Issue of Trader's Plates - Australian Capital Territory


You may require these plates if you operate a business engaged in the manufacturing, dealing, repairing or transportation of registrable vehicles. Correctly displayed trader's plates enable an unregistered vehicle to be driven on public roads. Examples of when this may occur include a:

  • Customer test driving a brand new unregistered car from an authorised dealership; or
  • Mechanic driving an unregistered vehicle on the road for the purpose of determining whether a mechanical issue has been repaired.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to issue trader's plates you must:

  • Be a manufacturer, repairer or transporter of, or dealer in, registrable vehicles; and
  • Have a suitable premises for the purpose.

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


3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Description
Apply Application

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Road Transport Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

Mailing address: PO BOX 582
Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 2602
Phone: 132281
Phone: 02 62077171
Phone: 02 62077101
Website: Road Transport Authority (Opens in new window)