Vehicle Trade Plates - Tasmania


You may need vehicle trade plates to operate a business involved in the handling, use, 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
  • 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 as needed.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Determined at time of issue of trade plates


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Vehicle trade plate fees:

  • issue of a trade plate - $73.87
  • renewal of authorisation to use a trade plate - $53.40

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $20.47

Replacement trade plate. Fees for 2023-24

General Miscellaneous All -

Insurance fee may apply. Please consult the agency for more information.

Act(s) name

Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

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

Application process


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

You must also provide evidence of third party insurance.

Lodgement process


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

Approval time

5 business days

Administering agency

Department of State Growth


Contact details

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