Vehicle Trade Plates - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require vehicle trade plates if you intend to operate a business that involves the handling or use of unregistered vehicles or trailers. They may be required by businesses involved in the manufacture, importation, sale, modification or repair of motor vehicles or trailers.

Trade plates are attached to the rear of unregistered vehicles or trailers and permit them to be driven for certain approved purposes, including:

  • Demonstrating or test driving a vehicle;
  • Driving the vehicle from the place of manufacture to the place where the vehicle will be offered for sale;
  • Driving to an exhibition or show to display or trial the vehicle and return; and
  • Moving a vehicle to or from a place where repair or maintenance work is being undertaken.

If approved to use trade plates, businesses must keep detailed records which must be made available for inspection by the Authority when required.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


To be determined at time of issue of trade plates.



Trade plate: $17.82; Trade plate certificate: $46.50.


Trade plate: $17.82; Trade plate certificate: $46.50.


Replacement trade plate.


Insurance fee may apply.



In addition to completing an application form and paying any required fees, new applicants must arrange for an inspection of their premises by a Transport Inspector in their closest area. You must provide evidence of third party insurance.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on these requirements.



Your completed application can be lodged at Service Tasmania outlets or designated police stations.

Administering agency

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services

Act(s) name

Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Vehicle and Traffic (Driver Licensing and Vehicle Registration) Regulations 2010 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries, Registration and Licensing
Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services

Mailing address:
Hobart, Tasmania 7001


03 6233 8011


1300 135 513

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