Get a vehicle examined

You may need to get your vehicle examined in order to license it, remove a compliance notice (yellow sticker), or if your vehicle requires an annual examination. Find out how and where to get your vehicle examined in Western Australia.

  What is checked in a vehicle examination?

Man inspecting a vehicle

Your vehicle is being examined to ensure it complies with safety standards. Here is a list of some of the standard safety aspects of a vehicle. Please note this list is provided for general advice only:

  • Body work.
  • Brakes.
  • Chassis and suspension.
  • Drive Line.
  • Electrical.
  • Steering.
  • Tyres and rims.
  • Vehicle identification.
  • Vehicle modifications.

The following guide provides more detail regarding these safety aspects.

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  Reasons you may need to get your vehicle examined

You may need to get your vehicle examined for the following reasons:

  • You want to license (register) your vehicle in Western Australia.
  • You receive a compliance notice (often referred to as a yellow sticker, work order or defect notice).
  • You have modified your vehicle (for example: change body, engine, dimensions).
  • Your vehicle is subject to an annual examination*.
  • You want to license a repairable written-off vehicle.

*Annual examinations

Some vehicles must be examined every time the vehicle licence (registration) is renewed.

These vehicles include:

  • Buses.
  • Taxis.
  • Other types of vehicles, such as driving instructor vehicles.

You will be sent a notification letter informing you of this annual requirement. If you have not received a notification letter and you believe your vehicle may be subject to an annual examination, you should contact us.

  How and where to get your vehicle examined

The Department has a number of vehicle examination centres located in the Perth metropolitan area for which pre-booking your examination is essential.

In addition, there are numerous privately operated Approved Inspection Stations (AIS) that can undertake vehicle examinations. These are located in metropolitan and 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, fees, opening hours, and location maps please select from the following:

Note:

  • If you vehicle is unlicensed (unregistered) you will need a Temporary Movement Permit to drive the vehicle to the examination location.
  • Personal imports must be inspected at a DVS Vehicle Examination Centre. Personal imports cannot be inspected at an AIS.

  Metropolitan vehicle examination fees (2016/2017)

DoT vehicle examinations must be pre-booked and pre-paid.

  • To make a booking for a vehicle inspection at the DoT Welshpool Vehicle Inspection Centre please call 1300 782 713 between am and pm weekdays.
  • Privately operated Approved Inspection Station arrangements vary, please refer to individual booking procedures below.

Book at an Approved Inspection Station

  • You will need to book and pay for the examination fee directly with your chosen provider.
  • Approved Inspection Station telephone numbers and hours of operation vary; please check with the individual provider.
  • Pre-payment is not usually required at an Approved Inspection Station.

Please note:

Goods and Services Tax (GST) was removed for vehicle examination fees from 5 October 2013.

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Vehicle permits

Fee type Fee
Temporary movement permits (all class except Class 6) $29.05 ^
Temporary movement permits (Class 6) $24.20 ^
Modification permit $19.50

^ includes Motor Injury Insurance (MII), Vehicle Licence Duty and GST.

Perth - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $94.85
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $51.00
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $150.80
Re-examination fee $99.90
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $65.30

Perth - General vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Engine change $65.30
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) $65.30

Authorised Inspection Stations

Fee type Fee
Establishment fee $261.95
Renewal fee $131.70
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  Regional vehicle examination fees, by location (2016/2017)

Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) vehicle examination fees are benchmarked against the Regional Price Index (RPI) rate applicable to their location.

The RPI, developed by the Department of Regional Development, is the most appropriate measure available for calculating the cost differentials between Perth and the regions.

For more information about the RPI, please visit the Department of Regional Development.

Please note:

Goods and Services Tax (GST) was removed for vehicle examination fees from 5 October 2013.

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Vehicle permits

Fee type Fee
Temporary movement permits (all class except Class 6) $29.05 ^
Temporary movement permits (Class 6) $24.20 ^
Modification permit $19.50

^ includes Motor Injury Insurance (MII), Vehicle Licence Duty and GST.

