Transfer & motor vehicle duty fees

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

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

You’ll need to pay these fees when you purchase a registered vehicle and it’s being transferred into your name.

Do I need to pay?

In most cases yes. Some exemptions apply depending on the type of transfer and vehicle type. Have a look at transfer fees and roadworthy exemptions to see if you’re exempt.

How do I pay?

The fees are payable when the buyer submits the application for transfer form [PDF 368 Kb] with VicRoads.

Check your transfer type to see what fee will apply:

Type Category Description Fee 
Private Transfer Motor vehicle $39.70
Private Transfer Motorcycle $6.40
Private Transfer Trailer $6.40 
Private Transfer Recreation motorcycle $6.40
Dealer Transfer Motorcycle $6.40
Dealer Transfer Trailer $6.40
Dealer Transfer Motor vehicle $20.20
Financier Repossession All vehicles $3.80

* A card payment fee applies for VISA or MasterCard.

The motor vehicle duty is a tax payable when you register a vehicle or a vehicle is being transferred into your name. VicRoads collects this tax on behalf of the State Revenue Office.

Find your fee here:

Vehicle type Category Market value Rate
Passenger vehicles New registration1 $0 - $66,331 $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Passenger vehicles New registration1 Exceeds: $66,331

$10.40 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
Demonstrator passenger vehicles2 Second hand registration or transfer of registration Any market value Applicable new car rate
All other vehicles Second hand registration or transfer of registration Any market value $8.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof

* 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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