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License a vehicle in Western Australia

Find out how to license a vehicle in Western Australia, including new and imported vehicles, Interstate and expired vehicle licences.

  Licensing the vehicle

If you intend to license your vehicle in WA or the vehicle licence has expired for a period of three months or more, you must have the vehicle inspected and you must make application to license the vehicle. Vehicles can only be licensed in WA if they are primarily kept in this State.

If you are a WA resident and you purchase a vehicle licensed in another Australian State or Territory, that licence is no longer recognised under the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 (WA) and you will need to make a new application for the grant of a WA vehicle licence.

The vehicle cannot be driven on WA roads and the movement of the vehicle in WA prior to a WA vehicle licence being issued, will require the issue of a temporary movement permit.

For information on importing a vehicle from overseas, please go to License an imported vehicle.

Note:

It is compulsory to have a Government approved immobiliser fitted to the vehicle when you apply to license (register) or transfer a vehicle in WA. Please refer to our web page on immobilisers for detailed information on what vehicles require an immobiliser, and how to get one fitted.

All interstate vehicles, regardless of age of the vehicle, must be inspected at an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) and issued with a valid certificate of inspection before they can be licensed in WA.

  Step 1: Get the vehicle inspected

Before an application for the grant of a vehicle licence can be made, the vehicle must be inspected for roadworthiness.

Inspections may be performed via an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) located throughout the metropolitan and regional areas.

  Step 2: Complete an application (Form VL17)

Once the vehicle has successfully passed inspection, you must complete and submit an Application to License a Vehicle (Form VL17) along with your valid Certificate of Inspection.

If you are personally unable to attend a Driver and Vehicle Service centre or regional agent for reasons, such as, but not limited to:

  • Illness
  • working away
  • temporarily located interstate or overseas

A third party may present the completed Application to Licence a Vehicle (Form VL17) and valid Certificate of Inspection along with your primary and secondary identification on your behalf. The third party will also be required to present their own primary and secondary identification for recording purposes.

Please note: this option is only available where your vehicle licence has expired and a new vehicle licence needs to be granted in the same name. 

Vehicle licence duty

Vehicle licence duty is payable on the dutiable value of the vehicle, including the value of any trade-in, unless evidence can be provided to show you were the previous licence holder of the vehicle. Please see the reverse side of the Application to License a Vehicle (Form VL17) form for more information on dutiable value.

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.

Some people, organisations and vehicle types may be eligible for an exemption from payment of vehicle licence duty. Please refer to Concessions for more information.

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

  Step 3: Provide proof of identity and vehicle ownership

Proof of identity

You will be required to provide one primary and one secondary identification document, one of which must show your WA residential address. Please see the below fact sheet 'Primary & Secondary Proof of Identity' for acceptable primary and secondary identification documents.

If you have not had a vehicle licensed in your name in WA before and do not have a WA driver's licence you will also need to complete a Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186).

If you are licensing the vehicle in the name of a company or incorporated body you will need to provide:

  • Your Australian Company Number (ACN); or
  • A 'Certificate of Registration of a Company' issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or any other certificate of incorporation; or
  • Other evidence of legal entity status.

If your vehicle is jointly owned, only one owner can be nominated as the vehicle licence holder. This owner is to be nominated by completing the Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186). Each joint owner must declare their details and sign this form. Please refer to Vehicle owner responsibilities for more information.

Proof of vehicle ownership

Licensing a vehicle in Western Australia (WA) that is currently registered in another state or territory requires the following proof of ownership:

  • Evidence the vehicle is currently licensed in your name.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership if the vehicle you have purchased is not currently licensed

The vehicle licence papers showing you as the licence holder will serve as proof of ownership. The vehicle will be treated as unlicensed if it is not currently licensed in your name.

Please bring along the original copy of one of the following documents if the vehicle has not been previously licensed in your name:

  • 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 cannot provide any of the above documents, or the documents you have provided are incomplete, a completed Declaration of Vehicle Ownership (Form VL50) may be submitted for consideration by the Department of Transport. This will result in a delay of up to 21 days before the vehicle can be licensed.

LBU_F_LicenceTransfer_VL_VL12.pdf icon Licence a vehicle or transfer a vehicle licence. Motor Vehicle Dealers (Form VL12) Kb
LBU_F_VL_MR9_VehicleTransfer.pdf icon Notification of change of ownership vehicle licence transfer (Form MR9) Kb
LBU_F_VL_MR9B_VehicleTransferDealersOnly.pdf icon Notification of change of vehicle ownership: Vehicle dealers only (Form MR9B) Kb
LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Primary & Secondary Proof of Identity 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

  Step 4: Submit the application in person (Form VL17)

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

You will need to provide:

  • A valid Certificate of Inspection;
  • Completed Application to License a Vehicle (Form VL17);
  • Completed Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186) if applicable;
  • Primary and secondary identification (one of which must show your WA residential address);
  • ACN, 'certificate of registration of a company', or evidence of legal entity status if licensing vehicle in company name; and
  • Proof of vehicle ownership.

