Conditional registration explained
Conditional registration is registration for non-standard vehicles that do not comply with the standard regulations for registration and have a genuine need for limited access to the road network.
Vehicles that comply with normal registration requirements are not eligible for conditional registration. This includes truck-based mobile machinery and cranes.
- gives you limited access to Queensland roads
- gives you the protection of compulsory third party (CTP) insurance in the event of a crash occurring on a road causing personal injury
- determines the conditions for use to ensure safe operation of the vehicle while on a road
- please note, when a vehicle is to be used for recreational purposes it is recommended that the access approvals are obtained from the land/road owner as well as the Queensland Police Service before applying for registration. The vehicle will not be able to be used unless the access approvals are held.
Conditionally registered vehicles must comply with the conditions for use outlined in the Guideline for conditionally registered vehicles in Queensland (Form 17).
The Vehicle Standards instruction (General 27) – vehicle standards for conditionally registered vehicles (PDF, 354KB) can be used as a guide to assist in determining if your vehicles comply with Form 17 and regulation requirements.
Vehicles that may have conditional registration
Vehicles that may be conditionally registered include some agricultural, construction and recreational vehicles.
Examples of vehicles that may require conditional registration include:
- 2-, 3- or 4-wheeled recreational vehicles.
Do I need to conditionally register my non-standard vehicle?
In Queensland it is illegal to drive a non-standard vehicle on the road without conditional registration. You may be fined if you don't have registration and if the vehicle is involved in a crash, you may not be covered by insurance.
If a non-standard vehicle is not being driven on a road (see following definition of a road), and is only used on private property, then it may not need conditional registration.
Definition of a road
The definition of a road under Queensland law includes areas such as:
- shopping centre car parks
- railway crossings
- areas open to the public for use as a road
- road-related areas—areas that are part of a road and include areas such as footpaths and nature strips.
You may wish to obtain legal advice if there is any doubt to whether an area you are operating your vehicle is considered a road.
Limited road access available for conditional registration
There are 3 categories of road access allowable under conditional registration:
- limited access registration—vehicles are predominantly restricted to worksites and designated areas
- zone access registration—vehicles are allowed to travel on road for distances of 20km, 40km or 80km—depending on their areas of operation in Queensland
- Note: when viewing zone maps, reference is made throughout the maps to 'heavy vehicle zones'. This is because the maps are used for the purposes of both the Guideline for conditionally registered vehicles (form 17) and the Guideline for excess dimension agricultural vehicles and agricultural combinations, (form 14)
- unrestricted access registration—appropriate vehicles will be allowed unlimited access but may still have conditions that apply to the time of operation.
Apply for conditional registration
You no longer have to complete a vehicle registration application form when visiting a transport and motoring customer service centre.
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 vehicle in Queensland, you need to:
- complete a vehicle details inspection sheet (F3529)
- please note, when a vehicle is to be used for recreational purposes it is recommended that the access approvals are obtained from the land/road owner as well as the Queensland Police Service before applying for registration. The vehicle will not be able to be used unless the access approvals are held
- nominate your compulsory third party insurer
- provide evidence of the vehicle's garage address (F4362)—such as current driver licence, rates notice, gas, electricity or phone bills, or a bank statement issued within the last 6 months
- if you are unable to provide a garage address, you can complete the Queensland garage address statement form (F4408)
- provide evidence of identity such as your current driver licence
- pay the registration fee—registration costs include the administration fee, CTP insurance and the cost of the number plates
- you can call 13 23 80 to find out the fees for conditional registration
- pay vehicle registration duty.
Take the documents with you to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or if you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.
Mandatory helmet requirements
It is a requirement for quad bike riders and the drivers of utility off-road vehicles and any passengers carried, to wear an approved motorcycle helmet when the vehicle is operating on a road or road related area.
The requirement for the operator of a quad bike or utility-off road vehicle and their passengers to wear a motorcycle helmet is a requirement under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Road Rules) Regulation 2009. Failing to comply with the mandatory helmet requirements will result in a fine of $400.50 and the incursion of 3 demerit points. This offence will also be subject to existing motorcycle helmet double demerit point penalties. If 2 or more motorcycle helmet offences are committed within a 12 month period, the second and subsequent offences will incur double demerit points.
Exemptions from wearing an approved motorcycle helmet still only apply for the driver and passengers of utility off-road vehicles being operated under condition code LO3, provided the vehicle has factory fitted seatbelts and a roll over protection system. There are no other default exemptions from wearing an approved motorcycle helmet for quad bike riders and passengers.
The mandatory helmet requirements apply to quad bikes and the following registration categories of utility off-road vehicles:
- Utility off-road vehicle <2.5t GVM agricultural (primary producer only)
- Utility off-road vehicle used for construction purposes
- Utility—off-road vehicle used for recreation (<2t GVM, 2 axles only)
Passengers prohibited on quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles
Children under the age of 8 are prohibited from being carried as passengers on quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles, as well as any child of any age if they are unable to sit with their feet flat on the floor and hands on handholds.
Do I need an inspection or safety certificate?
No. On the application form there is a section that must be signed by the registered operator verifying that the vehicle complies with the vehicle standards of construction detailed in the Queensland guideline for conditionally registered vehicles. There is no requirement to get a vehicle inspection or safety certificate in addition to the declaration made on the application form.
Changes to your conditional registration
If you need to change vehicle details complete a conditional vehicle change of vehicle particulars notification form (F4100), provide proof of identity and take both with you to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or if you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.
The changes you make may affect the cost of your registration and CTP insurance – if they do, you will need to pay the difference. You can call 13 23 80 for information about these costs.
Transfer conditional registration
To transfer conditional registration, complete a conditional vehicle registration transfer application (F4101) and take it to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or if you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office , Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services within 14 days of purchasing the vehicle.
Please note, when vehicles are to be used for recreational purposes it is recommended that the access approvals are obtained from the land/road owner as well as the Queensland Police Service before applying for registration. The vehicle will not be able to be used unless the access approvals are held.
The form is in 2 parts—the acquirer and disposer must complete and sign both parts.
Check how to transfer a vehicle's registration to see what documents you will need.
Compulsory third party insurance
Your CTP insurance will cover you for personal insurance claims made against you by other road users including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists if a crash occurs on a road (subject to the scope of the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994).
CTP insurance will not cover you for property damage.
Make sure you have appropriate insurance to cover you for the range of risks associated with your vehicle both on and off road.
Visit the Motor Accident Insurance Commission website for more information about CTP insurance.
Your public liability policy does not cover you if a crash occurs while you are driving a vehicle on a road that requires registration by law. Make sure you have CTP insurance and appropriate public liability insurance to cover you in all circumstances.
For more information on public liability and general insurance consult your insurance broker/adviser.