Queensland Safety Certifcates

by Andrew Automoto22. November 2013 11:42

In Queensland the laws are very strict about Safety Certificates (roadworthy) on vehicles that are up for sale, or that are being re-registered for the first time or from interstate.

 In Queensland if you are planning on selling your vehicle you need to display a safety certificate on a clearly visible part of the vehicle, from the moment it goes on sale, either on the internet, in the paper, in your front yard or if you’re driving it around with a “For Sale” sign, it must display the safety certificate, not displaying a safety certificate can result in $560 on the spot fine.

 If you have a vehicle registered in another state or that has been un-registered for more than 3 months or are registering the vehicle for the first time they will all need to pass a safety inspection and receive a safety certificate before they can be registered.A safety certificate lasts for 1 month or 2000km if it is for private use, or 2 months 1000km if it is for a dealership.

There are a few situations where a safety certificate is not needed these are

  •          Trade in’s or if a vehicle is traded between a licenced dealership
  •          If the vehicle is sold for parts, and has been de-registered before going on sale
  •          If you are inheriting the vehicle from a deceased estate
  •          Trading ownership between spouses, including separated couples.
  •          If you live in a remote area where the seller is exempt if it is to hard for them to get to a Safety inspection centre


Queensland does not have periodic safety inspections however there is a team that do random emissions inspections, where a driver may be fined or made to pass a safety inspection if their vehicle is not within the legal guidelines or emits visible smoke.


For more information on your states Roadworthy laws see:

- Australia Capital Territory Registration and Roadworthy laws

- New South Wales inspection Blue slips/pink slips laws

- Northern Territory registration and roadworthy laws

- South Australia Roadworthy laws

- Tasmania Road Worthy laws

- Victoria registration and roadworthy laws

- Western Australian Roadworthy laws

Or visit  your local service centre or authorised dealer at: