Buy, sell or transfer help centre

Some more assistance for when you're trying to transfer a vehicle.

How to find your VicRoads customer number

If you do not have a Victorian driver licence, you can use your VicRoads customer number for identification when you buy a vehicle.

You can find your VicRoads customer number by logging in to myVicRoads and looking under Profile and settings.

Log in to myVicRoads

Buying an unregistered vehicle

If you are looking to buy an unregistered vehicle, you should still check the registration and complete a PPSR check to make sure the vehicle is what you are expecting. We recommend you get a receipt from the seller for your records. 

Once you've bought the vehicle, you will need to register it before you can use it on public roads. 

If you need to drive the vehicle while it is unregistered (for example, to drive it home after buying it) you’ll need to get an unregistered vehicle permit.

Selling an unregistered vehicle

Before the sale, you should remove any number plates that are attached to the vehicle. These will need to be returned to a VicRoads Customer Service Centre or destroyed.

You do not need to supply the buyer with a certificate of roadworthiness if the vehicle is unregistered. 

See more about cancelling your registration.

Heavy or light trailers and caravans

A trailer or caravan is classified as heavy or light based on its Aggregate Trailer Mass, or ATM.

ATM is the total weight of a trailer and everything that is loaded onto it. For example, the ATM of a boat trailer would include the weight of both the trailer and the boat.

Heavy trailers have an ATM of more than 4.5 tonnes.

Light trailers have an ATM of 4.5 tonnes or fewer.

You can sometimes find a trailer's ATM in the owner’s manual or on the trailer itself. You can also weigh the vehicle at a public weighbridge.

You can find a list of public weighbridges at the National Measurement Institute website.

Extra documents you need to transfer a vehicle to your current spouse or domestic partner

Along with your transfer form, you will need to provide ONE of the following to prove your relationship:

  • an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate
  • your relationship certificate (from the Births, Deaths and Marriages or City of Melbourne), or
  • a statutory declaration (PDF 554kB) from each spouse or domestic partner that declares your relationship.

If you got married overseas, your marriage certificate will either need to be in English or be accompanied by an English translation.

Extra documents you need to transfer a vehicle to your former spouse or domestic partner

Along with your transfer form, you will need to provide ONE of the following to prove who has been awarded the vehicle:

  • a copy of the Family Court Order with the court order number and details of the vehicle
  • a Mediation Agreement signed by both parties and endorsed by a court, community mediation centre or solicitor nominating which party the vehicle(s) should be transferred to, or
  • a statutory declaration (PDF 554kB) from each former spouse or domestic partner that declares you were in a married or in a domestic relationship that has now dissolved. The statutory declarations must nominate which party the vehicle(s) should be transferred to.

Keeping custom plates

If you are transferring custom plates from one vehicle to another, or you intend to keep them without assigning them to a new vehicle, you will need to let VicRoads know by:

Proof of your garage address

If you live outside of Victoria but you want to register and keep a vehicle in Victoria, you will need to have a garage address in Victoria.

To prove your garage address, you will need to provide either:

  • a bill, bank statement, rates notice or other evidence that connects your name and the Victorian address, or
  • a signed letter from someone who has a Victorian driver licence confirming that the vehicle is garaged at their address. This letter will need to include their licence details, your details as the registered operator of the vehicle, and details about the vehicle, including the number plate.

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