How to transfer registration online
If you sell or dispose of your vehicle (for example, a car, motorcycle, heavy vehicle, caravan or trailer) or boat to another person, you may be eligible to transfer the registration out of your name with our online service.
This transaction can be made as soon as you sell your vehicle or boat, but must be within 14 days from the date of sale. Read about what conditions apply to the seller for this online service.
If you have purchased or acquired a vehicle or boat and the seller has lodged an application to transfer the registration online or in person, you can complete the transfer of registration into your name online. The registration must be transferred within 14 days after the sale and transfer fees will apply. Read about what conditions apply to the buyer for this online service.
These services are only available for some Queensland registered vehicles and boats. You cannot transfer the Queensland registration into another state or territory or vice-versa.
You can use this service if you are:
- transferring your vehicle or boat's registration to 1 person only, who has a Queensland driver licence or customer reference number—registrations cannot be transferred online to more than 1 person or to an organisation
- not claiming an exemption from providing a safety certificate.
You cannot use this service if your vehicle or boat:
- is currently under a Number Plate Confiscation Notice issued by the Queensland Police Service
- is subject to enforcement action by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER)
- is fitted with a gas fuel system or other gas system (for vehicles only)
- has personalised plates attached
- is registered with a purpose of use other than private or commercial
- is conditionally registered
- is a bus or minibus
- is mobile machinery
- is a special interest vehicle
- is a motorised mobility device (motorised wheelchair/mobility scooter)
- is 15m or more in length (for boats only).
To transfer your registration online you will need to provide your details and the buyer's details, such as their driver licence number, name and email address. Other information such as the date of sale, dutiable value and odometer reading are also required.
If you have sold your boat you need to know how and where the buyer intends to store the boat.
For vehicles and trailers (with an aggregate trailer mass over 750kg) you will need a current electronically issued safety certificate or certificate of inspection. This certificate needs to be recorded with the Department of Transport and Main Roads before you can transfer the registration online. Contact the approved inspection station where your certificate was issued for more information.
If you are given a handwritten certificate or an unassigned* certificate please present this in person at a transport and motoring customer service centre to have it recorded before transferring the registration online. If you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services can also record the certificate.
After you transfer your registration online, you may view, print or send a copy of the confirmation to your email address.
*An unassigned certificate is issued when your vehicle's details are not recorded in our system (for example, interstate registered vehicles) or do not match what is already recorded in our system.
You can use this service if:
- the seller has lodged an application to transfer the registration online or in person—you will receive an email if the registration transfer has been lodged online
- you are transferring a Queensland registered vehicle or boat into 1 name only—registrations cannot be transferred online to more than 1 person or to an organisation
- you have a Queensland driver licence or customer reference number
- you are not claiming an:
- exemption from providing a safety certificate
- exemption from paying vehicle registration duty
- exemption from paying the transfer fee
- you are not applying a concession to the registration.
To transfer your registration online you need to provide your Queensland driver licence number or customer reference number, the dutiable value, odometer reading and purpose of use. Transfer fees apply and you will need to pay the registration renewal if it is expired.
If you are transferring a boat registration you will need to provide the boat's storage method, place and postcode.
If the seller has lodged an application to transfer the registration online (or in person), you do not have to complete the transaction online if you don’t want to. Instead, you can visit a transport and motoring customer service centre to complete the transaction, or if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.