Gascoyne - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $106.50
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $73.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $73.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $57.25
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $169.30
Re-examination fee $112.15
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $73.30

Goldfields/Esperance - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $97.85
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $67.35
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $67.35
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $52.60
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $155.60
Re-examination fee $103.05
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $67.35

Great Southern - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $94.85
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $51.00
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $150.80
Re-examination fee $99.90
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $65.30

Kimberley - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $109.45
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $75.35
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $75.35
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $58.85
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $174.00
Re-examination fee $115.25
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $75.35

Midwest - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $97.60
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $67.15
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $67.15
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $52.45
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $155.15
Re-examination fee $102.75
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $67.15

Peel - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $94.85
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $65.30
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $51.00
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $150.80
Re-examination fee $99.90
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $65.30

Pilbara - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $111.40
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $76.70
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $76.70
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $59.90
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $177.15
Re-examination fee $117.35
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $76.70

South West - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $96.90
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $66.70
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $66.70
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $52.10
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $154.10
Re-examination fee $102.05
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $66.70

Wheatbelt - Vehicle examination fees

Fee type Fee
Light vehicles (MRC 4,500 kg or less)  
Any other light vehicle: Initial examination fee $97.00
Any other light vehicle: Re-examination fee $66.80
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Initial examination fee $66.80
Caravan and trailer (without brakes), motorcycle, motor carrier: Re-examination fee $52.15
Heavy vehicles (MRC over 4,500 kg)  
Initial examination fee $154.25
Re-examination fee $102.15
Minor examination fee (verification of vehicle details only) includes engine change $66.80

Authorised Inspection Stations

Fee type Fee
Establishment fee $261.95
Renewal fee $131.70
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  Minor inspection policy

A formal 'minor inspection' policy applies to vehicles considered to be in low risk categories in regards to roadworthiness.

Criteria

The minor inspection policy applies to light vehicles (less than 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass) in the following categories:

  • Motor cars.
  • Motorcycles and scooters derivatives.
  • Light commercial vehicles (utilities and tray tops etc.), caravans and trailers.

These vehicles must also:

  • Be less than 3 years old (based on the compliance date).
  • Have travelled less than 60,000 km (where an odometer is fitted).
  • Not be recorded on the Written-Off Vehicle Register (WOVR).

The minor inspection policy also applies to any licensed vehicle requiring identity verification or reassessment only, irrespective of the age of the vehicle. This policy does not apply to:

  • Factory new vehicles.
  • Public passenger carrying vehicles (buses, taxis etc, whether used for hire and reward or not) or any other vehicle that is subject to annual examination.
  • Boat trailers.
  • Heavy vehicles.
  • Dangerous goods vehicles.
  • Vehicles recorded on the Written-Off Vehicle Register (WOVR).
  • Vehicles subject to a compliance notice (often referred to as a yellow sticker, work order or defect notice).

These vehicles will continue to be fully examined. Given the detail outlined in this policy, an examiner may elect to fully examine any vehicle if they have reason to believe the vehicle is unsafe or that other issues warrant closer scrutiny of the vehicle and its equipment.

  Reporting a crash

Timely reporting of hazards from the community is vital to maintaining our road network and associated infrastructure.

The driver of a vehicle and/or rider of a bicycle must report a traffic crash when the incident occurred on a road or any place commonly used by the public, e.g. car parks and the:

  • Incident resulted in bodily harm to any person.
  • Total value of property damaged to all involved parties exceeds $3,000.
  • Owner or representative of any damaged property is not present.

Reporting a hazard

For traffic lights and hazards on roads please inform Main Roads WA using their online form or calling 138 138.

You may also find it helpful to use a street map or a Internet map to identify the street name and location of the hazard.

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External Link Crash Report: online crash reporting facility
External Link Google maps
External Link Main Roads WA: Report a problem

  Vehicle examination related links

 

Page last updated: Tue Aug 23 2016 1:52:27 PM