The current Compulsory Third Party Insurance (CTPI) Scheme is changing from 1 February 2020 to the Motor Accident Injuries (MAI) Scheme. Under the new scheme, Canberrans will receive better and fairer coverage for people who are injured in a motor accident. Find out more at https://www.act.gov.au/maic.
If you acquire, or become the operator of, an ACT registered vehicle, or trailer, you must apply to transfer the vehicle’s registration within 14 days. In addition to the prescribed registration fees, a transfer fee is payable. A late transfer penalty fee will be charged for applications made after the 14 days.
If you aren’t sure what you need to do to transfer the vehicle, use the Registration information and transfer guide to assess what paperwork, inspections, fees and/or any additional requirements you will require.
Access Canberra must confirm your identity prior to completing this transaction. If you do not hold, or cannot produce, your ACT Driver Licence, you may be required to provide full proof of identity and/or residency. Further information about identity requirements can be found on the proof of identity and residency page.
If you wish to add a secondary operator to a registration you will be required to provide proof of Identity/Residency for both operators. If both persons are not present for the transaction, an authority to act as an agent form (PDF 156KB) will need to be completed authorising the vehicle to be registered into the person’s name that is not present.
If you wish to register the vehicle into an organisational name (e.g. company or charity) you will be required to provide a company certificate and authorisation from a director to allowing the transaction to be performed.
Buying an ACT registered motor vehicle
All vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes and more than six years old, and all imported vehicles currently registered in the ACT with green or yellow compliance plates need to be inspected to ensure they are roadworthy before the registration transfer can be completed. This can be done at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume or by an authorised examiner in the ACT.
All imported vehicles with a magenta (purple) compliance plate whether from the ACT or another jurisdiction must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.
All imported vehicles from another jurisdiction to be established in the ACT with green or yellow compliance plates must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.
All imported and currently un-registered ACT vehicles with green or yellow compliance plates must be inspected at the Access Canberra Motor Vehicle Inspection Station at Hume.
For further information about booking an inspection refer to the Motor vehicle inspections page.
If the vehicle purchased has had a concession applied to the current registration period by the previous operator, you may be required to pay pro-rata registration fees. Payment of the pro-rata registration fees will be required for this period beginning on the date you acquired the vehicle