Transfer & motor vehicle duty fees

Find out when you need to pay transfer and motor vehicle duty fees.

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. 

When do you pay a transfer and motor vehicle duty fee? 

You’ll need to pay motor duty when:

  • you register a new or second-hand vehicle or 
  • a vehicle is being transferred into your name.

VicRoads collects this duty on behalf of the State Revenue Office (External link)

How is the duty calculated?

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

Dutiable value includes the following:

  • fitted accessories
  • the value of improvements and repairs (made to it before registration or transfer)
  • dealer delivery fee
  • GST and Commonwealth taxes.

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

 

Check your transfer type to see what fee will apply:

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.

The rates of motor vehicle duty for all vehicles are shown in the table below. 

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.  

Duty reductions or exemptions from motor vehicle duty apply to some vehicles or transaction types, such as Low Emission Vehicles where luxury motor vehicle duty is otherwise payable. Luxury passenger vehicles used in the primary production business of the registered operator may also qualify for a duty reduction.

Vehicle type Category Market value Rate
Low emission (120gm/km) vehicle New, used registration or transfer of registration  All values $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Primary producer passenger vehicles  New, used registration or transfer of registration   All values $8.40 per $200 of that market value or part thereof
Passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration $0 - $67,525 $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Luxury passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration $67,525 - $100,000

$10.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Upper luxury passenger vehicles New, used registration or transfer of registration
More than $100,000 - $150,000 $14.00 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Super luxury passenger vehicles  New, used registration or transfer of registration Excess of $150,001 $18.00 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Non passenger vehicles and motorcycles New registration1 Any market value $5.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof

Motorcycles and used non passenger vehicles

(includes heavy trailors) 

 Used or transfer of registration  All values $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 - this is when you register a vehicle that hasn’t been registered in Victoria or anywhere in Australia  
  2. A demonstrator vehicle is:
  • a passenger vehicle registered as a new vehicle in the name of a Licensed car motor trader
  • when no duty has been paid on or since the initial registration, and
  • when it's been acquired within 60 days of the initial registration

What is Market Value?

Market 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
  • delivery fee (on new vehicles)
  • any GST that’s paid.

Market value on a new vehicle doesn’t exclude any sales tax exemptions.

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.

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