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Transferring registration when selling a vehicle

What to do when you sell a vehicle and want to transfer registration and ownership.

Check for personalised number plates

If you have special or personalised number plates, you need to decide what you'd like to do with them before you sell the vehicle. The number plates and fees automatically go with the vehicle, unless you organise to keep them.

If you want to sell the vehicle with the personalised number plates, the annual fees are payable by the new operator. They have the option to replace them if they do not want to pay these fees.

To keep the number plates, you need to take action before you sell the vehicle and either:

  • reserve the plates at a service centre and have standard plates issued to the vehicle you are selling,
    or
  • exchange the number plates for plates on another vehicle registered in your name.

See myPlates for more information.

Give the buyer proof of registration entitlement

You should provide the new operator with a document that proves they have the right to register the vehicle. This could be the Certificate of Registration or renewal notice.

See proof of registration entitlement for acceptable documents.

The process is the same if you want to transfer registration to a family member.

Take the vehicle off your eTag

If you have an eTag, contact the tag provider to take the vehicle off your account.

CTP insurance

A vehicle's compulsory third party (CTP) insurance – sometimes referred to as a 'green slip' – automatically transfers to the new operator when the vehicle registration is transferred. You don't need to do anything with it.

Lodge a notice of disposal

This is really important. If you don't lodge a notice of disposal to let us know you've sold the vehicle, you will continue to be responsible for it, including any fines.

The notice of disposal also allows the new owner to transfer ownership online or in person.

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