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License a repairable written-off vehicle

Find out how to license a repairable written-off vehicle in Western Australia. A list of authorised written-off inspection service providers is also found here.

  Repairable written-off vehicle licence

Vehicles can only be licensed in Western Australia if they are primarily kept in this state.

If you wish to repair a repairable written-off vehicle and drive it on public roads, you will need to apply for a vehicle licence.

Note:

All new vehicles must have an immobiliser installed. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that an approved immobiliser is used. For more information, please go to the Immobilisers page.

Please download the fact sheet below for more information.

LBU_VL_FS_RepairableWrittenOffVehicles.pdf icon Guidelines for licensing repairable written-off vehicles (Fact sheet) Kb

  Step 1: Keep good records

During the repair process you are required to retain all receipts for parts purchased and used on the vehicle.

Note:

If the vehicle has had a repair or replacement air-bag system, a report from an accredited agent/dealer is required to certify that the system is complete and operational.

  Step 2: Get the vehicle inspected: Repairable written-off vehicle (Authorised Providers)

Before applying the final trim, fillers, paint and finishes to the vehicle, you will need to have the vehicle inspected by an authorised written-off inspection service provider.

Note:

Fees are charged by the provider and are not regulated by the Department of Transport.

Moving an unlicensed vehicle

You will need to apply for a temporary movement permit to move an unlicensed vehicle.

  Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service providers (Authorised Providers)

Authorised Providers are independent businesses that have been trained and appointed by the Department of Transport to perform inspections on repaired written-off vehicles.

Note:

Fees are charged by the provider and are not regulated by the Department of Transport.

Moving an unlicensed vehicle

You will need to apply for a temporary movement permit to move an unlicensed vehicle.

Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service providers

Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Vehicle type Comments
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Albany Hitchcock Panel Beaters (Written-off inspections) (08) 9841 3000 Yes Please call for details. 23 Minna Street, Albany WA 6330 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Albany Westerberg Panel Beaters and Westerberg Towing (Written-off inspections) (08) 9841 2262 Yes Please call for details. Corner Vine and Douglas Streets, Albany WA 6330 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Light vehicles, motorcycles
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Broome Vehicle Modification and Certification Service (Written-off inspections) 0473215038 Yes Please call for details. 45A Blackman Street, Broome WA 6725 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Heavy vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Taxis, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Bayswater Inspections West (Written-off inspections) (08) 9272 3055 Yes Please call for details. 224 Collier Road, Bayswater WA 6053 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Bunbury Novel Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) (08) 9721 2376 Yes Please call for details. 49 Albert Road, Bunbury WA 6230 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles, trailers
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Busselton Busselton Panel & Paint (Written-off inspections) (08) 9751 5470 Yes Please call for details. Unit 1, 9 Corner Bensted and Isaacs Streets, Busselton WA 6280 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Cannington Uneeda Tyre & Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) (08) 9458 1521 (08) 9350 5645 Yes Please call for details. 36 to 38 Hogarth Street, Cannington WA 6107 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles, trailers
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Canningvale Panelhaus Accident Repairs Pty Ltd (Written-off inspections) (08) 9455 5549 No Please call for details. Unit 2, 9 Martin Place, Canningvale WA 6155 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light Vehicles, Trailers, Caravans only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Geraldton Nu-Life Panel & Paint (Written-off inspections) (08) 9964 1818 Yes Please call for details. 19 Boyd Street, Geraldton WA 6530 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Light vehicles, trailers
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Geraldton Obrien Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) (08) 9921 2288 Yes Please call for details. 14 Box Street, Geraldton WA 6530 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles, trailers
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Hamilton Hill Bacich Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) 9418 1764 No Please call for details. 155 Rockingham Road, Hamilton Hill WA 6163 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Light vehicles; including trailers
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Karratha Karratha Smash Repairs Pty Ltd (Written-off inspections) (08) 9185 3333 Yes Please call for details. Unit Lot 1114, Lot 1114 Mooligunn Road, Karratha WA 6714 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Light vehicles only.
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Kewdale Kewdale Motorcycles (Written-off inspections) (08) 9353 3772 Yes Please call for details. 126 Kewdale Road, Kewdale WA 6105 Authorised Agency Motorcycle, Motorcycles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Malaga J & M Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) (08) 9249 3455 Yes Please call for details. 287 Victoria Road, Malaga WA 6090 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Midland Steve's Motorcycles (Written-off inspections) 9374 0911 No Please call for details. 58 Elgee Road, Midland WA 6056 Authorised Agency Motorcycle, Motorcyles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Osborne Park Bert Bennett Panel Centre (Written-off inspections) (08) 9444 4130 No Please call for details. 12 Ruse Street, Osborne Park WA 6017 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Motorcycle, Caravan, Light Vehicles, Trailers, Caravans and Motorcycles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Rockingham Wadley's Panel Beaters (Written-off inspections) (08) 9527 3585 Yes Please call for details. 26 Morgan Street, Rockingham WA 6168 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles only
Authorised written-off vehicle inspection service Wangara Wanneroo Smash Repairs (Written-off inspections) (08) 9302 6055 Yes Please call for details. 14 Competition Way, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency Light vehicle, Trailer, Caravan, Light vehicles, trailers and caravans

