Get a low volume trailer VIN

If you’re a trailer manufacturer building less than 500 trailers a year you can request Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) online.

Privacy Information

Personal information VicRoads collects from you may be used for the purposes, and disclosed to persons, permitted by section 92 of the Road Safety Act 1986. It may be disclosed to various organisation and persons, including (without limitation) to contractors and agents of VicRoads, law enforcement agencies, other road and traffic authorities, the Transport Accident Commission, vehicle manufacturers (for safety recalls), road safety researchers, courts and other organisations or people authorised to collect it. You are required to provide this personal information. Failure to provide this information may result in this application not being processed, or records not being properly maintained. For further information about our use of your personal information and your right of access to it, download the VicRoads brochure Protecting your Privacy from the VicRoads website or call 13 1171.

Disclaimer

Providing false and/or misleading information is a serious offence under the Road Safety Act 1986 and can result in you being fined or imprisoned. Any authority or approval, given as a result of you providing such information, may be reversed and have no effect.

Imported trailers

A trailer VIN issued by VicRoads must not be assigned to a trailer manufactured overseas, or listed on a Vehicle Import Approval.  VicRoads is notified by the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) if a VicRoads issued VIN is listed on a Vehicle Import Approval. If this occurs, you will not be able to register the trailer/s.

Non-standard trailers

A light trailer VIN must not be assigned to a trailer that does not meet the requirements of VSB1, is non compliant or over dimensional.  By affixing a vehicle plate (identification plate) to a trailer, you are certifying that it meets the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. Do not affix a trailer plate and do not assign a VIN to a trailer that exceeds dimension limits and / or does not meet any aspect of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.  This will be reported directly to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. It is an offence to supply a vehicle to the market that does not meet the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

Interstate requests

A light trailer VIN will not be issued to a manufacturer or individual based interstate. If you reside interstate, you must contact the registration authority in your jurisdiction.  

Manufacturer errors or duplicate VINs

A trailer VIN describing a particular trailer type must not be allocated to a different trailer type. VicRoads may refuse registration where it is identified that the incorrect type of VIN is assigned to a trailer. For example, a ‘box trailer’ VIN must not be allocated to a caravan. When a manufacturer has made an error, or a VIN is duplicated on more than one trailer, the customer will be referred back to the manufacturer. When a consistent pattern of poor quality control is evident, VicRoads may refuse to issue any further VINs to a manufacturer.

VIN stamping

A VIN must be stamped, embossed or otherwise permanently marked on a substantial part of a trailer's frame or chassis (e.g. drawbar).  

Quantity

Manufacturers may request 5-50 VINS per application. 
VicRoads can only issue a maximum of 500 VINs per trailer manufacturer for each calendar year. If you estimate that you will require more than 500 VINs during the calendar year, you should contact Standards Australia, or the National Vehicle Identification Coordinator at the NEVDIS Administration Unit, Tel: 02 9218 6546, or email: [email protected]

General Information 

VicRoads may conduct field audits of a trailer manufacturing company applying for VINs. These audits will be conducted to ensure that VIN allocation and record keeping procedures are maintained. 

Use of trailer VINs issued by VicRoads

New low volume trailer VINs are intended for individuals and manufacturers in the business of constructing new trailers. Severe penalties apply under the Road Safety Act 1986, and the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009 if a person alters, defaces, removes, substitutes or tampers with an existing vehicle identification number. If VicRoads identifies any of these activities, the relevant VINs issued by VicRoads will be cancelled and the relevant vehicles will not considered eligible for registration in Victoria. Any instance or evidence indicating interference with an existing VIN will be referred to Victoria Police.

Rejected applications

VicRoads reserves the right to reject an application if incorrect, false, or misleading information is provided. 

About VINs

If you’re an eligible trailer manufacturer, you should apply online for a low volume trailer VIN.

Am I eligible for a low volume VIN?

You can apply for a low volume trailer VIN online if you’re:

If you’ve requested a VIN from us before, make sure that you have your three digit manufacture identification number. You can find this on letters that we previously sent you about your VINs, or call us on 13 11 71 to obtain your manufacturer identification number.

How to get a trailer VIN if you build less than five trailers a year

If you build less than five trailers per calendar year, you will need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre, or call us on 13 11 71 to request a trailer VIN.

How to apply

Select an option below to apply for your VINs online.  

By using this service you are confirming that the information that is provided is true and correct, and you have read and agree with the terms and conditions (see below).

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