You may also be required to provide 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.

A set of number plates will be issued to you at the time of licensing.

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.

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
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  What is a light vehicle?

The Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 defines a light vehicle as a vehicle with a gross loaded mass (GVM) of 4.5 tonne or less. This includes all vehicles such as Cars, motorcycles, trailers, caravans, utilities etc that have a GVM of 4.5 tonne or less.

GVM in relation to a vehicle, means the maximum loaded mass of the vehicle;

  • (a) as specified by the manufacturer; or
  • (b) as specified by the relevant authority if;
    • (i) the manufacturer has not specified a maximum loaded mass; or
    • (ii) the manufacturer cannot be identified; or
    • (iii) the vehicle has been modified to the extent that the manufacturer's specification is no longer appropriate.

  Light vehicle licence (registration) fees (2020/2021)

Vehicle owners must also pay motor injury insurance (MII) insurance. Visit the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) page for fees and more information.

Light vehicle: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Light vehicle standard administration recording fee $10.30

Light vehicle: Bulk, transfer and duplicate licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate or certified copy of vehicle licence document $3.60
Vehicle Licence Administration fee (Bulk licensing fee) - Applicable to vehicle dealers only $13.10
Vehicle licence transfer fee $18.40

Light vehicle: Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) not exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Per 100 kg
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (motor propelled), per 100 kg $23.64
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (trailer type), per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Converter dolly, per 100 kg $11.82
Light vehicle registration: Fork lift, per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Goods vehicle, per 100 kg $23.64
Light vehicle registration: Mobile crane, per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Motor car, per 100 kg $23.64
Light vehicle registration: Omnibus, per 100 kg $23.64
Light vehicle registration: Other trailer, not being a plant trailer truck, per 100 kg $11.82
Light vehicle registration: Plant trailer, per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Semi-trailer, per 100 kg $11.82
Light vehicle registration: Tow motor, per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Tow truck, per 100 kg $23.64
Light vehicle registration: Tractor (not prime mover), per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Tractor plant truck, per 100 kg $5.91
Light vehicle registration: Trailer, per 100 kg $11.82
Light vehicle registration: Tractor (prime mover type) and truck $23.64
Motorcycles
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (not exceeding 250 cc) $47.28
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t) $47.28
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio exceeding 150 kW/t) $70.92
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (exceeding 250 cc) $70.92

Light vehicle: Example, how to calculate your vehicle licence fee

In the following example, a 12 month renewal is applied to a standard motor car (Tare weight: 1,650 kg - the weight of the unladen vehicle):

Calculate your light vehicle licence fee Fee calculation
Vehicle fee per 100 kg x Total weight (rounded up to the nearest 100 kg) / 100 $23.64 x (1,700 kg / 100) = $401.88
Plus prescribed flat fee $13.20 (12-month renewal: (discounted rate) = $6.60) $6.60
Total vehicle licence fee (rounded to the nearest five cents) $408.50

Notes:

  • Prescribed flat fee for a vehicle for a period of one year is $13.20 discounted 50%.
  • Any vehicle renewal term less than 12 months; calculation will be $13.20 divided by 12 then multiplying by the number of months in respect of which the renewal is paid.
    • 6-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*6 = $6.60.
    • 3-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*3 = $3.30.

Key:

  • GVM = Gross vehicle Mass. kg = kilogram. cc = cubic centimetre, engine displacement.
  • kW/t = kilowatt per tonne, 1 m² / S³.

  What is a heavy vehicle?

The Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 defines a heavy vehicle as a vehicle with a gross loaded mass (GVM) of more than 4.5 tonne.

GVM in relation to a vehicle, means the maximum loaded mass of the vehicle;

  • (a) as specified by the manufacturer; or
  • (b) as specified by the relevant authority if;
    • (i) the manufacturer has not specified a maximum loaded mass; or
    • (ii) the manufacturer cannot be identified; or
    • (iii) the vehicle has been modified to the extent that the manufacturer's specification is no longer appropriate.

  Heavy vehicle licence (registration) fees (2020/2021)

Vehicle owners must also pay motor injury insurance (MII) insurance. Visit the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) page for fees and more information.