  Step 3: Get the vehicle inspected: Repairable written-off vehicle

Once the vehicle has been passed by the authorised written-off vehicle inspection service provider, it must then undertake an identity and roadworthy inspection. This is done at an Authorised Inspection Station once the final trim, fillers, paint and finishes to the vehicle have been applied.

Moving an unlicensed vehicle

You will need to apply for a Temporary Movement Permit to move an unlicensed vehicle.

  Step 4: Complete an application (Form VL17)

Once the vehicle has successfully passed both inspections, you can complete an application to license a vehicle using form VL17.

If the vehicle was previously licensed to another name, a declaration from the seller of the vehicle must be completed on Form VL17.

For more information, please go to Buy a vehicle (transfer licence)

Vehicle licence duty

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 vehicle licence duty calculator. Where vehicle licence duty is applicable, it is payable at the time of licensing.

Please refer to the Concessions page for more information.

LBU_F_VL_17_LicenceVehicle.pdf icon Application to license a vehicle (Form VL17) Kb

  Step 5: Provide proof of identity

Only one person can be nominated as a vehicle licence holder. The Proof of identity; nominated owner/vehicle licence holder Form VL186 is to be used where the vehicle is jointly owned to nominate a licence holder.

This form must accompany the new vehicle licence 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 6: Submit the application in person (Form VL17)

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 vehicle licence application Form VL17
  • Completed proof of vehicle ownership Form VL186 (Proof of vehicle ownership if the vehicle has not been previously licensed in your name)

If the vehicle has not been previously licensed in your name, please bring along the original copy of one of the following documents:

  • A receipt showing purchase price, date of sale, vehicle details (including VIN, plate number or engine number), seller's and purchaser's name and seller's signature. Receipts and tax invoices must show 'paid in full' in order to be accepted as proof of vehicle ownership.
  • A contract of sale/purchase with receipt attached to show the purchase has been finalised. The purchase price, date of sale, vehicle details (including VIN, plate number or engine number), seller's and purchaser's name and seller's signature must be shown on the contract and/or receipt. Receipts and tax invoices must show 'paid in full' in order to be accepted as proof of vehicle ownership.
  • Where the seller is deceased, a letter from the Executor or Administrator must be provided showing purchase price, date of sale, new owner's details, vehicle details, deceased's name, the executor's or administrator's signature and whether the vehicle has an immobiliser fitted.
  • Your copy of the Notification of change of ownership vehicle licence transfer (Form MR9 or Form MR9B), or the Application to Licence a Vehicle or Transfer a Vehicle Licence Motor Vehicle Dealers (Form VL12).

If you have no details of the last vehicle licence holder or the seller is a company and you are unable to contact the company and obtain a seller signature, you can complete a Declaration of Vehicle Ownership (VL50) form. This will result in a delay of up to 21 days before the vehicle can be licensed.

You may also need to present a weighbridge certificate if the tare/mass weight of the vehicle cannot be established from the manufacturer's specifications, previous licence documents or licensing records.

Once the vehicle is licensed a new set of number plates will be issued.

LBU_F_VL_17_LicenceVehicle.pdf icon Application to license a vehicle (Form VL17) Kb
LBU_F_VL_186_ProofIdentity.pdf icon Proof of identity: Nominated owner - vehicle licence holder (Form VL186) Kb
LBU_F_VL_50_VehicleDeclaration.pdf icon Vehicle ownership declaration: Statutory declaration (Form VL50) Kb
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  Driver and Vehicle enquiries (online)

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Page last updated: Thu Jul 2 2020 4:03:17 PM