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Abolition of registration labels for light vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I check whether a vehicle is registered before I drive it?
  2. Do I still need to register my vehicle?
  3. Will I need to remove the registration label from my light vehicle?
  4. Do I have to keep the tear off section in my vehicle?
  5. Can I remove my label holder from my trailer or motorcycle?
  6. I'm going interstate.  How will Police know that my car is registered?
  7. How can I pay my registration?
  8. Will my registration be any cheaper?
  9. What happens when I buy or sell a vehicle?
  10. I'm buying a vehicle.  How do I know if it is registered?
  11. If I pay at Service Tasmania, will I get my heavy vehicle label straight away?
  12. I ride a motorcycle.  How can I tell whether it is a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS) if it's not on the label?
  13. Why do heavy vehicles still need a label?
  14. Are there any changes to renewing a heavy vehicle registration?

1. How can I check whether a vehicle is registered before I drive it?

It is particularly important to check the registration if you are driving someone else's car or if you are in doubt as to whether the vehicle is registered.

Quick and easy checks on a vehicle's registration expiry date can be made:

  • online using our Registration Status Service at www.transport.tas.gov.au or
  • phone 1300 851 225; Monday to Friday during business hours

You may also check whether the registered operator of the vehicle keeps a copy of the registration receipt in the vehicle.  If you think a vehicle may not be registered, you should not drive it.  It is an offence to drive, park or stand an unregistered vehicle on a public street, even if you are not the owner.


2. Do I still need to register my vehicle?

Yes, you do need to register your vehicle.  Registration must be paid before midnight on the expiry date or your vehicle will be unregistered.  If you drive, park or stand an unregistered vehicle on a public street you will be committing an offence and may not be covered by compulsory third party insurance (MAIB).

If you don't register your vehicle, you may be caught by Transport Inspectors, DIER staff or Police using in car technology to detect unregistered vehicles.


3. Will I need to remove the registration label from my light vehicle?

Yes.  Once the changes have taken effect you no longer need to have a label on your vehicle.  You can either remove the label from your light vehicle straight away, or wait until the registration period to which the label relates expires.  Note that once this period ends you will have 30 days to remove your label, or you could be fined.

DIER will continue to send you a renewal notice about 6 weeks before your registration expires.  If you forget to pay your registration, a reminder notice will be sent out 21 days after your registration expires. 

A tear-off section will be included on the renewal notice that can be kept in the vehicle.  It contains no personal information and can be used as evidence or a reminder of the registration expiry date.


4. Do I have to leave the tear off section in my vehicle?

No.  There is no legal requirement to carry the tear off section in your vehicle.  It is just provided as a reminder of your registration expiry date, for you and for others that might drive your car.

5. Can I remove the label holder from my trailer or motorcycle?

Yes, as it is no longer necessary to display a label, you can remove your label holder. 

6. I'm going interstate.  How will Police know that my car is registered?

Interstate police will be informed that light vehicles registered in Tasmania will not display a label.  South Australian and Western Australian vehicles have already removed registration labels, and New South Wales will abolish labels in early 2013.

All police in Australia are able to check the registration status of Tasmanian vehicles.  Although your vehicle won?t have a label, police will be able to tell if you are driving unregistered.


7. How can I pay my registration?

The same payment methods are still in place - BPay, IVR, Internet, Service Tasmania and Australia Post  payments will all be accepted.  You should write your receipt number on your Certificate of Registration for your records.


8. Will my registration be any cheaper?

The registration fee is set to recover costs associated with providing vehicle registration.  It is reviewed annually in line with CPI adjustments.  As the production cost for labels makes up only a very small component of the registration fee, any savings on registration will not be noticeable for vehicle operators.  The overall savings made from not printing registration labels will go into the consolidated fund to be used for other Government funding priorities.

9. What happens when I buy or sell a vehicle?

When selling a vehicle, you are required to provide the registration certificate to the buyer.  The back of the registration certificate contains a notice of disposal and transfer application.  The seller should fill out the notice of disposal and return it to Service Tasmania. Replacement certificates are available upon payment of the applicable fee from Service Tasmania.

When buying a vehicle, make sure you fill in the transfer application on the back of the registration details certificate and return the form along with the applicable transfer fees to a Service Tasmania shop.

10. I'm buying a vehicle.  How do I know if it is registered?

When you purchase a vehicle you should ask to see the current registration certificate for the vehicle.  It is the responsibility of the buyer to check the registration expiry date before buying a second hand vehicle. This can be done:

  • online using our Registration Status Service at www.transport.tas.gov.au   or
  • phone 1300 851 225; Monday to Friday during business hours

You should also check whether there are any securities registered against the vehicle.  This can be done online through the Personal Property Securities Register.

11. If I pay at Service Tasmania, will I get my heavy vehicle label straight away?

Service Tasmania will not stock any registration labels, so no matter how you choose to pay your registration, you will need to wait until your label arrives in the mail.  You will have 45 days from the start of the new registration period to affix the label to your heavy vehicle.

You must make sure that your postal address is up to date.  DIER will send your label to that address soon after payment is made, so you should receive it in time to affix it to your vehicle within the 45 days period. 

12. I ride a motorcycle.  How can I tell whether it is a Learner Approved Motorcycle (LAMS) if it's not on the label?

Whether a motorcycle is LAMS approved will be written on the Certificate of Registration (including the tear off slip which can be kept in the vehicle).  These details will also show on the Registration Status Service page at www.transport.tas.gov.au

13. Why do heavy vehicles still need a label?

Because they are regulated under a national scheme, not removing the label ensures the rules surrounding heavy vehicles are consistent Australia wide.  The heavy vehicle label displays the vehicle configuration and conditions to assist with compliance and enforcement of heavy vehicle regulations.

14. Are there any changes to renewing a heavy vehicle registration?

You will receive a renewal notice before your registration expiry, which is similar to the notice sent to operators of light vehicles.  All the applicable payment periods will be shown on the form.  After you have paid your registration, a label will be mailed to you.  You will have 45 days from the start of the new registration period to affix the label to your heavy vehicle.


Remember, now that labels will be mailed out for heavy vehicles it is important that you pay your renewal on time.