Short-term registration

Pay less upfront when you choose a 3 or 6 month registration.

What is short-term registration?

Short-term registration means having your vehicle registered for a shorter period of time. So, instead of having to pay your registration for 12 months, you can now choose from a 3 or 6 month period and pay less upfront. You can set up short-term registration when your current registration period ends.

Is short-term registration available for everyone?

Short-term registration is available if you drive a:

  • car
  • ute
  • van
  • motorbike, or
  • mobile plant vehicle.

Short-term registration is not available for light trailers, caravans, boats or other vessels.

When can I change my registration?

If your registration is due you can change it online:

  • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 8:15pm
  • Saturday 7:30am - 8:15pm 
  • Sunday 12pm - 8:15pm.  

If it’s not due, you can change your registration period at any time.

How do I change to short-term registration?

There are a few different ways you can change to short-term registration.


Choose short-term registration by logging in to your myVicRoads account.

Once you’ve logged in, choose a registration period from:

  • 3 months or 
  • 6 months or
  • 12 months.

Your registration period gets updated right after you’ve changed it online.

Sign up to myVicRoads or register your interest in a myVicRoads business account


Call us on 1300 282 616 (8am–5.30pm Monday–Friday and 8.30am-12.30pm Saturday)

Visit us 

Visit your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

What’s the service fee?

With short-term registration, you pay a short-term registration fee of $2.50 each time you renew.

Short-term registration is not an instalment payment. The price of the short-term registration is a pro-rata amount of the annual fee.

It doesn’t matter which registration you have as the registration fee increases on 1 July each year for 3, 6 or 12 month registration. 

How do I pay my registration?

You can pay your registration here.

What if I have a concession or discount?

Having one of the following means you’ll still get a discount on your registration and the $2.50 short-term registration service fee won’t apply:

Apprentice discount

Having an apprentice discount means you can choose a short-term registration period. 

However, before the registration period ends you’ll need to: 

  • re-apply for your apprentice discount 
  • re-submit your application with supporting paperwork 
  • undergo employer checks.

What about transferred vehicles?

For a transferred vehicle, you can change this to a short-term registration when it’s time to renew.

Need more help?

Call 13 11 71 and speak to one of our friendly staff who can help. 

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