How to buy a vehicle when you are underage

If you are too young to have a vehicle registered in your name, you can nominate someone to hold the registration on your behalf. 

In Victoria, you can only have a vehicle registered in your name once you have reached a certain age. Before that, you will need to nominate someone to hold the registration and act on your behalf.

To have a vehicle registered in your name, you need to be:

  • 16 years old for a light vehicle or trailer
  • 18 years old for a motorcycle or heavy vehicle.

If you are younger than this, you are considered a minor and you cannot have a vehicle registered in your name.

What to do when you first buy the vehicle

You will need to get your nominee to fill out the vehicle transfer form (PDF 230 kB) with their details in the buyer section.

The nominee will then need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with:

  • the completed transfer form
  • a statement or letter, signed by the nominee and the minor, that says the nominee is holding the vehicle on behalf of the minor
  • a certificate of roadworthiness issued less than 30 days before the transfer (if required)
  • the transfer fee and motor vehicle duty 
  • evidence of identity.

Changing your nominee

If you need to change nominee, the new nominee will need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with:

What to do once you reach the eligible age

Once you reach the eligible age for your vehicle type, you can have the registration transferred into your name.

To do this, you will need to fill out the vehicle transfer form (PDF 230 kB) with your details in the buyer section and your nominee’s details in the seller section.

You can then visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with:

You do not need:

  • a certificate of roadworthiness
  • a transfer fee or motor vehicle duty.

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