Transfer to/from a spouse or domestic partner

If you’re transferring a vehicle to your spouse or domestic partner, you’ll need to notify VicRoads within 14 days of transfer.

Who is recognised as a domestic partner?

A 'domestic partner' is defined as:

  • a person who is in a registered relationship with the person
  • an adult person to whom the person is not married but with whom the person is in a relationship as a couple where one or each of them provides personal or financial commitment and support of a domestic nature for the material benefit of the other, irrespective of their genders and whether or not they are living under the same roof, but does not include a person who provides domestic support and personal care to the person either:
    • for fee or reward
    • on behalf of another person or an organisation (including a government agency, a body corporate or a charitable or benevolent organisation). 

Transferring to/from a current spouse or domestic partner

Notify VicRoads of the transfer within 14 days and provide the following:

  1. your marriage certificate (if married)*.
  2. your relationship certificate (from the Births, Deaths and Marriages or City of Melbourne).
  3. a Statutory Declaration from each spouse or domestic partner that declares your relationship.
*An overseas marriage certificate must be in English or accompanied by an approved English translation.

This transfer does not require a Certificate of Roadworthiness or payment of motor vehicle duty fees.

Transferring to/from a former spouse or domestic partner

This covers the scenarios when a vehicle is acquired:

  • from the spouse or domestic partner of the person; or
  • from the former spouse or domestic partner of the person and the transfer of registration is made because of a breakdown of the person’s marriage or domestic relationship and no other person takes or is entitled to take an interest in the vehicle under the transfer of registration.

Notify VicRoads of the transfer within 14 days and provide the following:

  1. a copy of the Family Court Order with the court order number and details of the vehicle (the disposer signature on the transfer form is not required in this case).
  2. 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.
  3. a Statutory Declaration 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.

This transfer does not require a Certificate of Roadworthiness or payment of motor vehicle duty fees.

If mailing your transfer to VicRoads, do not include an original copy of your evidence documentation as it will be unable to be returned. Provide a certified copy along with your transfer form and applicable payment.

Other types of transfers

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