Sell a vehicle (transfer licence)

You must advise the Department within 14 days of purchasing a licence vehicle. Failure to do so may result in a penalty.

As the buyer or seller you have the choice of transferring the vehicle online using DoTDirect or by submitting a form.

Option A: Transfer a vehicle via your online account

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DoTDirect is a suite of applications and tools that are designed to make your life easier by letting you do your licence transactions online.

  • Customers with DoTDirect online accounts can conveniently transfer vehicles online.
  • You can even do it on your mobile phone while buying a vehicle.

Online vehicle transfers are available to individuals and all the information you need to transfer a vehicle out of your name is the buyer's driver's licence number and surname.

Some vehicles cannot be transferred online. These include vehicles that are:

  • Part of a court order or deceased estate.
  • To be jointly owned.
  • Being transferred between spouses or de facto partners.
  • Heavy vehicles.
  • Issued with optional plates.

If you submit your transfer online, a transfer form is not required by the Department, however you may wish to obtain proof of purchase documents for your own records.

Option B: Transfer a vehicle via a form

If your vehicle cannot be transferred online, it can only be transferred by submitting a transfer form (Notification of change of ownership (Form MR9). Please complete the following process.

  Information for the seller

You have the choice of transferring your vehicle online or by submitting a form.

You must advise us within seven days of selling a licensed vehicle. Failure to do so may result in a penalty

  • If you submit your transfer online, a transfer form is not required by the Department, however you may wish to obtain proof of purchase documents for your own records.
  • The buyer and seller do not have to transfer the vehicle in the same way (for example, the seller could transfer it online and the purchaser could submit the transfer form).

Sale of vehicle to an interstate purchaser

If you are the WA vehicle licence holder you will need to de-licence the vehicle by returning the plates to the department in order to claim a refund of any remaining portion of the WA licence. This must be done prior to sale to an interstate purchaser.

An interstate purchaser of a WA licensed vehicle cannot claim a refund of the remaining portion of a WA vehicle licence.

Once a vehicle is re-licensed in another state or territory the WA licence is cancelled and no refund is payable to either the WA owner/seller or the interstate purchaser.

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  Step 1: Obtain a copy of the vehicle licence transfer form

The Notification of change of ownership (Form MR9) form can be downloaded below or you can collect one from a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.

LBU_F_VL_MR9_VehicleTransfer.pdf icon Notification of change of vehicle ownership (Form MR9) Kb

  Step 2: Complete the notification of change of vehicle ownership (Form MR9)

Complete the (Form MR9) with the purchaser (buyer) as it needs to be completed by both the seller and the purchaser at the time of sale.

Make sure that you complete all of the information required of the seller on the form, including the declaration at the foot of the (Form MR9).

Note:

If you choose to download a copy of the vehicle transfer form it will not be carbonated. The sellers copy and the purchasers copy must both be completed and signed by you and the purchaser.

From 1 July 2008, the section of the Stamp Act 1921 dealing with vehicle licence duty was replaced by the Duties Act 2008. Some commonly used terms have also changed.

  • Market value (for vehicles) is now known as dutiable value.
  • Stamp duty (for vehicles) is now known as vehicle licence duty.

The definition of dutiable value for a new vehicle may now mean the retail selling price published in an advertisement or detailed in a temporary pricing bulletin provided the manufacturer, importer or principal distributor has fixed the price for that particular promotional period.

Dutiable value for all other vehicles, such as new or used heavy vehicles, caravans, trailers or all used motor vehicles, is defined as the amount for which the vehicle might reasonably be sold, free of encumbrances in the open market.

LBU_F_VL_MR9_VehicleTransfer.pdf icon Notification of change of vehicle ownership (Form MR9) Kb

  Step 3: Give the buyer the 'Purchaser's copy' (red) and other documents

You will need to keep the Seller's copy (green) and give the Purchaser's copy (red) to the buyer.

Make sure you give the licence papers and any other applicable documentation to the buyer also.

The purchaser is responsible for completing the transfer of the vehicle and to ensure a Government approved immobiliser is fitted (if required). As a courtesy, please supply any information regarding the immobiliser to the buyer.

If the vehicle being sold is subject to a concession, you should advise the buyer of the concession.

  Step 4: Mail the 'Seller's copy' to DOT

You will need to mail the 'seller's copy' to the Department of Transport within 7 days from sale of the vehicle. The address is provided on the form. We recommend you keep a copy of the form for your records.

 

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