Registration labels

Registration labels are no longer needed for light vehicles in Victoria.

This change was introduced from the 1st January 2014 and is part of the Victorian Government's commitment to reduce the red-tape burden for Victorians. It is estimated that the removal of registration labels will save Victorians $19.5 million a year in costed time by not having to attach labels.

Light vehicles include cars, motorcycles, motor trikes or trucks with a Gross Vehicle Mass (weight) of less than 4.5 tonnes. This also includes scooters and light trailers. There are five million registered light vehicles in Victoria.

Heavy vehicles are still required to display vehicle registration labels. You can order a replacement registration label and certificate (External link) for a heavy vehicle online.

How will I know when to pay my registration?

VicRoads will continue to send vehicle registration renewals notices around six weeks before registration is due and a reminder letter will be sent if registration is not paid by the due date.

You can check your vehicle registration status online (External link) to find out when your registration expiry date is.

For more information see the frequently asked questions below.

All vehicles are still required to have current registration. By law a registered operator is required to ensure their vehicle is registered if it is to be used on the road.

Victoria Police continue to enforce the law to ensure that a vehicle is registered when it is used on a road.

Registration renewal certificates are still being sent to light vehicle owners as a reminder to renew registration, but drivers do not have to put a sticker on their widescreen.

The Victorian Government has identified a number of rules, processes and regulations that are not necessary. Removing these compliance requirements and processes will reduce costs that are affecting Victorian businesses and the community.

For more information, go to our red-tape burden page.

The Victorian community and business will save approximately $19.5 million in costed time each year through not having to go to the inconvenience of fixing registration stickers to windscreens. Although all Victorian motorists will benefit from the time saving, the most pronounced time-cost saving will be for business fleet operators.

Discontinuing stickers will end the inconvenience suffered by approximately 44,000 motorists each year who require replacements for lost or damaged stickers.

How is the cost calculated?

The red-tape costs are calculated according to a formula by Victoria's Department of Treasury and Finance, which puts a cost on the time taken to carry out certain tasks. Whilst this is relatively low for an individual, it's a significant amount when you are dealing with a large fleet of vehicles.

What did it cost VicRoads to print the stickers?

Approximately $600,000 per year.

Registration fees will not be reduced as a result of discontinuing the stickers. This is because the change represents a minimal saving to VicRoads as registration certificates and invoices will continue to be produced and mailed, which constitutes the majority of the costs in ensuring vehicle operators receive a registration renewal notice.

The registration renewal fee is made up of the registration fee and TAC charge which funds Victoria's compulsory third party personal injury insurance scheme.

Most other jurisdictions have either abolished registration stickers or are planning to

  • WA – stickers discontinued 2010
  • SA – stickers discontinued 2011
  • NSW – stickers discontinued from 1 Jan 2013
  • TAS – stickers discontinued from 1 Sept 2012
  • ACT – stickers discontinued from 1 Jul 2013
  • NT – stickers discontinued from 1 Jul 2013
  • QLD – planning to discontinue from Oct 2014

Haven’t there been problems with removing the stickers in these states?

Victoria is in the fortunate position of being able to draw on the experience of other states with have already scrapped registration labels.

VicRoads has developed a smart phone friendly service to ensure people can check their registration anywhere and anytime - Vehicle Registration Enquiry (External link)

In South Australia, more than one million people used the smart phone app to check registration and more than 16,000 people a month now renew their rego via their smart phone, which is more transactions than a busy VicRoads customer service centre.  This is in addition to the traditional reminders – which have not changed.

Driving an unregistered vehicle is an offence. Whenever you drive a vehicle it is your responsibility to ensure it is registered. This will remain the case when registration stickers are removed.

You will be able to check any vehicle’s registration by entering the registration plate details online at Vehicle Registration Enquiry (External link) or by calling VicRoads on 13 1171.

This requirement is uniform throughout Australia but the requirement for display of stickers on heavy vehicles may be reviewed in future by the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (External link).

Most police vehicles have online access to registration data through their in-car mobile data terminals.

The use of Automated Number Plate Recognition technology also means that Victoria Police can easily scan traffic and identify which vehicles are unregistered.

Just because a vehicle has a registration sticker on the windscreen doesn’t mean it is registered, as that sticker is sent out regardless of whether the registration is paid.

Vehicles permitted to park in loading zones used to have a “G” on their registration label so they can be checked by parking inspectors.

A similar system is available online, enabling councils to identify if a vehicle is permitted to park in a loading zone.

How will councils and other agencies look up data on registered vehicles?

VicRoads has developed a free smart phone friendly service to allow people to check registrations anytime, anywhere – go to Vehicle Registration Enquiry (External link)

Interstate experience shows there were no more unregistered drivers when the labels were abolished, primarily because there will be the same reminders for drivers as there always have been.

That won’t be necessary. Victoria Police will be able to identify whether your vehicle is registered through their mobile data terminals or via the Automated Number Plate Recognition technology.

As from 1 January 2014 there will be no requirement to display a sticker. You will be able to take the existing sticker off.

See the related media release

Media release - 13 July 2013

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