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Register your trailer or caravan

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Trailers and caravans  used on Queensland roads must be registered.

New registration

You need to apply for new registration in Queensland when:

  • buying a new trailer or caravan that has never been registered
  • buying a used unregistered trailer or caravan
  • you have moved from another       state or territory
  • your registration       expired more than 3 months ago.

Before registering your trailer or caravan

Most  trailers and caravans do not need compulsory third party (CTP) insurance if they are being towed by a  Queensland registered vehicle. Check with the CTP insurer of your towing vehicle to see if cover is provided to the  trailer or caravan being towed. Visit the Motor Accident Insurance Commission website for more information.

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

You cannot submit a new  registration application via Transport and Main Roads online services.

Pre-registration inspection

You may need to take  your trailer or caravan with you for a pre-registration inspection before it  can be registered.

The type of  pre-registration inspection required will depend on your trailer or caravan  design and whether it has been registered in Australia previously. Inspection  types include:

  • Department of Transport and Main Roads identity  check inspection–this inspection is required at first registration of an  imported trailer or a trailer with a Department of Transport and Main Roads Low  Volume Vehicle Identification Number and may only be carried out at  some transport and motoring customer  service centres or if you live in a rural area,  a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provide these services—please call to  confirm before visiting.
  • self-assessment  compliance inspection for  single axle trailers with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of  750kg or less only–this inspection  ensures that trailers or caravans comply with vehicle standards and may be carried out by the operator, a motor dealer or trailer  manufacturer.
  • compliance  inspection for trailers  with more than one axle or that have an ATM of more than 750kg–this inspection ensures trailers or  caravans comply with Australian Design Rules and may be carried out at some transport and motoring customer  service centres or if you live in a rural area,  a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provide these services—please call to  confirm before visiting.

    This inspection can also be conducted by an accredited person under the Heavy  Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme (HVRAS).  HVRAS accredited persons cannot perform  inspections for imported trailers that have never been registered in Australia  before. This inspection must be done by the Department of Transport and Main  Roads.

Towing  your trailer or caravan to be registered

If your trailer or caravan is currently  registered in another state or territory and the number plate is attached, you  have 14 days to register it in Queensland and may be fined if you don't. This  will allow you time to get a safety certificate or certificate of inspection and then register your trailer or caravan 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.

For information on cancellation requirements and  refunds on interstate registration you will need to contact the road agency  from that jurisdiction.

If your trailer or caravan is unregistered and you need to tow it on the  road to register it, check  with the CTP insurer of  your towing vehicle to see if cover is provided to the trailer or caravan being  towed. Any number plate on the trailer or caravan must be removed—you may be fined if you don’t. You can then legally tow your trailer or caravan on the road to  get a safety certificate or  certificate of inspection and then register it 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.

It is acceptable for you to drive the trailer or  caravan back to its garaging address if it is not possible to register the  vehicle on that day due to insufficient time or to get other registration  requirements that were not able to be obtained.

Both Queensland and interstate number plates can be returned 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 that  provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

Registration checklist

You no  longer have to complete a vehicle registration application form when visiting a transport and motoring customer service  centre for trailers or caravans less than or equal to 4.5t ATM.

If  you are attending a QGAP office, Magistrates court or local police station that  provides registration services, you will still need to complete a vehicle registration application (F3518) and, if it’s your  first time doing business you will also need a new customer application (F3503).

To register your trailer or caravan in Queensland, you  need to:

  • provide       an original copy of the current Queensland safety       certificate or certificate of inspection—if you       are registering a trailer or caravan with an ATM of more than 750kg       (unless the trailer or caravan is brand new)
    • handwritten certificates—bring the original        blue (safety certificate) or pink (certificate of inspection) copy
    • electronic        certificates—bring a printed copy or write the        certificate number on the vehicle registration application

You may also need:

  • an unregistered       vehicle permit to move the trailer or caravan if safety work needs to be done       before registration
  • a completed  self assessment of single axle trailers (F3970)—if you are registering a single axle trailer with an ATM of 750kg       or less
  • the applicable pre-registration       trailer inspection sheet  if your trailer has an aggregate trailer mass       (ATM) of over 750kg and your trailer has had a pre-registration inspection       completed by an HVRAS accredited person
  • a gas inspection certificate that is less than 3 months old if your       trailer or caravan is fitted with gas fittings or systems
    • The Department        of Natural Resources and Mines 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 trailers or caravans that have manufacturer-installed gas        fittings or systems do not need a gas inspection certificate.
  • a modification plate and certificate if your trailer       or caravan has been modified from the manufacturer’s original       specifications.