Vehicle Trade Plates - Tasmania


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
  • 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 with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


To be 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 -

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

General Miscellaneous All $17.82

Replacement trade plate.

General Miscellaneous All -

Insurance fee may apply.

Renew Renewal All -

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

Act(s) name

Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 TAS

Regulation(s) name

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

Application process


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.

Lodgement process


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

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.

Enquiries Officer


Department of State Growth

Operating address: 4 Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 536
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 1300 135 513
Website: Transport (Opens in new window)