License a vehicle from interstate

Find out the procedure to license a vehicle in Western Australia (WA) that is currently registered in another state or territory.

  Overview: License a vehicle from interstate

Vehicles from other Australian states or territories can only be licensed in Western Australia if they are primarily kept in this state.

Licensing a vehicle a vehicle in Western Australia (WA) that is currently registered in another state or territory requires:

  • Proof the vehicle is to be based in WA.
  • Proof of owner identity.
  • Evidence the vehicle is currently licensed in your name.
  • Evidence of tare weight, for all vehicles except motorcycles.
  • Evidence of aggregate weight for all load carrying vehicles (towed and commercial/goods vehicles).
  • Your vehicle number plates.
  • The appropriate fees to licence your vehicle for six or 12 months.

For more information, please download the fact sheet below.

A list of documents you will need to bring with you is provided in (Form VL20).

LBU_VL_B_BringingYourVehicleTo_WA.pdf icon Bringing your interstate vehicle to Western Australia (Fact sheet) Kb
LBU_F_VL_190_InterstateHauliers.pdf icon Interstate hauliers registration application (Form VL190) Kb
LBU_F_VL_20_LicenceInterstateVehicle.pdf icon Interstate vehicle licence (without inspection) application (Form VL20) Kb

  Step 1: Is a roadworthiness examination required?

A vehicle may be licensed in Western Australia without requiring an examination, if:

  • It is a light vehicle. (i.e. tare weight/aggregate weight less than 4,500 kg), and;
  • Proof of the vehicle tare weight/aggregate weight is provided, and;
  • It is currently licensed in another Australian State or Territory, and;
  • It is currently licensed under your name either;
    • For a continuous period of at least 12 months, or;
    • If it is less than 12 months old and you provide proof that you are the first licence holder from new, and;
  • The vehicle has an approved immobiliser fitted (unless it is a motorcycle, trailer or caravan), and;
  • The vehicle is unmodified, or has been issued with a valid modification permit, or has a modification that does not require approval, and;
  • It does not require an annual examination.

For more information on the process of getting these criteria checked, please go to Is a roadworthiness examination required?

If your vehicle does not meet the above criteria, you will need to get the vehicle examined.

Please go to Get a vehicle examined for more information on how to do this.

  Step 2: Complete an application (Form VL17)

If the vehicle required an inspection then you will need to complete an Application to license a vehicle (Form VL17). If the vehicle meets the criteria for an exemption from an examination then you can complete an interstate vehicle licence (without inspection) application (Form VL20).

Vehicle licence duty

A vehicle licence duty is payable on the dutiable value of the vehicle, including the value of any trade-in, unless evidence is produced that the vehicle was previously licensed in your name. More information is available in Form VL17.

To find out how much duty is payable, please use our online vehicle licence duty calculator.

Some persons and vehicles types are may receive full or partial exemptions from payment of the duty. Please refer to the Concessions page for more information.

LBU_F_VL_17_LicenceVehicle.pdf icon Application to license a vehicle (Form VL17) Kb
LBU_F_VL_20_LicenceInterstateVehicle.pdf icon Interstate vehicle licence (without inspection) application (Form VL20) Kb

  Step 3: Provide proof of being based in WA: Interstate vehicle

You may be required to provide proof that the vehicle will be primarily kept in Western Australia in order to licence the vehicle in this state.

  Step 4: Provide proof of identity

Only one person can be nominated as the licence holder. Form VL186 is to be used where an owner is required to be nominated as the licence holder. This form must accompany the new vehicle license application form in order to verify the applicant's particulars.

Please go to Proof of identity for more information.

LBU_F_VL_186_ProofIdentity.pdf icon Proof of identity: Nominated owner - vehicle licence holder (Form VL186) Kb

  Step 5: Remove interstate number plates

You will need to submit your application in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

Please remove your vehicle licence plates after you arrive at the centre or agent. Remember to bring your old number plates in with you.

Note: The Department does not provide a licence plate removal service.

  Step 6: Submit the application in person (Form VL20)

Applications for a new vehicle licence must be submitted in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

You will need to provide:

  • Completed interstate vehicle licence (without inspection) application form VL20.
  • Proof of being garaged in WA.
  • Completed proof of vehicle ownership Form VL186.
  • Interstate licence plates.*
  • Proof of current interstate licence or ownership.*
  • Weighbridge certificate (required if no evidence of tare weight supplied.).
  • Modification approval certificates (if required).
  • Certificate of inspection (if required).

* Note:

Your number plates must be exchanged (fees apply) for a set of WA plates upon being issued with a WA vehicle licence.

Proof of current interstate licence or ownership must show that the vehicle is currently licensed in your name and has been for a continuous period of at least 12 months at the time of application (unless the vehicle is less than 12 months old).

LBU_F_VL_20_LicenceInterstateVehicle.pdf icon Interstate vehicle licence (without inspection) application (Form VL20) Kb
LBU_F_VL_186_ProofIdentity.pdf icon Proof of identity: Nominated owner - vehicle licence holder (Form VL186) Kb

  Driver and Vehicle enquiries (online)

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Page last updated: Fri Jan 20 2017 7:49:16 AM