Interstate transfers

In Australia, a vehicle should be registered in the state or territory where the operator of that vehicle lives and where the vehicle is garaged. 

If you’re buying or selling a Victorian registered vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle or trailer) and the vehicle will be garaged in another state by the buyer, the vehicle cannot remain registered in Victoria and should instead be registered in the new state within 30 days of transfer.

If a Victorian registered vehicle isn’t garaged in Victoria, VicRoads may suspend the registration and substantial penalties may apply if you continue to drive an unregistered vehicle on Australian roads.

Refer to the relevant interstate vehicle transfer instructions below that best relates to your situation.

If you’re selling your Victorian registered vehicle to an interstate buyer:

If you’ve already sold your Victorian registered vehicle to an interstate buyer:

Notify VicRoads of the transfer 30 days after the sale by submitting the vehicle transfer form [PDF 678 Kb], ensuring that you provide all the details about the buyer so VicRoads can confirm the transfer and suspend the Victorian registration.

If you’re buying a Victorian registered vehicle and live interstate:

  • If you live interstate and buy a Victorian registered vehicle, you can’t register it in your name in Victoria unless you have a Victorian garaging address. 
  • If you can’t transfer the Victorian registration into your name, you may ask the seller to cancel the vehicle’s registration at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. You can then apply for an unregistered vehicle permit to transport the vehicle to your home address and then register the vehicle in your home state.

If you’ve already bought a Victorian registered vehicle and live interstate:

  • You have 30 days to register the vehicle in your home state. Otherwise, the vehicle registration may be suspended by VicRoads. 
  • Interstate authorities hold the view that vehicles registered in Victoria or another state are ‘unregistered’ if they are garaged in their state and are therefore not ‘temporarily’ visiting. If you drive or use the Victorian registered vehicle on interstate roads and are not considered to be ‘temporarily’ visiting, you may be issued with penalties.
  • You should also be aware that substantial penalties apply if you drive an unregistered vehicle on Australian roads.

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