Transfer fees & roadworthy exemptions

Find out when you have to pay transfer fees or need a Roadworthy Certificate.

When you transfer a registered vehicle into your name you may be exempt from:

Are there any exemptions?

Yes, requirements for transferring a vehicle depend on the type of transfer and the vehicle type

How to find out if you’re exempt

Go to your vehicle type and in the table, look at the:

  • Transfer type
  • Transfer fee payable 
  • Motor vehicle duty payable 
  • Certificate of Roadworthiness. 

Specially constructed vehicles

These vehicles aren’t for carrying passengers and don’t need a certificate. Go to vehicles exempt from requiring a Certification of Roadworthiness to learn more.

Transfer type Is a transfer fee payable? Is motor vehicle duty payable? Is a Certificate of Roadworthiness required?
Private to dealer Yes No No
Dealer to dealer Yes No No
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner Yes No No
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner (marriage or domestic relationship breakdown)  Yes  No  No 
Adult trustee/nominee to minor (on achieving at least 17 years of age)  No  No  No 
Deceased spouse/domestic partner to surviving spouse/domestic partner No No No
Authorised representative of deceased estate
Yes No No
Person with a beneficial entitlement (not spouse)  Yes  No  Yes 
To approved Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) pensioner (one vehicle only) No No Yes
Incapacitated person's vehicle
No No Yes
Transport for the disabled, handicapped or injured (not for private gain)  No  No  Yes 
Change of trustee  No  No  No 
Change of nominee  No  No  No 
Change of company name  No  No  No 
Change of business/trading name  No  No  No 
Fire fighting/emergency response vehicles (SES & CFA)  No  No  Yes 
Primary producer vehicle certified by the CFA as specifically equipped and exclusively used for combating fires  No  No  Yes 
Repossession of the vehicle Repossession fee No No
Restoration of possession No No No
Consular vehicles No No Yes
Light mobile plant (all customers) Yes No  No 
Transfer type Is a transfer fee payable? Is motor vehicle duty payable? Is a Certificate 
of Roadworthiness required?
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner Yes No No
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner (marriage or domestic relationship breakdown)  Yes  No  No 
Deceased spouse/domestic partner to surviving spouse/domestic partner No No No
Authorised representative of deceased estate
Yes No No
Person with a beneficial entitlement  Yes  No  No 
To approved Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) pensioner (one vehicle only) Yes No No
Change of trustee  No  No  No 
Change of nominee  No  No  No 
Change of company name  No  No  No 
Change of business/trading name  No  No  No 
Fire fighting/emergency response vehicles (SES & CFA)  No  No  No 
Primary producer vehicle certified by the CFA as specifically equipped and exclusively used for combating fires  Yes  No  No 
Repossession of the vehicle Repossession fee No No
Restoration of possession No No No
Consular vehicles No No No
Transfer type Is a transfer fee payable? Is motor vehicle duty payable? Is a Certificate of Roadworthiness required?
Private to dealer Yes No No
Dealer to dealer Yes No No
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner Yes No No
Spouse/domestic partner to spouse/domestic partner (marriage or domestic relationship breakdown)  Yes  No  No 
Adult trustee/nominee to minor (on achieving at least 17 years of age)  No  No  No 
Deceased spouse/domestic partner to surviving spouse/domestic partner Yes No No
Authorised representative of deceased estate
Yes No No
Person with a beneficial entitlement (not spouse)  Yes  No  No 
To approved Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) pensioner (one vehicle only) Yes No Yes
Change of trustee
No No No
Change of nominee  No  No  No 
Change of company name  No  No  No 
Change of business/trading name  No  No  No 
Fire fighting/emergency response vehicles (SES & CFA)  No  No  Yes 
Primary producer vehicle certified by the CFA as specifically equipped and exclusively used for combating fires  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Repossession of the vehicle Repossession fee No No
Restoration of possession No No No
Consular vehicles No No Yes
Transfer type Is a transfer fee payable? Is motor vehicle duty payable?  Is a Certificate of Roadworthiness required?
To primary producer No No No
Transfer type
Is a transfer fee payable?
Is motor 
vehicle duty payable?
Is a Certificate of 
Roadworthiness required?
To primary producer
No
No
No 
Special purpose vehicle - Type P (to all customers)  Yes  No  No 
Special purpose vehicle - Type O (to primary producer only) No  No No

More information about exemptions from paying motor vehicle duty can be found on the State Revenue Office website.

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