Inter-State Vehicle Registry in Australia

December 21, 2009 · 3 comments

I’m not going to claim to be an expert on this, the rules are changing frequently enough for this information to go out of date quickly, especially as most car ‘regoing’ (The Australia term for registering, taxing and insuring a car all in one package) are going to online regoing. 

Check the current state websites for the latest rules, however if you are in Australia and want a difficult life by registering a vehicle in your name from a different state, I advice going down the local licencing place and asking, it is by far the quickest and clearest way to know what you need too.

Map of Australia

Map of Australia

My experience is bringing a private use vehicle from NSW to WA. As it turns out, it doesn’t really matter which state you are bringing it from, it matters where you are bringing it too, and that’s the licencing authority you want to deal with.

The rules to date (December 2009) on bringing a interstate car to WA (this doesn’t apply if you’ve owned the car for 12 months in a different state amongst other requirements), is it must pass a vehicle inspection to confirm it’s roadworthy-ness, and along with proof of ownership, you go to registry office (with your ID too of course) and get the new plates and registry in your name.

I hope that helps someone, but as I mentioned, it’s best to get the official word early on, or just make your life simple and buy a car in the state you currently are in.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandon December 22, 2009 at 9:02 PM

that is strange that there are different rules for different states in a country, that has got to be a big hassle.


Mark H January 28, 2010 at 1:38 AM

It is one of the quirky beauties of our country. Six states (and two territories) appear to go out of their way to ensure that the laws and processes for registering anything from cars to cats (let alone road rules, rail gauges, school curricula) is slightly different in each place.
.-= Mark H´s last blog – Living with Martin Luther (Wittenberg, Germany) =-.


AdventureRob January 31, 2010 at 5:42 AM

Yes ‘Quirky’ is one way of putting it ;-)
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Not Inside Adelaide =-.


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