment)
  • common due date vehicles are renewed
  • changes to registration are made.

If you have changes to your insurance provider, change of number plate, vehicle or personal details you will also receive an updated certificate.

You can apply online for a replacement registration certificate if you need a new one, or call Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

Heavy vehicles and recreational boats will continue to receive registration certificates.

Replacing a rego label

Only heavy vehicles and recreational boats will be able to order a replacement label online from 1 October 2014.

You can also order a replacement label by calling Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

Travelling interstate

You can travel interstate without displaying a label on your light vehicle from 1 October 2014.

Last updated
30 May 2017
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