Register an interstate vehicle

If you are moving to Victoria permanently and have a vehicle with interstate registration, or have bought a vehicle with interstate registration, you will need to register it in Victoria.

Before you speak with us, have the following information ready:

  • the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and engine number of your vehicle
  • the make, model and registration number of your vehicle
  • your current Victorian licence or learner permit number.

Making the appointment

You can make the appointment by:

* A card payment fee applies

Vehicle Inspections by VicRoads

An inspection of your vehicle will not be required if the vehicle:

  • details have not changed, and
  • is currently registered interstate, and
  • still has the number plates displayed.

An inspection of your vehicle will be required if the vehicle:

  • registration is cancelled or expired by more than 3 months
  • details are missing from the national vehicles database
  • is recorded on the Victorian or an interstate Written Off Vehicles Register
  • does not have number plates displayed.

Even if your vehicle doesn't require an inspection, an appointment fee will apply. There are no concessions available for appointments.

Changing your appointment

Once an appointment is booked, it can only be changed by the appointment holder.

If you want to cancel or change the appointment, you will need to provide at least 24 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in any fees paid being forfeited.dd

VicRoads will tell you if a Certificate of Roadworthiness (RWC) is required when booking your appointment.

If the interstate vehicle registration is current or not expired by more than 3 months and is going into the same name in Victoria, a RWC will not be required to register your vehicle in Victoria.

A RWC is required if you have purchased a vehicle interstate or if the registration is cancelled or expired by more than 3 months.  

You can get a RWC from a Roadworthy tester location.

You will need to bring the following to your appointment: 

  • the vehicle (if an inspection is required)
  • a completed vehicle registration form [PDF 209 Kb]
  • your evidence of identity
  • proof of ownership
    • If the vehicle isn't registered in your name interstate, you will need evidence of purchase/ownership (contract of sale/receipt showing the VIN/chassis number, engine number, name, address and signature of previous owner, name and address of the new owner)
    • If the vehicle is registered in your name* interstate, in most cases, you will not require proof of ownership.

* Note: If the vehicle is registered in more than one name interstate, you must provide proof in the form of a certificate of registration showing your name as a joint registered operator. You must also supply an original letter from the other registered operator stating that the vehicle can be registered in your name.

  • evidence the vehicle has been registered interstate for 12 months (if advised when making the appointment)
  • a current and original Certificate of Roadworthiness (if required)
  • evidence of the Victorian garage address for the vehicle, if this is not recorded on your evidence of identity documents. You will need to provide one of the following as evidence:
    • a Victorian residential or business address. If the postal address differs from the residential or business address, evidence of that must also be provided.
    • an interstate or overseas residential or business address plus secondary evidence of identity that provides documentary evidence linking the vehicle operator to the Victorian garaged address (eg. rate notice, utility bill etc.)
    • an RMB (Road side mailbox) or RSD (Road side delivery) if the residence or business cannot be identified by a street/road name or other means.
  • appropriate tools to either remove or affix your new Victorian number plates ensuring they are fitted to your vehicle before leaving VicRoads. Screws are not supplied with new plates.
  • if someone else is registering the vehicle on your behalf, they will need to provide an original and signed Authority to act as an agent form [PDF 253 Kb]

Fees

The fees that are applicable are:

  • standard registration charge
  • standard number plate fee
  • Transport Accident Commission charge
  • motor vehicle duty fee (you are exempt from paying motor vehicle duty if you are the previous registered operator within Australia).

Use our initial registration fee calculator to find out the fees.

Bring the documentation/items to your appointment, including evidence of your identify and a vehicle registration form [PDF 210 Kb]

You'll need to pay a fee to register your vehicle (by VISA, MasterCard*, cheque, EFTPOS or cash). Use our initial registration fee calculator to find out the fees. Registration fees for motorcycle are different. 

* A card payment fee applies

Before you drive the vehicle, the new number plates must be fitted to your vehicle, so make sure you bring the appropriate tools to either remove or affix your plates. Screws are not supplied with new plates.

If you are new to Victoria and have an interstate driver licence, you will also need to change it over to a Victorian licence once you have been living here for more than three months.

Note: If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you may be required to transfer your appointment to the next available timeslot and pay another appointment fee.

Interstate number plates

You may return your interstate number plates to VicRoads once the vehicle is registered in Victoria. You will be provided with a receipt for the number plates.

VicRoads is unable to process interstate registration cancellations or refunds. Due to variations in rules between jurisdictions, you are encouraged to check with the jurisdiction that the vehicle is registered in as to its refund policy.

Electronic stability control (ESC) helps the driver to keep control of their car when it skids, swerves suddenly, or when road conditions change.

It is a requirement that the following vehicles with a compliance plate dated January 2011 or after have ESC fitted:

  • all passenger cars
  • off-road passenger vehicles, and
  • forward-control passenger vehicles e.g. passenger vans.

If you cannot locate the compliance/identification plate in your vehicle, check the vehicle manufacturer information.

If the vehicle is required to have ESC but it is not fitted and it is not exempt, the vehicle cannot be registered in Victoria.

Exemptions

You are exempt from having ESC fitted to your vehicle if it has been registered interstate for more than 12 months.

VicRoads will check the national vehicle register to confirm that the vehicle has been registered for 12 months. If VicRoads cannot confirm how long the vehicle has been registered you will need to bring along additional documentation to show your vehicle has been registered interstate for more than 12 months.  You will be advised of this when you make your appointment. 

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