Transfer vehicle ownership
Typically, you will only need to complete one of these following steps.
Restrictions on transfers
Unpaid infringement notices or court fines may cause a licence suspension or prevent the grant, renewal or transfer of a vehicle licence.
- You are encouraged to check the vehicle licence status before considering the sale or purchase of a vehicle.
- Vehicle owners that might have outstanding infringement notices or court fines may contact the Fines Enforcement Registry on 1300 650 325 to enquire if their unpaid fines that have led to a suspension of the vehicle licence.
Until a suspension has been removed, the vehicle is considered unlicensed and continued use of the vehicle will be in contravention of the Road Traffic Act 1974.
Further details or enquires in relation to these matters can be obtained by contacting the Fines Enforcement Registry on 1300 650 235.
A person can place a restriction on their vehicle's licence to prevent another person from transferring it. To place a restriction on a licence the customer must provide a Court Order to a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional Agent.
A transfer cannot occur unless the restriction is removed by the presentation of another Court Order to a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional Agent.
Public passenger vehicle licences (i.e. taxis, small charter vehicles, hire and drive, or omnibuses licensed under the Transport Coordination Act 1966) can only be transferred if the operator provides a written authority from Passenger Services at the Department of Transport. If the vehicle is no longer to be used as a passenger vehicle, this authority is not required. However, any special identification plates (i.e. taxi plates) must be returned and a general series plate issued before the transfer can proceed.
The following outlines the steps required to transfer vehicle ownership. More detailed information is provided in the vehicle licence transfer form.
Fees and charges associated with a change of ownership
Vehicle licence duty is a tax paid to the Office of State Revenue on establishing or transferring a vehicle licence. It is charged at a percentage rate of the dutiable value of a vehicle. Driver and Vehicle Services and associated regional Agents act as an agent for the Office of State Revenue when collecting this tax.
Transfer Fee is a fee that represents a cost recovery for the administration of the licensing system when a change of ownership is processed.
Some clients and vehicles may be exempt from some or all of these charges.
Vehicle licence duty calculator
Driver and Vehicle Services is required by the Duties Act 2008 to collect vehicle licence duty when a vehicle is licensed or its licence is transferred.
Any caravan defined as 'a trailer (including a camper trailer) permanently fitted for human habitation in the course of a journey' is exempt from the payment of Vehicle Licence Duty.
Fees applicable as of 1 July 2013.
To determine the total vehicle licence duty payable for a particular type of vehicle:
- Step 1: select classification of vehicle (light vehicle, used/new, OR heavy vehicle, used/new),
- Step 2: enter the "Dutiable value" of the vehicle (rounded up to the nearest dollar) in the field below, and
- Step 3: click on the "Calculate Fee Payable" button. The total fee payable will be displayed below.
Vehicles with a concession
If you acquire a vehicle that is licensed with a concession and that concession does not apply to you, you must advise us. A vehicle licence may be considered to be invalid if the correct licence fees are not paid.
To find out the licence duty payable use our online vehicle licence duty calculator.
Fees for vehicle transfers and licences is provided in the schedule of licensing fees below.
Important note: If you disagree with the duty fee payable you can lodge an objection (see below).
Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)
To find out if your vehicle is listed on the Written-Off Vehicle Register or if the car you are buying has money owing on it, check out PPSR online.
To make a PPSR enquiry, you will only need to provide the chassis or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Note that there will be no provision for searching or registering an interest by plate or engine number on the PPS Register.
- PPSR online
- Telephone PPSR on 1300 007 777
- PPSR online is administered by the Registrar of Personal Property Securities
PPSR can tell you whether a vehicle, boat or farm machinery has money owing on it (encumbered) before making a purchase. This is important because a third party (e.g. a bank or finance company) may be able to repossess the vehicle you have purchased due to an encumbrance.
A search of the PPS Register will also create a request for vehicle information from the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System - NEVDIS. Depending on the information NEVDIS holds, this will include written off and stolen status information (if applicable) in addition to make, model, colour and other information.
|Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)|
Transfer between spouses
The Department of Finance has amended the Duties Act 2008 to introduce an exemption from vehicle licence duty upon the transfer of a vehicle licence between spouses or de facto partners of at least two years (including same-sex de facto partners).
Eligibility for an exemption from the payment of vehicle licence duty is available in the following circumstances:
- The transfer of the vehicle licence must be between persons who are married to each other or who are de facto partners of two years.
- Neither person can hold the vehicle as a trustee of a trust.
- The transfer of the licence must be for a vehicle used for private purposes. This is determined by whether the vehicle is eligible to have a reduced rate of licence fees (Private rate option) on your vehicle renewal.
- The vehicle can not be a heavy vehicle and the tare weight of the vehicle must not exceed 3,000 kg.
- The vehicle must not be used for carrying passengers or goods for hire or reward or in any business, trade or profession.
An application for a spousal/de facto vehicle licence duty exemption must be completed by both parties on a Department of Finance ‘Application for an exemption from duty for the transfer of a vehicle licence between spouses or de facto partners’ form, along with a Notification of Change of Ownership form (MR9).
The transfer of the vehicle licence cannot be processed unless the forms have been signed by both the current licence holder (transferor) and the proposed licence holder (transferee).
Important note: Although the transferee will be exempt from paying the vehicle licence duty, a transfer fee is still payable.
|Notification of change of vehicle ownership (Form MR 9)||Kb|
|Department of Finance: Vehicle licence duty forms|
Vehicles with optional or personalised plates fitted
If the vehicle is fitted with personalised/special series plates and they are being sold with the vehicle, the purchaser and seller must each complete and submit a 'Transfer of rights to display special plates' (Form VL 176). The form is available below.
The purchaser will then have to pay the applicable plate transfer fee (see schedule of licensing fees above).
Important note to purchaser: If you do not want to keep the plates, return them to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre to receive a set of ordinary state plates. Please note a fee applies.
Important note to seller: If you do not intend to sell the plates, return them to a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre for retention and receive a set of ordinary state plates for the vehicle you are selling. Please note a fee applies.
|Transfer of right to display optional plates (Form VR 176 was MR 176)||Kb|
Vehicle licence duty payable objection
If you consider the vehicle licence duty determined by us too high, you can lodge an objection against the value with the Commissioner of State Revenue.
For more information, or to make an objection, visit the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Office of State Revenue.
|Office of State Revenue|