Registration and Licensing

Heavy vehicle registration, licensing and all matters related to the carriage of dangerous goods are still administered by state and territory road transport authorities.

Removal of registration labels

The NHVR is part of the national Heavy Vehicle Strategy Group which is currently overseeing the removal of registration labels from heavy vehicles by 1 July 2018.

From 1 July 2018, registration labels for heavy vehicles will no longer be required in most states and territories (this aligns with the removal of registration labels for light vehicles which has already been implemented in many states and territories). Implementation of this initiative has already occured in Tasmania and Western Australia and will be phased in across the rest Australia over the next 8 months.

Please note: Heavy vehicles registered in the Northern Territory and under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme will still be required to display a registration label.

The table below contains the proposed removal dates as well as a link to that jurisdication's registration information.

Jurisdictionregistration label removal date
Australian Capital Territory 1 July 2018
New South Wales 1 July 2018
Northern Territory Registration label required
Queensland 1 July 2018
South Australia 1 November 2017
Tasmania Completed (1 September 2017)
Victoria 1 July 2018
Western Australia Completed (1 July 2016)
Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) Registration label required

What are the benefits?

It is expected that there will be cost and productivity savings for industry as a result of no longer needing to attach labels to vehicles. This will be particularly the case for larger fleet operators who currently have to manage logistical issues associated with regularly replacing registration labels.

Do the changes apply to heavy special purpose vehicles as well?

Yes. Heavy special purpose vehicles will no longer need to display a registration label after the relevant jurisdiction has stopped issuing registration labels.

How will I know when my heavy vehicle registration expires ?

Jurisdictions will continue to send renewal notices to operators prior to the registration expiry date and most provide online tools to check the registration status of a vehicle.

How do I prove that a vehicle is registered?

Most jurisdictions provide online tools to check the registration status of a vehicle. We recommend that you also keep your registration details certificate in the vehicle as a safeguard in case online services are not available. 

Will I be required to have a registration label fitted when travelling interstate?

Label requirements are based on the state or territory the vehicle is registered in, regardless of where it is being driven.

If your vehicle is registered in a state or territory that no longer requires registration labels, then you don't need to have a label when travelling interstate.

If your vehicle is registered in a state or territory that still requires registration labels, then you will need to have label when travelling interstate.

Police and other enforcement agencies can check the status of a vehicle online without the need to refer to a registration label. We recommend that you keep your registration details certificate in the vehicle as a safeguard in case online services are not available.

How do I prove that a vehicle is registered?

Most jurisdictions provide online tools to check the registration status of a vehicle. We recommend that you keep your registration details certificate in the vehicle as a safeguard in case online services are not available.

How will registration be detected without labels?

Advances in technology allows roadside registration checks to be carried out using wireless equipment to check vehicle registration status using the vehicle number plate details. Registration checks vehicles may also be detected by speed, red light and other fixed cameras.

How will police and enforcement agencies know if my vehicle is currently registered?

Police and other enforcement agencies can check the status of a vehicle online without the need to refer to a registration label. We recommend that you keep your registration details certificate in the vehicle as a safeguard in case online services are not available.

What happens to registration when selling or buying a heavy vehicle?

When selling a vehicle, the seller is required to provide the registration details certificate to the buyer. When purchasing a vehicle, the buyer should ask to see the current registration details certificate for the vehicle. It is the responsibility of the buyer to check the registration expiry date before buying a second hand vehicle.

I renewed my heavy vehicle registration before my jurisdiction stopped issuing registration labels.  Will I get a registration label?

If the period of registration commences prior to your jurisdiction stopping the issuing of registration labels you will receive a label and you should affix it to the vehicle in accordance with current requirements. If the period of registration commences on or after your jurisdiction has stopped issuing registration labels, no label will be produced.

My registration label came off, do I need a new label?

Yes. If the registration label comes off before your jurisdiction has stopped issuing registration labels, it will need to be re-affixed to the vehicle before it can be driven or you will need to apply for a replacement label.

Do I have to remove the registration label from my vehicle once my jurisdiction has stopped issuing registration labels?

No. You can remove the label at any time after your jurisdiction has stopped issuing registration labels; there is no requirement to remove it straight away.

Licensing

Heavy vehicle licensing and procedures (e.g. training, tests and endorsements) are still administered by state and territory road authorities. For more information about licensing requirements in your state or territory, select the relevant jurisdiction listed below.