Vehicle Trade Plates - Victoria


You will require vehicle trade plates if you intend to operate a business that involves the handling or use of unregistered vehicles or trailers. Businesses that may require vehicle trade plates include:

  • motor vehicle dealers
  • vehicle manufacturers
  • licensed vehicle testers
  • fleet managers
  • vehicle transporters.

Trade plates are special identifying plates that are attached to the rear of unregistered vehicles or trailers to permit them to be driven for certain approved purposes such as taking an unregistered vehicle for a test drive.

If your application is approved, you will be issued with a number known as a General Identification Mark and supplied with a trade plate bearing that number. One or more plates can be issued for each General Identification Mark, subject to limits imposed by the agency.

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 have a vehicle trade plate assigned, you must:

  • be a manufacturer, licensed vehicle tester, dealer, fleet owner or person engaged in the business of selling, modifying, repairing, altering or transporting vehicles before first registration
  • comply with the conditions subject to your appropriate qualifications
  • provide evidence to show that any applicable transport accident charge (TAC) has been paid for each trade plate
  • supply all the information required by the agency
  • pay the relevant fee.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this assignment that you must keep a record in a form approved by the agency that sets out the name and address of each person who uses a vehicle on which the general identification mark is displayed.


One year


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Act(s) name

Road Safety Act 1986 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2021 Victoria

Application process


You must lodge your application in the approved form accompanied by proof of eligibility and the required fee.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Planning


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