Register an imported vehicle

There are specific requirements to register an imported vehicle in Victoria and an appointment is required to have the vehicle inspected.  

Getting import approval

Importation of vehicles is provided for under the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 and Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019.

To get import approval and for any enquiries about the requirements for the importation of vehicles, contact the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA) by: 

  • visiting www.infrastructure.gov.au
  • emailing [email protected] for general information
  • emailing [email protected] for ROVER assistance
  • calling 1800 075 001 (within Australia) or +61 2 6274 7444 (outside Australia)
  • writing to Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts at Vehicle Safety Standards Branch, GPO Box 594, Canberra, ACT, 2601.

All imported light vehicles less than 30 years old and all imported heavy vehicles must be in right hand drive configuration before they can be registered.

Categories of imported vehicles

Imported vehicles are granted approval under the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018. For further information visit Infrastructure Victoria (External link).

The documentation and requirements for registration differ depending on the Register of Approved Vehicles approval pathway. Choose the relevant pathway from one of those listed below: 

A Registered Automotive Workshop can modify or manufacture a vehicle that is:

  • covered by an entry on the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (SEVs) Register
  • a used two-wheeled vehicle or a used three-wheeled vehicle
  • a road vehicle that is entered on the RAV via the type approval pathway, has not been provided to a consumer for the first time in Australia and has been, is currently undergoing or will be subject to second stage of manufacture (SSM) before being provided to a consumer for the first time in Australia.

The vehicle must comply with the standards for registration applicable at its date of manufacture.

Documentation

Documentation required by VicRoads as part of the registration application:

The vehicle must comply with the standards for registration applicable at its date of manufacture.

 
Vehicles modified by a Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) signatory

Documentation required by VicRoads as part of the registration application:

If the vehicle was manufactured after 1968 (after June 1975 for motorcycles) and is over 25 years old, you'll need:

  • a VASS approval certificate and
  • a blue modification approval plate (even if the vehicle is not modified).

If the vehicle was manufactured before 1969 (before July 1975 for motorcycles) and it has had major modifications or a steering conversion from LHD to RHD, you'll need:

  • a VASS approval certificate and
  • a blue modification plate.
Older vehicles

This category covers a vehicle that was owned and used by the applicant overseas for a continuous period of at least 12 months prior to it being imported. 

Vehicle requirements

The vehicle must be:

  • in the right-hand drive configuration
  • fitted with complying seat belts
  • fitted with child restraint anchorages for the rear seating positions
  • fitted with head restraints to the front outboard seating positions
  • otherwise comply with the standards for registration set out in Schedule 1 of the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2021
  • be in a roadworthy condition.

Documentation

  • Certificate of Roadworthiness
  • VIN must be recorded on RAV
  • VIN must be stamped on vehicle
  • a VASS Approval Certificate (to L03) and a blue Modification Approval plate
  • if the vehicle has undergone other major modifications (for example a steering conversion from LHD to RHD), a full VASS Approval Certificate is also required.
Personal effects

Registering your imported vehicle

Follow the steps on the register a vehicle page to make an appointment to attend a Customer Service Centre, prepare for and attend your appointment.

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