Auxiliary plates

You will need to purchase and affix an auxiliary plate if a bike rack or mobility device is attached to your vehicle and obstructs the view of your rear number plate.

  What are auxiliary plates?

Each character (letters and numbers) of a number plate must be clearly visible when the vehicle is used on the road. If you attach a bike rack or mobility device rack to the rear of your vehicle and it or the load obstructs any character on the number plate from being read, you will need to purchase and affix an auxiliary plate.

Your auxiliary plate will display the same characters as the number plate issued for the vehicle.

The Department of Transport, Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) will provide an auxiliary plate for fitment to bicycle or wheelchair carriers when attached to the rear of a vehicle to assist vehicle owners to meet their obligation to ensure number plate characters can be read whenever the vehicle is used or driven, and to support on road law enforcement.

Auxiliary plates are made of aluminium and have the following dimensions:

  • Motor vehicle plate 253mm x 99mm.

Sample images

Auxiliary plate sample: 1 ABC 123 Auxiliary plate sample: BCREATIVE

Auxiliary plate fee

Fee type Fee
Auxiliary licence plates $26.85
LBU_Plates_AuxPlatesFAQ.pdf icon Auxiliary plates (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb

  General terms and conditions

The applicant for an auxiliary plate agrees to the following terms and conditions:

  • An auxiliary plate cannot be used on a taxi, small charter vehicle, omnibus or off road vehicle.
  • Payment in full is required on submission of the application.
  • An auxiliary plate remains the property of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Transport (DoT).
  • The CEO reserves the right to refuse any application.
  • An auxiliary plate cannot be sold; however it may be passed on to the new vehicle owner upon selling the vehicle or included in the transfer of optional number plates.
  • Number plates no longer required must be returned to a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre, regional DoT office or DVS agent on behalf of the CEO.
  • An auxiliary plate will only be produced on an aluminium plate with a white background and blue characters. Plate size and colour options, such as with optional plates, are not available.
  • The dimensions of the plate are 253 mm x 99 mm.
  • An auxiliary plate must be stored in a safe and secure location when not in use.
  • An auxiliary plate does not replace the need for a vehicle to have the issued rear or front number plate fitted to the vehicle.
  • If an auxiliary plate is not collected from DVS within three (3) months after the date of a collection email issued to you, the plate will be destroyed. You will be required to pay for, and submit, a new application to request the manufacture of another auxiliary plate.
  • In addition to these terms and conditions, the regulatory requirements governing the plates on your vehicle must also be adhered to.

  Step 1: Apply and pay for your auxiliary plate online

Auxiliary plates are only available via an online account at DoTDirect.

Please log in to your existing online account, or create a new account

Order an auxiliary plate via DoTDirect

LBU_Plates_AuxPlatesFAQ.pdf icon Auxiliary plates (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb

  Step 2: Collection of your auxiliary plate

You will receive an email notification advising you that your plate is ready for collection from the DVS centre, regional Department of Transport office or authorised agent you nominated when applying.

You must take the following with you to the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent when you collect your plate:

  • Primary proof of identification.
  • If the plate is not collected within three (3) months of the date of the collection email, the plate will be destroyed and you will have to apply for a new auxiliary plate.

Collection of your new plate by a third party

The vehicle owner may nominate another person to collect auxiliary plates, subject to the following conditions:

  • The person collecting the plate must have proper primary identification, and evidence of your consent.

The vehicle must be currently licensed or within the renewal period (i.e. 3 months prior to or following the expiry date).

LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or Photo Card) Kb

  Fitting plates to your vehicle

Screws are not supplied with plates issued by the Department of Transport.

You will need to organise the removal of the old plates and attachment of the new plates yourself, or arrange for them to be fitted by a car dealership or garage.

Euro Series

As vehicle design specifications vary, plates in the Euro Series are produced without any pre-drilled holes. This allows you to position the holes to suit your vehicle.

  Driver and Vehicle enquiries (online)

This form is designed for Driver and Vehicle (licensing) enquiries only.

Please note we will not respond to any feedback which contains sexist, racist or any other anti-social or inappropriate comments.

 

Page last updated: Mon Apr 1 2019 2:48:42 PM