Register a caravan or light trailer
Caravans and light trailers on Queensland roads must be registered. Registration services for caravan and light trailers are offered at some transport and motoring customer service centres. If you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provide these services.
New registration for caravans or trailers
You need to apply for registration in Queensland when:
- buying a caravan or light trailer that has never been registered
- moving from another state or territory
- your registration expired more than 3 months ago.
Transfer interstate registration for caravans and light trailers
If you move to Queensland and your interstate registration for your caravan or light trailer is current, you must register it in Queensland within 14 days. For information on cancellation requirements and refunds on interstate registration you will need to contact the relevant government agency.
Before registering a caravan or light trailer
You may need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre for an inspection. Make sure you visit one that provides caravan or light trailer registration services.
Before towing your unregistered caravan or light trailer you must:
- complete a vehicle registration application (F3518)
- remove expired number labels (if applicable) and number plates. Both Queensland and interstate number plates can be returned to a transport and motoring customer service centre.
Registration labels are not required for light caravans and trailers if your vehicle's aggregate trailer mass (ATM) is not more than 4.5 tonne.
You can then tow your caravan or light trailer to:
- an approved inspection station—to get a safety certificate if your vehicle's ATM is over 750kg
- an authorised gas installer to get a gas certificate—if your caravan has gas appliances or fittings
- a transport and motoring customer service centre to apply for registration.
Apply for registration
To register your caravan or light trailer you need:
- a completed a vehicle registration application (F3518)
- a completed self assessment of single axle trailers (F3970)—if you are registering a trailer with a single axle that has less than 750kg aggregate trailer mass
- an unregistered vehicle permit to move it—if safety work needs to be done before registration
- an original copy of the current Queensland safety certificate—if you are registering a trailer that more than 750kg aggregate trailer mass (unless the trailer is brand new)
- a gas systems certificate that is less than 3 months old if your vehicle has gas appliances
- evidence of the vehicle's garage address—such as current driver licence, rates notice, gas, electricity or phone bills, or a bank statement issued within the last 6 months
- evidence of your identity
- payment for registration costs. Note there is no vehicle registration duty payable when registering a trailer or caravan.
Take these documents to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre. If you are registering a light trailer or caravan on behalf of an organisation, find out how to provide evidence of identity.