Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

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

The Safety Certificate replaced the Roadworthy Certificate in November 1989.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers Qld Safety Certificate

When Do You Need a Safety Certificate?

When you are offering or selling a currently registered vehicle. To check the registration status of any vehicle in Australia wide, go to Free Rego Check.

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

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).

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
  • Lights – Condition, operational e.t.c
  • Seat belts – Condition & operational e.t.c

Safety Certificate Brisbane Important Information

A safety certificate is to be displayed on any registered light vehicle when you offer the vehicle for sale, even when you:

  • Put the vehicle online for sale
  • Offering it for sale in a public viewing area
  • Even driving the vehicle around with a sign in it saying, “For Sale”


If you plan on cancelling the registration after the vehicle is sold you still need a safety certificate.

Where Do I Display a Safety Certificate?

The more obvious area on a vehicle is usually the best place to display a safety certificate.
For Example:

  • motorcycle – front guard or forks
  • car – window or windscreen
  • trailer – draw-bar.

Be careful because there is a $550 fine for not displaying a safety certificate once the vehicle is offered for sale.

Call Mobile Roadworthy Brisbane today on (07) 3053 8663 to get a Queensland Safety Certificate for your vehicle.