Federal Interstate Registration Scheme

Heavy vehicles that are used to transport goods interstate and do not transport goods locally are eligible to be registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.  

If your vehicle is currently registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme and you wish to use it for local work, the vehicle must be converted to Victorian registration.

The Federal Interstate Registration Scheme allows you to use the vehicle for interstate transportation of goods throughout all states and territories of Australia. However, it restricts you from using the vehicle for any local work.

Requirements

If your vehicle’s Victorian registration is current or expired (by not more than 3 months), you can convert your vehicle to Federal Interstate by:

If it is the first time registering the vehicle in Victoria or the registration is cancelled, you must make an appointment by:

When attending the Customer Service Centre you will need to:

  • do a vehicle inspection
  • bring a current and original Certificate of Roadworthiness
  • show evidence of ownership
  • show evidence of identity
  • show evidence of origin
  • show the engine number
  • show the chassis number
  • provide the tare weight (if this is unavailable, a weighbridge ticket is required (available from any Public weighbridge station).

On the day you register the vehicle you need to bring your current Victorian driver licence/permit. If you cannot provide this you will need to bring original evidence of identity documents. Check what types of identity documents are acceptable.

If you cannot attend in person and you appoint someone else to act on your behalf or you are acting on behalf of a company, check what additional documentation and evidence of identify documents are required.

Fees

The following fees are applicable when registering a vehicle under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme:

Other fees that are applicable to the Scheme include:

  • administration fee on renewal
  • administration fee on transfer.

See Federal Interstate fees

Renewing Federal Interstate Registration

Renewal of registration can be for either 3, 6 or 12 months.

When renewing your Federal Interstate registration, on an annual or 1st quarter basis, you will need to supply VicRoads with a Victorian or interstate current and original Certification of Roadworthiness or evidence that the vehicle belongs to an approved maintenance management scheme (evidence can be a letter admitting the company to the maintenance management scheme).

You can renew your registration:

If your registration is current or expired (by not more than 3 months) you must make an appointment with us by:

When attending the Customer Service Centre for your appointment you will need to:

Note: The following rules have been made by the State Revenue Office.

  • If the vehicle was registered in your name under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme on or before 30 June 1996, you will be exempt from paying motor vehicle duty.
  • If the vehicle was registered in your name under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme on or after 1 July 1996, you will need to pay motor vehicle duty based on the current market value of the vehicle. If you wish to apply for an exemption certificate from paying motor vehicle duty, you should contact the State Revenue Office (External link) directly on 13 21 61.
  • If the vehicle was previously registered in your name with Victorian registration and you previously paid motor vehicle duty on this vehicle, you will be exempt from paying motor vehicle duty when you transfer from Federal Interstate registration to Victorian registration, if the vehicle is being registered in the same name as it was on the Federal Interstate registration Scheme.

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