Hire vehicle number plates

VH plates (VHD.004-VHZ.999) are available to all vehicles that are registered to provide booked services only with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria.  

Previously issued VH plates (VHA.000-VHC.999) remain valid for vehicles providing booked services only. 

Note that a small number of plates in both ranges have already been issued to customers as Euro or custom number plates.  These number combinations will remain as custom plates.

Vehicle Hire Number Plates

VH plates (VHD.004-VHZ.999) are available to purchase for vehicles registered to provide booked services only with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria.  

Previously issued VH plates (VHA.000-VHC.999) remain valid for vehicles providing booked services only and can remain on vehicles. 

Note that a small number of plates in both ranges have already been issued to customers as Euro or custom number plates.  These number combinations will remain as custom plates.  

Obtaining Vehicle Hire (VHD.004-VHZ.999) number plates 

VH-plates are available to CPV registered vehicles providing booked only services.  You can check the status of a vehicle’s CPV registration status on the CPVV Public Register (External link).

You can request VH number plates at your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre.  A fee of $350 applies.

As part of new CPV reforms, special lane access rights for VH plated vehicles will be removed from the Eastern Freeway/Hoddle Street and Tullamarine Freeway/CityLink. All VH plate holders will be advised of these changes, which are not likely to be before the end of March 2020.  

Changing to Vehicle Hire number plates

VH number plates can be transferred from one vehicle to another, as long as:

  • the vehicle receiving the VH-plates has current registration and is registered with CPVV as a CPV that provides booked services only; and 
  • both vehicles are registered to the same operator (person or company).

Any previous standard issue number plates assigned to the vehicle need to be returned to your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

Informing Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria of number plate changes

When you assign or remove VH plates from your vehicle, you must notify Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria.  For information regarding notifying Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, please visit their website here.

Changing to standard number plates

If you have VH plates, but would prefer standard number plates, visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

Return your VH plates and swap them with standard plates.

If you have standard number plates, you can request to change your number plates back to VH plates, provided the vehicle is registered with CPV to provide booked services only. A fee of $350 applies. 

VH plate style

VH plates have blue characters on a white background, are standard size only and are issued in the following range:

  • Cars: VHD 004 to VHZ 999
  • Motorcycles: not available

You can replace any lost or damaged plates in standard size.  Stolen plates cannot be replaced.

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