Safety Certificates

Mobile Safety Certificate inspections for Gold Coast and Surrounds 

Safety Certificate Gold Coast

What is a Safety Certificate?

A Safety Certificate is a roadworthy inspection.

One is required by law when selling, transferring or newly registering a vehicle in the state of Queensland.

How long does a Safety Certificate last?


         >   Private Seller:

  • 2 months or 2000kms

         >   Motor Dealer:

  • 3 months or 1000kms
For instance, if you (private seller) have a valid Safety Certificate issued on 4th July then it will expire 4th September.
Unless the vehicle has travelled more than 2000kms from the noted kms on the Safety Certificate.
It would then expire due to kilometres. It depends on which one comes first.
After that time has expired or distance travelled exceeded, a new inspection will be required.

Displaying your safety Certificate

Displaying your vehicle in Public Area

For example: A vehicle displayed FOR SALE on the side of the road. 

(Must be a public approved area)

Similarly, driving with “Interested?” or “Buy Me” on the windows

Digital Certificates

On the other hand, Digital Safety Certificates don’t need to be displayed on your vehicle when it is presented FOR SALE.

However, it must be able to produced by request from a potential buyer, buyer’s agent, The Police or a Qld transport inspector.

We will email you a printable PDF of the Safety certificate.

How to transfer ownership online

It may not be necessary to go into the Transport Customer Service Centre to transfer your registration.

In order to qualify, your transaction will require the following:

Firstly, a valid Digital Safety Certificate.

Secondly, the vehicle is registered in Queensland.

Finally, the vehicle is not being transferred into a company name.

If you tick all the above boxes you are most likely able to transfer the ownership over the internet.

The best part is that it is instant! 

No more worrying about whether the new owner has changed the registration over. 

Most importantly, now you can be in control and avoid the long wait at the Transport Department.


Why do I need a Safety Certificate?

The Safety Certificate is designed to keep vehicles that are on the road safe to avoid accidents caused by un-roadworthy and defective vehicles.

Consequently, this offers the buyer protection when purchasing that the vehicle meets the minimum safety standards.

However, it is recommended that all buyers have a Pre-Purchase Inspection completed. 


What vehicles must have a Safety Certificate?

In Queensland, you must obtain and display a valid Safety Certificate on any registered vehicle when it is offered for sale.

In addition, if you have moved from another state a Safety Certificate is required to register your vehicle in Queensland.

All unregistered vehicles require a Safety Certificate for a New Registration Application.

For example: unregistered cars, motorbikes, trailers and trucks.

What is covered in a Safety Certificate Inspection?

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

The inspection covers the basic operation of the vehicle. 

The above categories are inspected by the approved examiner.

As a result of the vehicle meeting the minimum standard a Safety Certificate is issued.


New Registration Application forms can be downloaded below.

Download: Transfer of Vehicle Registration Application

Download: Vehicle Registration Application

When is a Safety Certificate not needed?

Majority of vehicles do require a Safety Certificate when selling or transferring but there are some exemptions.

For instance:

  • Unregistered vehicles
  • Traded into a licensed motor dealer
  • Traded between licensed motor dealers
  • The disposer being in an exempt location
  • Beneficiary of a deceased estate between spouses (including separated spouses)
  • Remote locations

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How much does a safety certificate cost?

Inspection fees are set by Queensland Transport for fixed locations.

The pricing is subject to an annual due to CPI increase from July 1st of each year.  

For workshop Inspections at our A.I.S (Approved Inspection station) you are not charged a re-inspection fee.

However, the vehicle must be repaired and represented to us within in the 14 days required by TMR.

For mobile services the pricing may vary due to travel time and distance.

Therefore, call our friendly team on 1300 617 233  for a quote today.


Vehicle typeWorkshop Fee as at 1 July 2021Moblie Service fee
Motor vehicles up to 4.5t GVM$ 87.65Call for pricing in your area 1300 617 233
Trailers over 0.75t up to 3.5t ATM$ 43.90Call for pricing In your area 1300 617 233
Motorcycles$ 56.35Call for pricing in your area 1300 617 233

What is the difference between a Safety Certificate and a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

A Safety Certificate is a basic safety check in accordance with Queensland Transports Code of Practice.

Most importantly, this is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle.

A Pre-Purchase Inspection is a comprehensive condition report of the vehicle. This report informs the potential buyer of exactly what they are purchasing.

A Safety Certificate is a check that the vehicle passes the minimum safety standards. There may still be issues with the vehicle that are not a direct safety issue that need to be addressed.

It is recommended to have a Pre-Purchase Inspection on any second hand vehicle purchase. It has saved many clients a lot of money and gives them peace of mind when purchasing their vehicles.

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