Heavy vehicle licence: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Standard heavy vehicle licence administration recording fee $10.30

Heavy vehicle licence: Buses, seating capacity over 12, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg (1B2 class) $508.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg (2B2 class) $508.00
Vehicle licence: Buses with 3 axles (2B3 class) $2,799.00
Vehicle licence: Articulated Buses with 3 axles (AB3 class) $508.00

Heavy vehicle licence: HC and MC class fees

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal: Suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. The class restriction removal fee is applied when this option is used.
Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers
MC driver's licence class application $49.90
MC driver's licence class restriction removal $49.90
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department of Transport/Police
HC driver's licence class application $250.60
HC driver's licence class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $49.90
HC driver's licence supplementary Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $240.40
HC driver's licence class restriction removal $240.40
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers
HR/HC driver's licence class application $49.90
HR/HC driver's licence class restriction removal $49.90

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing one trailer fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP2 class) $1,340.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP3 class) $5,271.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP4 class) $5,799.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 1 semi-trailer (SP5 class) $5,799.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Prime mover, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 2 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC2 class) $9,461.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 3 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC3 class) $9,461.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 4 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC4 class) $10,406.00
Vehicle licence: Prime mover with 5 axles towing 2 or more trailers (MC5 class) $10,406.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg (no trailer) fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles not exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (1R2 class) $508.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles exceeding 12,000 kg GVM (2R2 class) $873.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles not exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (1R3 class) $873.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles exceeding 16,500 kg GVM (2R3 class) $1,150.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R4 class) $873.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles not exceeding 20,000 kg (1R5 class) $873.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R4 class) $1,150.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles exceeding 20,000 kg (2R5 class) $1,150.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, maximum 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (SR2 class) $873.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (SR3 class) $1,150.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (SR4 class) $2,136.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (SR5 class) $2,136.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing one trailer, more than 6 axles in the combination fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 1 trailer (MR2 class) $7,820.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 1 trailer (MR3 class) $7,820.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 1 trailer (MR4 class) $8,444.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 1 trailer (MR5 class) $8,444.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, towing two or more trailers fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 2 axles towing 2 trailers (LR2 class) $10,783.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 3 axles towing 2 trailers (LR3 class) $10,783.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 4 axles towing 2 trailers (LR4 class) $10,783.00
Vehicle licence: Rigid truck with 5 axles towing 2 trailers (LR5 class) $10,783.00

Heavy vehicle licence: Rigid truck, Trailers, including dollies fees

Fee type Fee
Vehicle licence: 1 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT1 class) $508.00
Vehicle licence: 2 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT2 class) $1,016.00
Vehicle licence: 3 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT3 class) $1,524.00
Vehicle licence: 4 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT4 class) $2,032.00
Vehicle licence: 5 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT5 class) $2,540.00
Vehicle licence: 6 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT6 class) $3,048.00
Vehicle licence: 7 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT7 class) $3,556.00
Vehicle licence: 8 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT8 class) $4,064.00
Vehicle licence: 9 axle trailer/semi-trailer (HT9 class) $4,572.00

  Low use vehicle licence (registration) fees (2020/2021)

Vehicle owners must also pay motor injury insurance (MII) insurance. Visit the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) page for fees and more information.

Low road use: Administration fees

Includes fee types: 07 - Caravan 09 - Plant Trailer 10 - Tractor 11 - Tractor Plant; Forklift; Tow Motor 12 - Mobile Crane (not for hire) 13 - Mobile Crane (for hire)
Fee type Fee
Low road use: Heavy vehicle licence, standard administration recording fee $10.30

Low road use: Heavy vehicle fees, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Low road use: Heavy vehicle licence, any number of axles (PSV class) $118.00
Low road use: Heavy vehicle licence, any number of axles (TSV class) $118.00

Low road use: Vehicles exceeding standard axle mass limits fees

Fee type Fee
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 1 or 2 axles (OSV2 class) $413.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 3 axles (OSV3 class) $826.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 4 axles (OSV4 class) $1,239.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 5 axles (OSV5 class) $1,652.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 6 axles (OSV6 class) $2,065.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 7 axles (OSV7 class) $2,478.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 8 axles (OSV8 class) $2,891.00
Low road use: Vehicle licence, 9 axles (OSV9 class) $3,304.00

  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.

  Vehicle licence 'rego' check (online)

The Department of Transport is not responsible for how this information is interpreted or used. It is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to determine whether the vehicle should be driven.

Vehicle licence 'rego' check (online)
 

You can quickly check the vehicle licence (rego) status of your;

  • Caravan,
  • Car,
  • Goods vehicle,
  • Moped,
  • Motorcycle,
  • Omnibus,
  • Tow truck,
  • Tractor,
  • Trailer,
  • Truck, etc.

 

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