Temporary movement permit
What is a temporary movement permit?
A temporary movement permit is a third party insurance policy issued for the purpose of allowing an unlicensed vehicle to be driven on a road only for the purposes shown below.
Temporary movement permits can be obtained for the purposes of driving or towing:
- an agricultural vehicle to a farm or agricultural property and to remain on such property;
- an agricultural vehicle to or from the nearest place where repairs may be made;
- an unlicensed vehicle to another Jurisdiction for licensing. The client should be advised to check the validity of the WA temporary movement permit in other Jurisdictions;
- a tractor for display or demonstration to and from an agricultural or industrial field day;
- a vehicle currently licensed in another Jurisdiction that has been purchased by a resident of Western Australia;
- a vehicle to a place of repair with the intention of licensing the vehicle;
- a vehicle for display or demonstration to the royal and country agricultural shows; and/or
- a vehicle to a Vehicle Examination Centre for inspection.
The permit only provides insurance cover in respect of a third party injured or killed because of an accident involving the vehicle for which the permit is issued. It does not provide cover in respect of damage to property including the vehicle itself. If insurance of this type is required, it must be arranged separately with private insurers.
A temporary movement permit cannot be issued for:
- any unlicensed motor vehicle that is being moved for parts or wrecking;
- caravans and trailers being moved from site to site or being taken to or from a holiday resort;
- once only movement of a boat jinker; or
- overwidth and/or over length caravans.
Any conditions or limitations of use that have been endorsed on the permit by the issuing officer must be complied with.
Important note: Generally, temporary movement permits are only valid for 48 hours from the nominated start time. However, in certain circumstances a permit may be issued for longer periods approved by the Director General.
Can I carry a load?
A vehicle subject to a temporary movement permit should not carry a load on a road unless the goods are the property of the owner of the vehicle and are not for sale or disposal. For example, goods that can be carried include boats on trailers and goods carried in caravans, display vehicles etc.
Display of number plates
Am I required to display number plates to identify a vehicle subject to a temporary movement permit?
It is not compulsory for a vehicle that is subject to a temporary movement permit to display number plates.
Owners of vehicles that do not have number plates must quote the chassis / vehicle identification number to the issuing officer so that the vehicle may be positively identified on the temporary movement permit and may be checked by either the police or an examiner as necessary.
Is a permit valid in other States?
WA temporary movement permits are valid for use through SA and the NT up to the expiry date of the temporary movement permit. Vehicles with a current temporary movement permit are also covered for third party insurance by the Insurance Commission of Western Australia while the vehicle is travelling within these Jurisdictions.
Drivers are no longer required to obtain a new permit at the WA / SA or WA / NT border to continue their journey unless the temporary movement permit is likely to expire during the journey. If the temporary movement permit expires, the third party insurance cover also expires. The vehicle then cannot be driven on any road without a subsequent permit being issued.
The driver must present the temporary movement permit to SA or NT authorities if they are asked to do so, or else they may be charged with driving an unlicensed vehicle. This has implications for clients applying for a temporary movement permit over the phone. These clients will need to wait for the temporary movement permit to be posted to them or alternatively they will have to attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent and apply for the temporary movement permit in person.
The process described here does not apply to any other Australian Jurisdictions other than SA and the NT.
How much does it cost?
A compulsory third party insurance fee is paid on all temporary movement permits issued for periods less than 48 hours. Stamp duty is also charged on the issue of temporary permits plus 10% GST.
Fees for a temporary movement permit and examination are provided in the document below.
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Buy a temporary movement permit (online)
You may obtain a temporary movement permit in three ways:
- Buy a permit online (light vehicles only)
- Telephone 13 11 56
- Visit one of our Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agents
Please note: Online temporary movement permits are only available for light vehicles.
A light vehicle is one that is less than 4500kg gross vehicle mass/aggregate in weight. This includes vehicles such as motorcycles, motor cars, utes, vans, trailers, caravans, small trucks and buses.
Temporary movement permits purchased online may be modified prior to the commencement of the movement period. In order to use the online facility, you will need to be a holder of a Western Australia driver's licence.
- When you contact us make sure you have your vehicle's engine number, chassis number and plate number (if still attached).
- Please make cheques or money orders payable to the 'Department of Transport'.
Important: If you are attending a Department of Transport examination centre, please insure you have a booking before purchasing your temporary movement permit. To pre-pay for your examination fee online. (see schedule of fees below).
- The pre-pay option is not applicable for vehicle examinations at Approved Inspection Stations.
How and where to get your vehicle examined
The Department has numerous vehicle examination centres located in the Perth metropolitan area and in regional areas. Pre-booking your examination is essential.
In addition, there are numerous privately operated Approved Inspection Stations that can undertake vehicle examinations. These are mainly located in regional areas. If your vehicle is to be examined by a non Department of Transport centre, such as an Approved Inspection Station, you will need to book and pay the examination fee directly with that station.
For information on making a booking, opening hours, and location maps please select from the following:
- Metropolitan vehicle examinations
- Regional vehicle examinations
- Vehicle examination fees (includes permits).
Important note: If you vehicle is unlicensed (unregistered) you will need a Temporary Movement Permit to drive the vehicle to the examination location.