Frequently asked questions & answers for Queensland vehicle registration requirements needed for buying, selling or registering interstate vehicles.

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What Does A Safety Inspection Cover?

Some of the components Safety Certificate / Roadworthy Certificate covers:

  • Brake components – Condition, operational, efficiency e.t.c
  • Steering and Suspension – Condition, operational e.t.c
  • Tyres – Tread thickness & condition e.t.c
  • Body Rust or damage – No structural damage e.t.c
  • Windscreen
  • Lights – Condition, operational e.t.c
  • Headlights – Yellowed, hazy or discouloured (headlight restoration)
  • Seat belts – Condition & operational e.t.c
  • Exhaust

Vehicles Include:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 0.751–3.50 tonnes (t)
  • any other vehicles up to 4.50t gross vehicle mass (GVM).

Important Update Information From QLD Government

The safety certificate rules have recently been reviewed and updated. From 1 September 2021, vehicle owners are no longer required to obtain and display a safety certificate before a vehicle is offered for sale. This includes when a vehicle is offered for sale on a dealer’s lot, advertised online, or a ‘for sale’ sign is displayed on the vehicle. It is still a requirement for the seller to obtain a safety certificate before disposing of a vehicle. Penalties may apply if a safety certificate is not obtained before selling a registered vehicle.

Getting a safety certificate

A safety certificate is no longer required before offering a registered vehicle for sale. You must still obtain a safety certificate before disposing of a registered vehicle, other than to a dealer. You may be fined over $650 for not having a current safety certificate when disposing of a vehicle.

Queensland Government

When Do You Need a Safety Certificate?

The Queensland pre-registration process requires a seller to obtain a safety certificate when disposing of a registered vehicle, also unregistered and registered used vehicles coming from interstate to have a safety certificate (unless exempt). Also, see CTP insurance Queensland registration requirements for pre-registration. You can also get the cost of Queensland car registration by using the free online quote tool.