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What you need to know when registering your car in QLD, NSW or ACT


It would be fair to say that most drivers know that they have to register their vehicle in order to drive on Australia’s roads. What you may not know is exactly how or when to purchase that registration.

For those living in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the registration process is slightly different to those in the other states – including how to obtain Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance.

Registering your car can involve contacting the relevant government body, filling out forms, purchasing CTP insurance passing safety inspections and payment of registeration. But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the process.

We’ve made it easy for you by breaking the process down into two or three simple steps.

When you need new registration

Some of the reasons you will need to apply for a new registration if you are:

Buying a new vehicle that has never been registered

If you have purchased a new or used car from a dealership, the dealer will usually organise the registration and CTP insurance for you. It is important you know that Queensland, New South Wales and ACT drivers have the right to choose your preferred CTP provider.

Buying a used vehicle that is unregistered

If you have bought a car unregistered through a private sale, the new registration must be completed at your local vehicle registration authority. You cannot do this online as the vehicle must be inspected before it is registered. Refer to the tables below for more information.

Moving interstate

If your vehicle is registered to another state, you will have to register it in the state you are moving to. If you fail to do so, you may be fined. The action you’ll need to take will vary depending on the state you’re relocating to.

How to register your vehicle

Select your state for the relevant information:

 

New registration

Step 1: Get organised

If you are registering a used car, ensure that you have your identification and evidence of your garaged address. 

Ensure you also complete a vehicle registration application form ready for steps 2 & 3. 

Step 2: Organise CTP insurance and an inspection

If your vehicle is unregistered and you need to drive on the road to register your vehicle, you cannot legally drive unless you are carrying a CTP certificate and a completed vehicle registration application. 

You must contact your chosen CTP insurer and organise a CTP certificate over the phone. 

This will then allow you to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate at an approved Safety Inspection Station. 

Alternatively, if your interstate registration is still current you will be able to drive straight to a Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) Customer Contact Centre without a pre-purchased CTP certificate.

You may be able to obtain a ‘day pass’ to get your car registered in order to get the vehicle inspected. Check with your relevant state authority to see if this is available to you.  

More information on Suncorp’s CTP Insurance available to Queensland drivers.

Step 3: Registration

Bring all the required documents and your car to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre to complete the registration process. 

Don’t forget a screwdriver as you may need to change the plates!

*If you live in a rural area, you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services. Make sure to call your most convenient option ahead of time to confirm availability before visiting.

Renew your registration

Keep up to date

If the vehicle has already been registered, you don’t need to worry about running around trying to organise paperwork.  You will receive a registration notice in the mail from the Department of Transport about 4 weeks before your registration expires. The notice will show the cost to renew your registration.

Make sure you renew your registration on or before the due date or the vehicle cannot legally be driven—a fee could be charged for late payments and you could be fined for driving an unregistered vehicle by the police

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QLD

Suncorp CTP Insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as Suncorp Insurance.  

NSW

Compulsory third Party (CTP) Green Slip insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as GIO.

Compulsory third Party (CTP) Green Slip insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as AAMI.

Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency Pty Ltd (Apia) ABN 14 099 650 996 AR 239591 is an authorised representative of AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 AFSL 230859 (AAI).Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Personal Injury Insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as GIO (GIO). Shannons Pty Limited ABN 91 099 692 636 (Shannons) acts as an agent and authorised representative of GIO. ACT

Compulsory third Party (CTP) Green Slip insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as GIO.

Compulsory third Party (CTP) Green Slip insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as AAMI.

Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency Pty Ltd (Apia) ABN 14 099 650 996 AR 239591 is an authorised representative of AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 AFSL 230859 (AAI). 

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