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Changing your registration—moving interstate or buying a Queensland registered vehicle

Find out how to change your registration if you are:

Moving to Queensland—change your registration

If you move to Queensland from another state or territory,  you must get Queensland registration and a Queensland driver licence. You have  14 days to register your vehicle in Queensland and may be fined if you don’t.

When you register your  vehicle in Queensland, you can apply to get a refund on the remaining part  of your interstate registration.

To do this, you need to hand in your interstate number  plates at a transport  and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP  office, Magistrates  Court or local police  station that provides vehicle registration services.

You will get a receipt for the surrender of the number plates. To cancel the interstate registration and receive a refund you must contact the interstate authority where your vehicle was previously registered.

If your heavy vehicle is currently registered in another state or territory under the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme and has national heavy vehicle  number plates attached, you will be able to use these plates when registering the vehicle in the same name in Queensland.

Find out more about the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme.

If you have purchased  personalised or customised number plates from the interstate authority you will  have to check with them to see whether you can keep the plates.

Moving from Queensland to interstate

If you move to another state or territory and take your  Queensland registered vehicle with you to your new address, you will need to  register your vehicle in that state or territory.

When you register your vehicle in another state, surrender  the number plates to the transport authority and make sure to get a plate  surrender receipt. To do this, you need to contact the relevant transport  authority to find out their registration requirements.

If your heavy vehicle is currently registered in Queensland under the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme and has national heavy vehicle number plates attached, you will be able to use these plates when registering the vehicle in the same name in another participating jurisdiction.

Find out more about the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme.

Refund of unexpired Queensland registration

You can apply to the Department of Transport and Main Roads  for a refund of the unexpired portion of Queensland registration, as well as  the compulsory third party (CTP) insurance component.

A refund will only be issued to the registered operator of  the Queensland registered vehicle—this is the person who the vehicle is registered  to. If you’re not the registered operator of a vehicle  you cannot get a refund.

To apply for a refund of unexpired registration

Mail a completed cancellation  of registration form (F3517) with a copy of the plate receipt  to:

Department of Transport and Main Roads
Rockhampton Customer Service Centre
PO Box 5096
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND MC QLD 4701

Make sure you provide your mailing address on the form.

Buying a  Queensland registered vehicle from interstate

A vehicle must be garaged at a Queensland address to be  registered in Queensland. If you live interstate and purchase a vehicle that is  registered in Queensland, you cannot register it in your name in Queensland  unless you have a Queensland garaging  address.

If you can’t transfer the Queensland registration into your  name, you may ask the seller to cancel  the vehicle’s registration at a transport  and motoring customer service centre. You can then apply for an unregistered  vehicle permit to transport the vehicle to your home address. To  register the vehicle you will need to contact the transport authority in your  state or territory to find out their registration requirements.