Vehicle identification numbers (VIN)

Owner/Builders can request a low volume Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for a new trailer or crane here. A separate form is required to obtain a surrogate VIN for a motor vehicle in Western Australia.

  Obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for a new trailer

Owner/Builders can request a low volume Vehicle Identification Number VIN for a new trailer. A separate form is required to obtain a surrogate VIN for a motor vehicle in Western Australia.

If you have built your trailer prior to the current calendar year or refurbished your trailer, you will need to present the trailer for an examination. A request for a low volume VIN will be sent on your behalf by the Department of Transport Vehicle Examiners.

If you have applied for and have been allocated a VIN and your trailer is not built in this current calendar Year, contact the Department of Transport by return email, as the VIN allocated references the actual year the trailer was built.

To apply for a low volume VIN for a new trailer, please complete online form, or manual Form E70, below.

Imported trailers

Low volume VINs issued by the Department of Transport cannot be used for importing trailers manufactured overseas. WA issued VINs which are used for the importation of trailers will be deleted.

If you are importing trailers, you will need to contact the Manufacturer in the country which the trailers are being constructed, and obtain VINs issued within the country of manufacture, and provide these VINs on your import application.

If you are intending on importing trailers, visit the Australian Government website, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Australian Company Number (ACN)

Under the Corporations Act 2001, every company in Australia has been issued with a unique, nine-digit number, an Australian Company Number (ACN), which must be shown on a range of documents.

The purpose of the ACN is to ensure adequate identification of companies when transacting business. New companies are issued with numbers by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) upon registration.

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  Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for a new trailer (online)

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T20 - Box trailer
T21 - Caravan
T22 - Open frame (e.g. boat, car, carrier & skeletal)
T23 - Heavy over 4.5T one axle group except semi trailer(e.g. pig or dolly)
T24 - Heavy over 4.5T more than one axle group (e.g. dog)
T25 - Semi trailer
T26 - Plant trailer (Plant Machinery, e.g. compressor)
T27 - Other (e.g. Flat top, Tipper, Jinker, Van, Horse float etc)
  
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  Obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for a new crane

Please complete the Request for a Low Volume VIN for a New Trailer or Crane (E70) form if you built your crane in the current calendar year and you require a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Owner/Builders can request a low volume VIN for a new crane here. A separate form is required to obtain a surrogate VIN for a motor vehicle in Western Australia.

If you have built your crane prior to the current calendar year or refurbished your crane, you will need to present the crane for an examination. A request for a low volume VIN will be sent on your behalf by the Department of Transport Vehicle Examiners.

If you have applied for and have been allocated a VIN and your crane is not built in this current calendar Year, contact the Department of Transport by return email, as the VIN allocated references the actual year the crane was built.

Low volume VINs issued by the Department of Transport cannot be used for importing cranes manufactured overseas. WA issued VINs which are used for the importation of cranes will be deleted.

To apply for a low volume VIN for a new crane, please complete Form E70, below.

Imported cranes

If you are importing cranes, you will need to contact the Manufacturer in the country which the cranes are being constructed, and obtain VINs issued within the country of manufacture, and provide these VINs on your import application.

If you are intending on importing cranes, visit the Australian Government website, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Australian Company Number (ACN)

Under the Corporations Act 2001, every company in Australia has been issued with a unique, nine-digit number, an Australian Company Number (ACN), which must be shown on a range of documents.

The purpose of the ACN is to ensure adequate identification of companies when transacting business. New companies are issued with numbers by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) upon registration.

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  Surrogate Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

You cannot change or replace an existing Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), with a different VIN.

Regulation 141 of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (WA), authorises the CEO to assign a VIN if a vehicle does not have one.

A surrogate VIN may be required where:

  • the original VIN has been removed where the vehicle has been repaired,
  • the vehicle has been stolen and recovered where the identifiers have been removed or ground off,
  • the vehicle was built prior to 1 January 1989, or;
  • the original VIN does not meet the required standard i.e. it is less than 17 characters.

In such cases a surrogate VIN will need to be created and issued for that vehicle so that it can be registered.

Note: If the VIN details on your licence papers do not match the number on the actual vehicle, it could be an administrative error in recording the correct number. Please contact DoT using the email below to start the process of resolving the issue.

If you are importing a vehicle built after 1 January 1989 you will need a 17 character VIN so that the vehicle can be licensed.

Please visit the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website for more information about importing vehicles into Australia.

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