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National heavy vehicle registration

From 1 July 2018 the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme will align some heavy vehicle registration functions and a number of policies across Australia. Jurisdictions will continue to perform registration related functions and are responsible for registering heavy vehicles in their state.

Find out more about the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme and other jurisdictions participating in the scheme and when they commence.

Heavy vehicles affected

The National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme will apply to all heavy vehicles in Queensland, that is motor vehicles or trailers over 4.5 tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM).

The scheme does not apply to heavy vehicles registered under the conditional registration and special interest vehicle schemes, and farm plate and Queensland Fire and Rescue authority vehicles.

Changes to heavy vehicle registration

Under the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme:

  • Heavy vehicles will be issued a national heavy vehicle number plate.
  • National heavy vehicle number plates will be transferable between participating jurisdictions when registering vehicles in another state or territory.
  • Operators can choose to have a common due date if they have 2 or more heavy vehicles registered under the same customer reference number.
  • Heavy vehicles will no longer need to display a registration label, except Federal Interstate Registration Scheme vehicles which must continue to display a label until transitioned to the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme.

The Federal Interstate Registration Scheme will cease for any new registrations from 1 July 2018. Existing vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme will be transitioned at renewal to the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme, at no cost.

When do I need a national heavy vehicle number plate

Standard number plates will no longer be issued to heavy vehicles from 1 July 2018. Operators of currently registered heavy vehicles in Queensland do not need to swap their current standard number plates or personalised or customised plates for a national heavy vehicle number plate, but can choose to.

You must have a national heavy vehicle number plate, when:

Example of national heavy vehicle number plate

You will need to surrender your standard number plates when your national heavy vehicle number plate is issued.

Transition from the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme

All scheme operators with registrations expiring on or after 1 July 2018 must transition to the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme.

Instead of your registration notice, you will receive a letter 4 weeks before your registration expires advising that it's time to change to the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme or you can choose to change prior to this date. You will need to surrender your Federal Interstate Registration Scheme number plates when the national heavy vehicle registration number plate is issued.

Federal Interstate Registration Scheme vehicles transitioning from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 (inclusive) will not be required to pay the national number plate fee or vehicle registration duty.

Your Federal Interstate Registration Scheme plates will no longer be valid from 30 June 2019.

Find out more about the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme closure.

Registration labels

Heavy vehicles registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme must still display a registration label until transitioned at renewal. If your label has been lost or damaged you can order a replacement registration label online or call the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.