Transfer & motor vehicle duty fees

A transfer fee and a motor vehicle duty is payable when a vehicle is transferred to another registered operator.

Some vehicle transfer situations may be exempt from the transfer fee or motor vehicle duty fee. Check if transfer exemptions apply in your situation.

The transfer fee amount you need to pay will depend on the type of vehicle, either motor vehicle (car or truck), motorcycle or trailer.

Check your transfer type to see what transfer fee is applicable:

Type Category Description Fee 
Private Transfer Motor vehicle $38.30
Private Transfer Motorcycle $6.20
Private Transfer Trailer $6.20 
Private Transfer Recreation motorcycle $6.20
Dealer Transfer Motorcycle $6.20
Dealer Transfer Trailer $6.20
Dealer Transfer Motor vehicle $19.50
Financier Repossession All vehicles $3.80

The motor vehicle duty is a tax payable when a vehicle is registered or transferred to another registered operator. VicRoads collects this tax on behalf of the State Revenue Office.

Motor vehicle duty fees

Vehicle type Category Market value Rate
Passenger vehicles New registration1 $0 - $64,132 $6.40 per $200 of the market value or part thereof
Passenger vehicles New registration1 Exceeds: $64,132

$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

New registration rates are applicable when registering a vehicle that has not previously been registered in Victoria or elsewhere.

A vehicle is a demonstrator vehicle if:
  • it is a passenger vehicle registered as a new vehicle in the name of a Licensed car motor trader
  • no duty has been paid on or since the initial registration, and
  • the vehicle is acquired within 60 days of the initial registration.

Market Value

The amount of duty depends on the market value of your vehicle, which is the greater of:

  • the purchase price, or
  • the price which could be obtained in the open market.

Market value includes:

  • all fitted accessories
  • any trade-in allowance
  • the value of improvements or repairs made prior to the application to transfer or register the vehicle
  • delivery fee (on new vehicles)
  • any GST that is paid.

Market value on a new vehicle does not 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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