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Key info

  • A trade plate allows the use of unregistered vehicles on public streets.
  • As part of your application you must have your premises inspected by a transport safety and investigation officer (TSIO).
  • To arrange an inspection, please call TSIO Team Leader on (03) 6166 3168.
  • You will be sent a renewal notice to renew your trade plate.
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    About applying for or renewing a trade plate

    Trade plates come with a certificate that allows the owner to use the trade plate for 12 months.

    If the owner of a trade plate changes the location of the premises where the trade plate was registered to, the new premises must be inspected.

    Trade plates cannot be transferred to a new business owner. The new business owner must make a new application.

    For information on who can use a trade plate vehicle, please visit Transport Services.

    How to apply or renew

    What you need to apply or renew

    To apply you must:

    • have an application form (PDF, 516KB)
    • arrange for an inspection of your premises by a TSIO by calling (03) 6166 3168
    • have the application form completed by the TSIO at the inspection
    • take the completed application form to a service centre
    • provide your current Tasmanian driver licence or proof of identity documents
    • provide an authority letter for a body corporate
    • pay a fee.

    To renew a trade plate that expired less than 3 months ago, you must:

    • provide the renewal notice that was sent to you, or
    • provide your current Tasmanian driver licence or proof of identity documents, and
    • pay a fee.

    To renew a trade plate that expired more than 3 months ago, you must visit a service centre and follow the 'apply' process. You do not need another inspection if the premises is the same.

    Can I apply or renew?

    You can apply if you are:

    • 16 years or over, or
    • a body corporate, such as a company or an incorporated association, or
    • a government department, or
    • a government authority, and
    • you can provide proof of a Tasmanian garage address.

    Proving your identity

    To prove your identity you must show at least:

    • One category A document and 2 category B documents, or
    • Two category A documents and one category B document.

    These documents must:

    • show your current Tasmanian address
    • be the originals (not photocopies or certified copies)
    • be in English or provided with an English translation from an accredited translator.

    • Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate)
    • Australian citizenship papers
    • Australian passport (can be expired up to 2 years)
    • Overseas passport or visa (can be expired up to 2 years if accompanied by a current Australian visa)
    • Australian photo driver licence (can be expired up to 2 years)
    • Australian firearms licence
    • Tasmanian Government personal information card (showing your full name)
    • Department of Home Affairs travel documents or Australian Government issued Immicard
    • Department of Home Affairs certificate of evidence of resident status.

    • Medicare card
    • Bank or credit card, with signature
    • Student identity card with photo, issued by an Australian educational institution
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs or Centrelink - pensioner concession or other current entitlement card issued by the Australian Government
    • Births, Deaths and Marriages change of name/marriage certificate (not a church or celebrant document) or deed poll
    • High risk work licence issued by WorkSafe Tasmania
    • Government issued working with vulnerable people or children card.

    If you have changed your address or name

    If your name or address is incorrect on your licence or any documents you use to prove your identity, you must show proof of:

    • your address, and/or
    • change of name documents.

    To show proof of change of address you must provide one of the following documents:

    • financial institution statement
    • lease or rent agreement
    • council rate notice
    • utility account (electricity, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
    • land tax valuation notice
    • Australian Taxation Office assessment (current or last financial year)
    • certificate of title.

    To show proof of change of name you must provide one of the following documents:

    • adoption paper issued by court
    • divorce paper issued by court, showing your original name
    • change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages or deed poll
    • guardianship order
    • marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (not a church or celebrant issued document).

    Body corporate (a company or an incorporated association)

    At least one of the documents from the section below must be provided. Additional documents may also be required to prove the current:

    • residential address
    • garage address
    • change of name of the body corporate.

    • Certificate of registration with an Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
    • Extract of company with ACN
    • Certificate of registration of foreign company with Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN)
    • Certificate of incorporation
    • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which it was established.

    • Certificate of registration of change of name with an ACN
    • Written authorisation on letterhead by the issuing authority, stating the Act under which established.

    If you cannot provide the required identity documents, please contact us on 1300 135 513.

    How much it costs

    TypeFee

    First issue of trade plate

    $372.55

    Renewal of trade plate

    $353

    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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    More Information

    Please visit Transport Services for more information on applying for or renewing a trade plate.