Roadworthy and safety certificates

how long does a roadworthy certificate last

In Queensland a roadworthy certificate is called a safety certificate.

A safety certificate is needed when a registered light vehicle is offered for sale in Queensland, or when re-registering an unregistered vehicle. It confirms that a vehicle has passed a minimum safety standard inspection.

Vehicles requiring a safety certificate are:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • trailers (including caravans) with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 750kg-3,500kg
  • any other vehicles up to 4,500kg gross vehicle mass (GVM).

This inspection covers the basics for the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:

  • tyres
  • brakes
  • steering
  • suspension
  • body rust or damage
  • windscreen
  • lights.

A safety certificate

inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection. If you are buying a used vehicle, you should contact a motoring group such as RACQ for a full mechanical inspection.

Getting a safety certificate

You must display a safety certificate 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'.

Approved inspection stations offer vehicle inspections. and are the only businesses in Queensland that can issue safety certificates.

Inspection fees—safety certificates


Category: Insurance

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