Sell and transfer a registered vehicle

When you sell or give as a gift a Victorian registered vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle or trailer), the buyer must notify VicRoads of the vehicle transfer within 14 days of taking possession of the vehicle.

If you’re selling a vehicle privately you’ll need: 

If you want to sell your vehicle to an interstate buyer who doesn’t have a Victorian licence or VicRoads customer number, we recommend that you sell the vehicle unregistered. This must be done before the buyer takes possession of the vehicle.

If you’re selling a vehicle to a dealer, you won’t need to follow this process as the dealer is responsible for sending all paperwork to VicRoads.

Follow these steps to transfer a registered vehicle.

As the current registered operator of the vehicle, you’ll need to show the buyer some photo identification and that you have the right to transfer the registration.

You’ll need a copy of the vehicle’s registration certificate/renewal, or if you have a myVicRoads account you can show that the vehicle is recorded in your account.

Additionally, if your vehicle was financed, ensure that this has been paid out in full prior to transfer.

  1. If you have custom number plates and want to keep them, you will need to notify VicRoads and remove the custom plates. If you would like to sell the vehicle registered, you'll need to attach new number plates issued by VicRoads before you sell your vehicle. 
  2. If you transfer the vehicle with custom number plates attached, the registration number rights to the custom plates will be transferred to the buyer.
  1. You’ll need a roadworthy certificate for the vehicle, unless exempt. Some vehicles and transfer types don’t need a roadworthy. Visit vehicles exempt from roadworthiness requirements for more information. 
  2. You must provide an original Victorian roadworthy certificate issued not more than 30 days before the date of sale, unless exempt.
  1. Remove any toll pass and advise your toll provider.
  2. Check the buyer’s identity.
  3. Check that the buyer has a Victorian licence/VicRoads customer number. If the buyer is going to keep the car registered in Victoria and doesn’t have a VicRoads customer number, they will need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with evidence of identity documents to get their customer number. 
  4. If you sell your vehicle to an interstate buyer who doesn’t have a VicRoads customer number, we recommend that you sell the vehicle unregistered
  5. Show the buyer some photo identification and proof of your right to transfer.
  6. When you sell the vehicle, we recommend that you give a receipt to the buyer as proof of purchase and ownership of the vehicle, and keep a copy (photo) for your records. 

    Include this information:
  • date and time of sale
  • your name, address and signature 
  • the buyer’s name and address 
  • the vehicle’s registration number, vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number, make and model.
  1.  Download the vehicle transfer form [PDF 678 Kb] or get one from a VicRoads Customer Service Centre
  2. Complete the ‘vehicle details’ section, ensuring that you include the vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number. The VIN/chassis number is on the certificate of registration or registration renewal. 
  3. Complete the ‘seller details’ section, including your Victorian licence/customer number.
  4. Ask the buyer to complete the ‘buyer details’ section, including their Victorian licence/customer number. 
  5. Both you and the buyer must sign the completed transfer form.
  6. Make sure that all the details on the transfer form are completed as the buyer must submit the transfer paperwork and payment to VicRoads. Otherwise, the transfer won’t be processed and the vehicle won’t be transferred out of your name.
  7. Keep a copy of the form (or take a photo) to make sure you have proof of transfer.

More information

If you have a myVicRoads account, the vehicle will no longer appear in your account after the buyer has submitted the transfer form, roadworthy certificate and applicable fees to VicRoads for processing. Allow 14 days for the buyer to submit the transfer paperwork.

Can I transfer a vehicle if the registration has expired?

You can transfer a vehicle up to three months after the registration has expired. If it’s expired for more than three months, your registration will be cancelled and you must sell your vehicle as unregistered.

When your vehicle registration has expired, it’s considered unregistered by VicRoads and law enforcement agencies. Unregistered vehicles can’t be driven on Victorian roads.

Other types of transfers

 

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