Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration if you operate, or intend to operate, passenger and freight vehicles solely engaged in interstate commerce including the transfer of people, goods or services between different states of Australia.

The Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) requires the registration for heavy vehicles weighing 4.5 tonnes and over.

Examples of the type of vehicle registered under this scheme are:

  • Trucks;
  • Prime movers;
  • B-doubles;
  • Load-carrying trailers and dollies;
  • Tour buses; and
  • Coaches.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To register, your vehicle must be:

  • Over 4.5 tonnes;
  • Registered;
  • Covered by third party insurance;
  • Declared roadworthy; and
  • Inspected no more than 45 days prior to registration.

Owners in remote areas which are beyond a radius of 250 km from an authorised inspection station may have their vehicles inspected up to 120 days before registration.

Operators wishing to register vehicles under this scheme simply apply at the registration authority in your jurisdiction of residence.

Please consult your State Vehicle Registration agency for further details.

Duration

12 months.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

B-Doubles: Approved Operational Routes - Available from State/Territory Motor Registry Offices.

Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) - Application - Available from State/Territory Motor Registry Offices.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Act(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Interstate Road Transport Regulations 1986 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2600

Phone:

1800075001

Phone:

02 62747111

Supporting information

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