What to do when you sell a vehicle to someone in another state

Find out the steps to take if you've sold a vehicle to an interstate buyer.

The easiest way to transfer ownership of a vehicle to someone in another state is to first cancel your registration in Victoria. This will mean the vehicle is no longer registered to you, and you will no longer be responsible for any fines or traffic offences.

Steps to sell an unregistered vehicle to someone in another state

Step 1: Cancel the registration

In order to sell your vehicle unregistered, you’ll first need to cancel your registration.

Cancel your registration

You can also cancel your registration by:

You will need to remove the number plates from the vehicle before the buyer takes possession of the vehicle. Once they’ve been removed, you should either:

If you have custom plates, you can also keep them by transferring them to another vehicle or placing them on self-retention.

Step 2: Sell the vehicle

The buyer can then apply for a Victorian unregistered vehicle permit to transport the vehicle back to their home state.

Once they get home, they can register the vehicle in their home state.

If you have already sold the vehicle to an interstate buyer

If you have already sold the vehicle without cancelling the registration or removing the number plates, don’t worry. Once the buyer registers the vehicle in their home state, the Victorian registration will automatically be cancelled and you will get a notification.

If the buyer doesn’t register the vehicle in their home state, you can bring a completed vehicle transfer form with your details and the buyer’s details to a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

This means that we will be able to confirm the transfer and suspend the Victorian registration if the buyer doesn’t register the car in their home state within 30 days.

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