In Queensland a roadworthy certificate is called a safety certificate.
A safety certificate is needed when a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or when re-registering an unregistered vehicle. It confirms that a vehicle has passed a minimum safety standard inspection.
Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:
This inspection covers the basics for the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:
A safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection. If you are buying a used vehicle, you should contact Gordo’s Mobile Mechanics for a full mechanical inspection.
You must display a safety certificate on a registered light vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale, including when you:
Approved inspection stations offer vehicle inspections, and are the only businesses in Queensland that can issue safety certificates.
You can drive your unregistered vehicle to get the safety certificate, but make sure you:
You must take the shortest and most direct route to an:
If your vehicle does not pass a safety certificate check and:
You can get an unregistered vehicle permit to drive the vehicle to be fixed. Otherwise the vehicle must be towed.
When you have a safety certificate and gas certificate (if applicable), you can drive your vehicle to a transport and motoring customer service centre to apply for vehicle registration.
The safety certificate must be displayed in an obvious area, such as:
When displayed, all information written on the certificate must be able to be seen clearly from outside the vehicle.
You can be fined over $560 if you don’t clearly display a safety certificate on a vehicle—from the moment you offer it for sale.
The time a safety certificate is valid depends on who is selling the vehicle:
You can use the same safety certificate to register an unregistered vehicle and then transfer the registration, as long as you do this within the limits set out above.
You will need to get a new safety certificate every time you sell a vehicle, even if you sell it within the limits set out above. A single safety certificate can be used for 1 transfer only.
Vehicles that are unregistered or are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers do not need a safety certificate. Vehicles can still be sold for parts but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale.
You do not need a safety certificate if the vehicle meets 1 of the exemption criteria. Some exemption situations may include:
For more information on safety certificate exemptions, call the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.