Transfer to a spouse or domestic partner

If you’re transferring your vehicle to a spouse or domestic partner, you’ll need to let us know within 14 days of the transfer. Follow the steps below to find out how.

What’s a ‘domestic partner’?

Reg 5 of the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations states that the "domestic partner" of a person means:

  • a person who is in a registered relationship with the person, or
  • 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
    • for fee or reward, or
    • on behalf of another person or an organisation (including a government agency, a body corporate or a charitable or benevolent organisation).

What documents do I need to transfer?

The documents you’ll need will depend on if you’re transferring: 

  • to a current spouse or domestic partner or
  • to a former spouse or domestic partner.

You'll need:

  1. an original and signed copy of your marriage certificate (if married)* or
  2. an original and signed copy of your relationship certificate (from the Births, Deaths and Marriages or City of Melbourne) or
  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.

Do I need a Roadworthy Certificate or motor vehicle duty fee? 

No, you won’t need to get a Roadworthy Certificate or pay the motor vehicle duty fee. 

You’ll need:

  • A completed Application for transfer of registration form [PDF 368 Kb] (signed by both parties)
  • The transfer fee
  • One of the following:
    • 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) or
    • 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, or
    • 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.

The Mediation Agreement and statutory declaration need to state who the vehicle is being transferred to.

Do I need a Roadworthy Certificate or motor vehicle duty fee? 

No, you won’t need to get a Roadworthy Certificate or pay the motor vehicle duty fee.

You’ll need to submit the required documents and fees to VicRoads by:

  • posting it to GPO Box 1644, Melbourne, VIC 3001 (cheque only)
  • visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (pay by VISA, MasterCard*, cheque, EFTPOS or cash**)

* A card payment fee applies

** All VicRoads Customer Service Centre's accept cash except for:

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