Roadworthy Certificates

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Roadworthy Certificates Queensland

What is a Roadworthy Certificate?

In November 1999, Queensland Roadworthy Certificates were renamed Queensland Safety Certificates.

They are essentially the same thing.

However, it can cause some confusion due to some states still referring to similar inspections as a Roadworthy Certificate. 

How long does a Roadworthy/Safety Certificate last?

A Roadworthy Certificate lasts for: 

         >   Private Seller:

  • 2 months or 2000kms

         >   Motor Dealer:

  • 3 months or 1000kms
In the instance of a private sale, if the vehicle exceeds 2000kms from noted kms on the Certificate it becomes invalid.
Consequently, a new Roadworthy Certificate is required.

When do I need a Roadworthy Certificate?

You need a Roadworthy Certificate any time you register or transfer a registered motor vehicle.

Most importantly, prior to listing your vehicle online you are required to have a valid Roadworthy Certificate.

For Instance: Online advertising platforms



Note: Paper copy Roadworthy certificate holders

For example: if you are displaying the vehicle FOR SALE on the side of the road, you must display the Blue copy of the Safety Certificate.

This includes approved public areas.

Also, Driving with “Interested?” or “Buy Me” requires the displayed certificate.

Failing to do so could result in a fine of $560 issued by Queensland Transport.

Why do I need a Roadworthy Certificate?

The Roadworthy Certificate is designed to keep vehicles that are on the road in safe working order.

Additionally, it can help you understand the repairs and maintenance required for your vehicle.

It also, offers the buyer protection when purchasing that the vehicle meets the minimum safety standards.

Most noteworthy, in the event of an accident, your vehicle may not be covered by insurance if it is deemed unroadworthy.

What vehicles must have a Roadworthy Certificate?

A Safety Certificate covers only the basics operation of the vehicle.

A Roadworthy Certificate Inspection covers only the basics that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle.

Note: A roadworthy certificate doesn’t mean you have purchased a good vehicle.

In other words, it means it’s passed the minimum requirement to be driven on Queensland roads at the time of inspection.

You may still need to carry out servicing and repairs on the vehicle.

Therefore, it is also recommended the you get a much thorough inspection carried out known as a Pre-Purchase Inspection

The categories that are checked  fo roadworthiness are:

  • Identification
  • Modifications
  • Seats & Restraints
  • Lights & Electrical 
  • Windscreen & Windows
  • Body & Chassis
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Brake Components
  • Engines & Drivelines
  • Exhaust Emissions
  • Road Test
  • Service Brake Test
  • Hand Brake Test

If the vehicle complies in all of these areas in accordance to the Code of Practice then the Safety Certificate is issued.


What happens if it doesn’t pass on the first inspection

Not to worry. 

Queensland Transport allows you 14 days from the first inspection date to have the defects repaired.

Once the repairs are completed we can issue the Roadworthy Certificate. 

Most importantly, the repairs must be completed in accordance to the Code of Practice.

What do I need to do if my car is unregistered?

Firstly, you need at least Compulsory Third Party Insurance on the vehicle

Secondly, a copy of the Department of Transport’s New Registration Application Form signed by the owner.

New Registration Application (F3520) Forms can be downloaded from Queensland Transport’s website.

Download: Transfer of Vehicle Registration Application

Download: Vehicle Registration Application

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