SAFETY CERTIFICATE/ROADWORTHY FAQS
Offering peace of mind, you can rest assured that we are a certified inspection station.
GAS CERTIFICATES (Please read before calling)
We DO NOT offer gas certificates. But below are options for gas certificates for car, caravan, and trailers:
All Cylinder Testing (Heath) – Mobile Service – 0434 447 427
Wedmaier’s Garage – Riverview – 3282 1941
Gas Spark – Raceview (they also offer a mobile service) – 3282 8622
Vehicle safety inspection fees are as follows (current as of 1st July 2021):
- Motor Vehicle up to 4.5t GVM – $87.65
- CL (Uber, etc) Motor Vehicle up to 4.5t GVM – $89.20
- Trailers over 0.75t up to 3.5t ATM – $43.90
- Motor Vehicle over 4.5t up to 16t GVM – $125.20
If you drive for Uber, Ola, GoShare, or other rideshare systems, we are authorised to carry out Light Vehicle COI (CL) Inspections (4.5t GVM or less).
When is a Queensland safety certificate needed?
- a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or
- transferring registration to a new owner, or
- when transferring to Queensland registration from another state or territory, or
- when re-registering an unregistered vehicle.
Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:
- trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) between 750kg and 3,500kg
- any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).
This inspection covers the basic vehicle safety standards for many components including:
- body rust or damage
The Vehicle Inspection Guidelines explain how a safety certificate inspection is performed and the reasons a vehicle may fail an inspection.
A safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection on the quality of life expectancy of a vehicle. If you are buying a used vehicle, we recommend you carry out a pre-purchase inspection which can be done by us through the RACQ for a Master Mechanical inspection.
There are, however, some situations when a safety certificate is not needed. Follow this link for more information.
Getting a safety certificate
You must obtain a safety certificate before offering a registered vehicle for sale or disposing of a registered vehicle, other than to a dealer.
Approved inspection stations (AIS) offer vehicle inspections and are the only businesses in Queensland that can issue safety certificates. An AIS will give you either an electronically issued certificate or a handwritten certificate.
Electronically issued certificates don’t need to be displayed on your vehicle when it is listed for sale, however, you must be able to produce it if requested by a buyer, a buyer’s agent, police officer, or transport inspector. The AIS will email you a PDF or you can request a printed copy of the certificate.
If you obtain a handwritten safety certificate, you must display the certificate (or the blue cover label) on a registered light vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale, including when you:
- list the vehicle for sale online
- display that it is for sale in public
- drive the car with a sign in the window offering it for sale, including wording such as ‘Buy me or interested?—Ph 1234 5678’.
Getting a safety certificate for an unregistered vehicle
Find out more about the requirements to drive your unregistered vehicle to be registered, which includes getting your safety certificate.
Driving your motor vehicle to be registered
If your vehicle is currently registered in another state or territory and the number plate/s are attached, you have 14 days to register your vehicle in Queensland and may be fined if you don’t. This will allow you time to get a safety certificate or certificate of inspection and then register your vehicle at a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.
If your vehicle is unregistered and you need to drive on the road to register it, you cannot legally drive unless you are carrying a CTP insurance certificate. Any number plate/s on the vehicle must be removed, you may be fined if you don’t. This will allow you to drive your vehicle to get a safety certificate or certificate of inspection and then to a transport and motoring customer service centre. If you live in a rural area you can visit a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services—please call to confirm before visiting.
It is acceptable for you to drive the vehicle back to its garaging address if it is not possible to register the vehicle on that day due to insufficient time or to get other registration requirements that were not able to be obtained.
Towing your motor vehicle on a trailer to be registered
If you are towing your vehicle on a trailer to be registered, you can pay for your CTP insurance when you register your vehicle.
Displaying a safety certificate
Handwritten safety certificates (or the blue cover label) must be displayed in an obvious area, such as:
motorcycle – on the front forks or guard
car – on the windscreen or window
trailer – on the drawbar.
When displayed, all information written on the certificate (or blue cover label) must be able to be seen clearly from outside the vehicle.
You can be fined over $560 if you don’t clearly display a handwritten safety certificate (or the blue cover label) on a vehicle—from the moment you offer it for sale.
Electronically issued safety certificates don’t need to be displayed on your vehicle when you list it for sale. However, you must have already obtained it and be able to produce it if requested by a buyer, buyer’s agent, police officer or transport inspector. This could be printed, or via an electronic method like your smartphone, tablet or computer.
How long are safety certificates valid?
The time a safety certificate is valid depends on who is selling the vehicle:
licensed motor dealers—certificates are valid for 3 months or 1,000km (whichever comes first) from the date of issue
all other sellers—certificates are valid for 2 months or 2,000km (whichever comes first) from the date of issue.
You can use the same safety certificate to register an unregistered vehicle and then transfer the registration, as long as you do this within the limits set out previously.
You will need to get a new safety certificate every time you sell a vehicle, even if you sell it within the limits set out previously. A single safety certificate can be used for 1 transfer only.
When is a safety certificate not needed?
Selling a vehicle without a safety certificate
Vehicles that are unregistered or are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers do not need a safety certificate. Vehicles can still be sold for parts but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale.
Transferring a vehicle without a safety certificate
You do not need a safety certificate if the vehicle meets 1 of the exemption criteria. Some exemption situations may include:
the disposer being in an exempt area
a beneficiary of a deceased estate
between spouses (including separated married couples and registered partners – until such time that the divorce or application to end the registered relationship is finalised)
For more information on safety certificate exemptions, call the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.