Transfer & motor vehicle duty fees

Transfer fees and motor vehicle duty are payable to VicRoads when a vehicle is registered or transfer is lodged.

Changes to Motor Vehicle Duty from July 1 2019

New rates of motor vehicle duty will apply to new and second-hand registrations, and vehicle transfers. Concessions will apply for some low emission vehicles and passenger vehicles used by primary producers as part of their primary production business.

See below to learn more.

Check your transfer type to determine which fees are payable to VicRoads at the time of transfer lodgement. Check transfer exemptions to determine if you're exempt from paying transfer fees.

Type Category Description Fee 
Private Transfer Motor vehicle $40.70
Private Transfer Motorcycle $6.50
Private Transfer Trailer $6.50 
Private Transfer Recreation motorcycle $6.50
Dealer Transfer Motorcycle $6.50
Dealer Transfer Trailer $6.50
Dealer Transfer Motor vehicle $20.70
Financier Repossession All vehicles $4.10

* A card payment fee applies for VISA or MasterCard.

Market value, also known as dutiable value, is the purchase price or the value of the vehicle on the open market, whichever is the highest of the two.

This includes: 

  • all fitted accessories
  • any trade-in allowance
  • the value of improvements or repairs made before the transfer and registration
  • dealer delivery fee (on new vehicles)
  • GST and Commonwealth taxes.

Registration fees, Transport Accident Charges, or motor vehicle duty do not form part of the market value.

Motor vehicle duty is a payment VicRoads collects on behalf of the State Revenue Office when a vehicle is registered or transferred to your name.

The amount you need to pay is based on the type of vehicle you are registering or transferring, and its current market value, at the time of registration or transfer transaction.

The rates of motor vehicle duty for all vehicles are shown in the table below. Duty reductions or exemptions from motor vehicle duty apply to specific vehicle types. New rates of duty apply from 1 July 2019 for registration, re-registration and transfer of new and second-hand vehicles with a market value of $67,525 and above.

However, if a luxury passenger car with a dutiable value of more than $100,000 was contracted to be sold before 28 May 2019, the previous rate of motor vehicle duty applies.  The customer must be able to provide proof of “good reason” the vehicle could not be registered or transferred until after 30 June 2019. The duty rate of $8.40 per $200 of market value applies to these vehicles. 

Check transfer exemptions to determine if you’re exempt from paying motor vehicle duty.

Vehicle type Category Market value Rate
Low emission (120gm/km) passenger vehicle New, used registration or transfer of registration  Any value $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Primary producer passenger vehicles  New, used registration or transfer of registration   Any value $8.40 per $200 of that market value or part thereof
Passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration Up to $67,525 $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Luxury passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration Over $67,525 up to $100,000
$10.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Upper luxury passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration
Over $100,000 up to $150,000 $14.00 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Super luxury passenger vehicles  New, used registration or transfer of registration More than $150,001 $18.00 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Non passenger vehicles and motorcycles New registration1 Any value $5.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof

Non-passenger vehicles and motorcycles

(includes heavy trailers)

 Used or transfer of registration  Any value $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Demonstrator passenger vehicles2 Second hand registration or transfer of registration Any market value Applicable new car rate

* A card payment fee applies for VISA or MasterCard.

  1. New registration – when a vehicle that has never been registered in Victoria or Australia  is registered in your name.  
  2. A demonstrator vehicle is a passenger vehicle registered as a new vehicle in the name of a licensed  motor car trader:
  • when no duty has been paid on or since the initial registration
  • when it's been acquired within 60 days of the initial registration. 

Motor vehicle duty special conditions

Special conditions for the motor vehicle duty apply for: 

  • wheelchair accessible taxis
  • ex-Club permit vehicles.

Call us on 13 11 71 for more information.

Pay the transfer fee and motor vehicle duty to VicRoads within 14 days of sale/transfer by either:

VicRoads
GPO Box 1644
Melbourne VIC 3001

You can pay at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre using:

  • Cash
  • VISA or MasterCard (a card payment fee applies)

Mail payment can only be made using a VISA or MasterCard by completing a credit or debit authorisation form.

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