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Key info

  • You can upgrade the registration of your heavy vehicle for a short time to allow it to tow heavy trailers.
  • You can upgrade for a minimum of one day and a maximum of 90 days.
  • The total weight of your heavy vehicle and trailer must not be more than the vehicle manufacturer's gross combination mass rating.
  • Your vehicle must have a current registration and you must visit a service centre to apply.
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    About applying for a temporary upgrade permit for a heavy vehicle

    If your current heavy vehicle class of registration does not allow you to tow a heavy trailer, you can temporarily upgrade it to allow you to do so.

    You must also check the vehicle configuration section on the application form to see if you need a modification approval before a temporary upgrade permit is issued.

    How to apply

    What you need to apply

    If the vehicle is registered in your name, you must:

    • have a signed application form (PDF, 640KB)
    • provide your current Tasmanian licence or proof of identity documents
    • pay a fee.

    If the vehicle is registered in someone else's name, you must also provide:

    • a letter of authority from the registered owner clearly stating that you have permission act on their behalf
    • a copy of the registered owner's current Tasmanian licence or proof of identity documents.

    Can I apply?

    You can apply if the vehicle is registered in:

    • your name
    • someone else's name and they have given you written authority
    • a company name and the company has given you written authority on company letterhead.

    You cannot apply for a temporary upgrade for a vehicle that is not currently registered.

    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

    To find out how much you need to pay, please visit Transport Services.

    Payment options

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    More Information

    • You must pay the difference between the current registration category cost and the temporary upgrade category cost, for the number of days that you need the permit.

    Please visit Transport Services for more information on applying for a temporary upgrade permit for a heavy vehicle.