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Government/Commercial plates

Special identification plates are issued by Transport to vehicles licensed to carry passengers for a fare or hire fee, such as taxis and tourist buses (excludes Transperth and Westrail passenger service buses).

  Commonwealth plates

Vehicles licensed to the Commonwealth Government of Australia are issued with special number plates.

These plates are black on a white background with the letter 'Z' in red as the prefix of the plate.

  • An example of a Commonwealth vehicle number plate is: ZAN123.

Since the year 2000 when the Commonwealth Vehicle Registry closed, the responsibility for the issue of Commonwealth Government of Australia number plates was passed on to the states and territories for issue.

These vehicles can only be licensed at the West Perth Driver and Vehicle Services Centre by a private vehicle leasing company.

  Government plates

Government plates are issued by Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) to motor vehicles, trailers and motorcycles licensed in the name of Government Agencies.

The plates are issued for general use on government vehicles and are manufactured on demand in large quantities in an ascending alpha/numeric series.

In certain circumstances a government agency will inform DVS that approval has been given for some of their vehicles to be licensed with a state series plate.

Government plates have a blue background with white reflectorised characters.

Examples of government plates are:

  • Vehicle plates: 1QAA123
  • Trailer plates: 1QTA123
  • Motorcycle plates: 1QA123

  Hire and drive plates

Hire and drive plates are issued in the following format.

  • 6Y@ ###
  • 7Y@ ###
  • 8Y@ ###
  • 9Y@ ###
  • 1Y@@ ###

@ = alpha character
# = numeric character

It is not compulsory for hire and drive to display special identifying number plates.

  • If a hire and drive vehicle displaying special identifying plates is sold for private use, the plates must be changed before the vehicle is transferred.
  • Vehicles with seating for more than eight people that are available for Hire and Drive it yourself purposes must have an inspection prior to licensing and annually thereafter before the licence expires.
  • Vehicles with seating for less than eight people do not require annual inspection.
  • The correct rate of Motor Injury Insurance (MII) must be paid.

  Plates issued to vehicles used for hire or reward

From 4 July 2016 a new category of on-demand transport vehicle has been created under the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966. All existing Omnibus licence categories will be integrated into the new 'Charter Vehicle' category of licence, with the exception of Regular Passenger Transport (public transport buses).

There will be a requirement in the future for all PT, TC and SCV plates to be returned, with the option of having the new charter vehicle plate (CVL) or state number plates issued.

A = alpha character. N = numeric character

* Some small charter vehicle plates were issued in an optional plate configuration which did not have the SCV alpha identifier.

However, the plates were issued in the SCV colour combination and with 'SMALL CHARTER VEHICLE' appearing on the bottom of the plates.

Please refer to On-demand Transport for information on how to apply for these Plates.

Plates issued to vehicles used for hire or reward

Type Format Style Issuer
Metropolitan Taxis TAXI NNNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Country Taxis CT NNNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Peak Period Taxis TAXI 3NNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Multi-purpose Taxis TAXI 2NNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Private Taxis PT NNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Omnibus (Tourist Buses) (not Transperth or Transwa) TC NNNN Red letters, white background On-demand Transport
Small Charter Vehicles SCV NNNN Green letters, white background Small Charter Vehicle written on both plates On-demand Transport

  Transperth and Westrail bus plates

Buses operated by Transperth are issued with 'TP' series plates (TP NNN) and buses operated by Westrail are issued with Government series plates (UQB NNN).


Page last updated: Fri Sep 7 2018 9:14:22 AM