Transferring registration from a deceased registered operator

The loss of a relative or friend can be a difficult time. Managing the affairs of a deceased person can be complex but we aim to make the finalisation of vehicle registrations and personalised or customised plates as easy as possible.

We trust that you appreciate that there are certain requirements that must be met to ensure that all transactions made on behalf of the deceased person or their estate are legitimate.

We may be advised that someone has passed away by Births, Deaths and Marriages or by the deceased person’s next of kin. If the deceased person had vehicles or personalised or customised plates registered to them, we will send a letter to their last known address. This letter will advise the estate of any vehicles or number plates in the deceased person’s name that need to be transferred or cancelled.

If a vehicle was registered in two names, it can be transferred free of charge to the surviving registered operator who must produce proof of death (if a Registration Notice Individual Restriction letter has not been received) and original evidence of identity. No other application forms or documents are required.

Find out what you need to do to transfer or cancel registration products

The requirements to transfer or cancel registration products depend on a number of factors. Use these questions and answers to help to work out what you need to do.

Questions to answer

  1. Have you received a “Registration Notice Individual Restriction” letter?
    • Yes
    • No

30 day survival period

Generally, the beneficiary of a deceased estate must survive the deceased by 30 days in order to benefit under the will. During this period, an application to transfer a vehicle's registration should not be made unless:

  • the Will specifically states that the beneficiary is not required to survive the deceased by 30 days
  • registration is being transferred into the 'estate of' the deceased person.

Failure to transfer registration

A vehicle must be registered in the name of a person or legal entity. This ensures that we can identify the person or entity responsible for the operation of a vehicle, the safety of that vehicle on a road and the payment of any associated fees.

When we are notified that a person has passed away, we place a restriction against the vehicle/s and personalised or customised plates that are in the name of the deceased. The restriction will not allow the registration of these vehicle/s to be renewed until the registration is transferred to a legal entity.