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Safety Certificate Facts

What is a Safety Certificate?

A safety Certificate also known as a Roadworthy is issued after a vehicle passes a minimum safety standard inspection. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:

  • Tyres
  • Brake Components
  • Steering
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Body Rust or Damage
  • Windscreen and Windows
  • Lights – indicators, brake, reversing, fog, headlights and dash lights.
  • Oil leaks
  • Seats and Restraints
  • Hoodling
  • Modifications
  • Engine and Driveline

The Safety Certificate offers buyers better protection and makes sure vehicles being offered for sale or being re-registered are safe.

Note- A safety certificate inspection is not a comprehensive mechanical inspection of a vehicle.

When do you need a Safety Certificate?

You have to display a safety certificate on any registered light vehicle from the moment you offer the vehicle for sale, including when you:

  • List the vehicle for sale online
  • Place the vehicle in public offering for sale
  • Drive the vehicle with a for sale sign displayed

You are required to obtain and display a safety certificate on a registered vehicle when it is being offered for sale, even when you plan on cancelling the registration when the vehicle is sold.


Displaying Safety Certificates:

Safety Certificates must be displayed in a very obvious place, for example:

  • Car- Windscreen or Window
  • Trailer- Draw Bar
  • Motorcycle- Front Forks or Guard

You may get a $550.00 fine if you do not display a safety certificate on the vehicle from the moment you offer it for sale.


When is a Safety Certificate not needed?

Vehicles that are unregistered and selling as is do not need a safety certificate, but will need a safety certificate to be registered.

Transferring a vehicle without a safety certificate-

You do not need a safety certificate if the vehicle meets one of Queensland Transports exemption criteria. Some exemption situations may include:

  • The disposer being exempt area
  • A beneficiary of a deceased estate
  • Between spouses, including separated spouses
  • Remote locations

How long is a Safety Certificate current for?

The time a safety certificate is valid for varies depending who is selling the vehicle:

  • Licensed motor dealers- certificates are valid for 3 months or 1000 KM (Whichever comes first) from the date issued.
  • All other Sellers- Certificates are valid for 2 months or 2000KM (Whichever comes first) from the date issued.

The same safety certificate can be used to register an unregister vehicle and to transfer the registration of that vehicle, provided it is within the limits set above.

A new safety certificate is need each time you sell the vehicle even if it is within the limits above. A single safety certificate cannot be used for 2 transfers.

Display The DARK BLUE safety certificate label when selling

Always use the light blue safety certificate in Queensland Transport.