Register a vehicle or boat
Motor vehicles and boats used on Queensland roads and waterways must be registered. A motor vehicle also includes motorcycles, mopeds and motor trikes.
Register a boat
You can apply for registration in Queensland if the boat has an engine of 3kW or more, and:
- the boat is being used only for recreation
- is a tender to a ship but is being used for recreation (such as fishing or tourist activities)
- the boat is owned by schools, surf lifesaving or other community groups and is used for purposes other than recreation.
If your boat is not used solely for recreational purposes, you will need to contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Maritime Safety Queensland).
Find out how to register a boat in Queensland.
Register a vehicle
- New registration
- Renew your registration
- Check your registration status
- Make changes to your registration
- Apply for a common due date
You need to apply for a new registration in Queensland when:
- buying a new vehicle that has never been registered
- buying a used unregistered vehicle or boat
- moving from another state or territory
- if your registration has expired more than 3 months ago.
Watch the following video or use our registration help tool for a quick look at how to register a used motor vehicle or motorcycle.
When operating an unregistered vehicle on the road for the purpose of registration, it is acceptable for the vehicle to be driven back to its garaging address if it is not possible to register the vehicle on that day due to insufficient time or to other registration requirements that were not able to be obtained. It is no longer required to drive the most direct route to obtain the required registration documentation prior to presenting your vehicle at a transport and motoring customer service centre.
Registering a new or used vehicle
When you buy a new or used vehicle, from a dealer, generally they can 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.
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 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—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, you need to refer to the registration checklist and take these items with you when registering your vehicle.
You must take the vehicle with you to a customer service centre because it may need to be inspected before it can be registered.
Driving your 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 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 your vehicle, you cannot legally drive unless you are carrying a CTP insurance certificate and a completed vehicle registration application (F3518). This will allow you to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate and then to a transport and motoring customer service centre. 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 other registration requirements that were not able to be obtained.
Towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered
If you are towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered, you can arrange your CTP insurance when you apply for your registration. You can nominate a CTP insurer on your vehicle registration application form and pay for your CTP insurance with your registration.
To register your vehicle in Queensland, you need to:
- complete vehicle registration application (F3518)
- complete new customer application (F3503) if it is your first time doing business with the department
- provide an original copy of your current Queensland safety certificate:
- handwritten certificates—bring the original blue copy
- electronic certificates—bring a printed copy or write the certificate number on the vehicle registration application
- 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
- provide evidence of your identity—such as your current driver licence
- pay the vehicle registration fees
- pay vehicle registration duty unless exempt.
You may also need these additional certificates:
- 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 uses gas or is fitted with gas fittings or systems—you will need a gas inspection certificate that is less than 3 months old.
- 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 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.
You will receive a registration notice about 4 weeks before your registration expires. The notice will show the cost to renew your registration.
From 1 October 2014, changes to registration labels for light vehicles—such as cars, motorcycles and light trailers—mean you no longer need a registration label or certificate after you renew your registration.
However, you can still request a registration certificate online, or by phoning 13 23 80.
Heavy vehicles more than 4.5t will still require registration labels. After you have paid your registration, we will send you a registration label and certificate in the mail. It may take at least 10 working days to receive your label and certificate—depending on how you paid and if you live in a remote area.
If you pay your registration on or before the due date, you must attach your new registration label to your vehicle within 21 days of the date that your registration was due to expire.
If you pay your registration after the due date, you must attach your new registration label to the vehicle within 21 days from the date you paid.
The old label must be removed from your vehicle, at the same time that the new registration label is attached or 21 days after the expiry date of the vehicle's registration, whichever happens first.
2 labels must not be attached to a vehicle at any 1 time.
Keep your receipt, or receipt number as proof of your payment—until you receive and attach your registration label.
You may be fined if you:
- drive with an expired registration
- don't attach your new label
- don't remove your old label.
When a registration has expired
If your registration has expired, it is illegal to drive your vehicle until you have paid your registration fee. If the fee is not paid until after the expiry date of the previous registration term, the registration status of the vehicle will be ‘expired’, meaning the vehicle is unregistered and possibly uninsured, until the fee is paid.
The expiry date does not change if you pay late. If you drive an unregistered vehicle you can be fined.
You can only renew your registration up to 3 months after the expiry date. After this date you need to apply for a new registration.
Check the status of your registration
Check your vehicle's registration online using the registration number or use the free QLD Rego Check mobile app which can be downloaded using iTunes or Google Play. This service can be used to check if the vehicle you will be driving is registered.
You can also check your registration by calling the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80, or checking the due date by looking on your registration documentation for when you paid last time.
Make changes to your registration
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, 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
- use our online service
- call 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, QGAP office, or local police station that provides registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.
- contact your preferred CTP insurer before your next registration renewal who will notify us on your behalf.
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, 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.
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:
- licensed tow truck
- non-profit use
- 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, 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.
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, 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 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 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:
- visit a 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—please call to confirm before visiting.
- write to Transport and Main Roads
Central Operations and Support
Common Due Date Officer
GPO Box 2211
Brisbane Qld 4001
- email CDD@tmr.qld.gov.au
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.