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Motor vehicles and motorcycles (including mopeds and tricycles) used on Queensland roads must be registered.

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New registration

You need to apply for a new registration in Queensland when:

Watch the following video or use our registration help tool for a quick look at how to register a used light motor vehicle or motorcycle.

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Registering a new or used motor vehicle

When you buy a new or used vehicle, from a dealer, generally they will arrange registration and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance for you. You need to provide proof of identity such as your current driver licence. If you are eligible for a registration concession make sure you let the dealer know and provide proof to enable the dealer to include the concession. You cannot have a concession on 2 vehicles at the same time for some concession types.

If a dealer has not arranged registration of your vehicle, or if you buy a vehicle privately, the new registration must be done 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.

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

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

Pre-registration inspection

You must take the vehicle with you because it may need to be inspected before it can be registered.

Light motor vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4.5t or less and motorcycles may require a pre-registration inspection to confirm the vehicle’s identity.

A pre-registration inspection must be conducted on all heavy motor vehicles with a GVM over 4.5t to ensure the vehicle complies with Australian Design Rules.

Pre-registration inspection services for heavy motor vehicles can be done by an accredited person under the Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme.

Pre-registration inspection services for motor vehicles are only 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 provides these services—please call to confirm before visiting.

Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme accredited persons cannot perform inspections for imported motor vehicles that have never been registered in Australia before. This must be done by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Driving your motor vehicle to be registered

If your vehicle is currently registered in another state or territory and the number plate/s are attached, you have 14 days to register your vehicle 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 vehicle 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.

If your vehicle is unregistered and you need to drive on the road to register it, you cannot legally drive unless you are carrying a CTP insurance certificate and a completed vehicle registration application (F3518). Any number plate/s on the vehicle must be removed, you may be fined if you don't. This will allow you to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate or certificate of inspection and then to 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 vehicle 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.

Towing your motor vehicle on a trailer to be registered

If you are towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered, you can nominate a CTP insurer on your vehicle registration application form and pay for your CTP insurance with your registration.

Registration checklist

To register your vehicle in Queensland, you need to:

Note: The additional vehicle registration duty of $2 for each $100 for light vehicles with a dutiable value of more than $100,000 does not apply if you entered into a contract to purchase the vehicle before 1 July 2018. The normal rates of duty still apply.

To apply for relief, you will need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre and submit your signed purchaser declaration confirming your eligibility for the exemption along with your application form. Call 13 23 80 for more information.

You may also need the following:

  • If you are driving your vehicle to get it registered—the original CTP insurance certificate (6 or 12 month registration period) from a licensed insurer. Your vehicle must have CTP insurance cover before you can legally drive it on the road.

Note: if your vehicle will be used for more than 1 purpose, the CTP insurance class with the higher premium is applicable. If you are considering renting your vehicle, it is advisable to contact your CTP insurer.

  • If your vehicle is a heavy vehicle with a GVM over 4.5t and your vehicle has had a pre-registration inspection completed by an accredited person—you will need the applicable pre-registration vehicle inspection sheet.
  • If your vehicle uses gas or is fitted with gas fittings or systems—you will need a gas inspection certificate that is less than 3 months old issued by an authorised installer:
    • The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy 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 vehicles that have manufacturer-installed gas fittings or systems do not need a gas inspection certificate.
  • If your vehicle has a gross vehicle mass over 4.5t—a weighbridge certificate or other acceptable evidence of the vehicle's tare (unladen) weight. View a current list of Queensland public weighbridge stations.

Make changes to your registration

Registration address

If you need to change your registration address, you must change it before paying registration.

To change your registration address, you can:

  • use our online service
  • phone 13 23 80
  • write to Department of Transport and Main Roads
    PO Box 2211
    BRISBANE QLD 4001
  • visit a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

    Note: if a vehicle is registered to an organisation instead of a person, you can’t use our online service to change its registration address.

Compulsory third party insurance or input tax credit entitlement

To change your CTP insurer or input tax credit entitlement you can:

Change of vehicle details/vehicle modifications

If you have changed your vehicle's details or you've had a modification made to your vehicle you must complete a change of vehicle particulars notification (F3524) and lodge it at a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, or local police station that provides registration services—please call to confirm before visiting. You must bring your modified vehicle with you to be inspected and also bring proof of your identity.

The details you are changing or the modifications you make may affect the cost of your registration fee and/or CTP insurance—if they do, you will need to pay the difference.

Get more information about light vehicle modifications.

Changes to purpose of use

The purpose of use listed on a vehicle’s registration describes how it is allowed to be used. Common purposes of use include:

  • private
  • commercial
  • dealer
  • licensed tow truck
  • non-profit use
  • taxi
  • driver trainer and tuition.

To change from one purpose of use to another, you must complete a change of vehicle particulars notification (F3524) and lodge it at a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting. You must also bring proof of your identity.

The change of your vehicle’s purpose of use may affect the cost of your CTP insurance—if it does, you will need to pay the difference.  

Other changes

To make other vehicle changes not listed here, or to change your name, you will need to visit a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.

Apply for a common due date

If you have 5 or more vehicle registrations or 2 or more heavy vehicle registrations with the same Transport and Main Roads Customer Reference Number (CRN) you can apply to have a common due date so all your registrations expire on the same day. You can't have a common due date with a 3 or 6 month pay term.

You can have more than 1 common due date but you must have at least 5 or more vehicle registrations or 2 or more heavy vehicle registrations for each common due date at all times, otherwise the common due date will automatically expire on your CRN. A common due date cannot be applied to a boat.

How to apply

To apply for a common due date, an organisation or individual can:

You will need to provide:

  • the name of the organisation, company/business name, or individual name/s
  • your CRN, Australian Company Number (ACN) or Australian Business Number (ABN) if known
  • the preference for your common due date (please provide more than 1 date as your first choice may be unavailable), or additional dates if you require more than 1 common due date. The most suitable common due date will be chosen from the dates provided

    Note: the following dates cannot be used:
    • 28 and 29 February
    • 1 July
    • 31 December
    • All dates in June and October

  • a list of the registrations to be attached to each common due date
  • the name of the individual or joint registered operators—the request must be signed by all parties to ensure they all agree to having their registrations on a common due date
  • a signed request if a company/business requires a common due date—signed either by the organisation's proprietor, fleet manager or someone in authority on company letterhead.

Note: a common due date cannot be removed or added to a registration via Transport and Main Roads online services.

Contact Transport and Main Roads to find out more about a common due date via email CDD@tmr.qld.gov.au or 13 23 80.

Changes to heavy vehicle registration

Find out more about the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme and national heavy vehicle number plates that begins 1 July 2018 in Queensland.

Perpetual registration

You can only legally register your vehicle for road use in Queensland through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, even though some organisations claim to offer perpetual vehicle registration.

If you purchase perpetual registration online, your vehicle will be considered unregistered and you will not be covered by compulsory third party insurance.

Availability of our online services

Check that the online service is available for when you want to renew your registration.

Don’t leave it too late to renew your registration—you risk being an unregistered and uninsured driver.

Last updated
1 July 2018
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