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|Victorian Boat Trailer Regulations|
|Caravan and Trailer Registration |
Definition of Light Trailer
A light trailer is any caravan or trailer that weighs less than 4.5 tonne aggregate trailer mass (ATM). ATM is the weight of the trailer plus the load capacity.
Register a light trailer
All light trailers over 200 kg ATM and all boat trailers other than exempt trailers must be registered to be used on the road.
A vehicle can only be registered in a single private name or in the name of an incorporated body. The minimum age at which a person may become the registered operator will vary depending on the type of vehicle:
light vehicle or trailer (4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass or less) - 17 years
motorcycle - 17 years and 9 months
heavy vehicle or trailer (Over 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass) - 18 years
Trailer Plate Requirements
Trailers manufactured before 1989 must have an identification number stamped into the drawbar. Any identification number format is acceptable.
Trailers manufactured after 1989 must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) stamped on a sustantial part of the trailer, eg. drawbar and a compliance plate displaying the following:
date of manufacture
aggregate trailer mass (in kg)
vehicle identification number
tyre and rim data (i.e. rim size, tyre size, load rating and recommended tyre pressure)
trailer model (if applicable)
the statement "This trailer was manufactured to comply with the applicable Australian Design Standards".
A roadworthy certificate is not required, but light trailers must be in a roadworthy condition.
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Does my trailer need to be inspected?
1. Trailers with 750kg ATM or less
Trailers with a ATM of 750kg or less do not need to be inspected. You will need to obtain and complete a Light Trailer Pack before attending an office to register your trailer. A Light Trailer Pack, or information regarding the technical standards for trailers, can be obtained by either:
calling VicRoads on 13 11 71 (Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.00pm, sat 8.30am - 2.00pm)
visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (please note you will still need to make an appointment to register your trailer)
printing the Light Trailer Pack [PDF 55kb, 6pp]
Once you have completed your form, you will need to make an appointment to register your trailer at any VicRoads Customer Service Centre.
2. Trailers greater than 750kg ATM
All trailers that weigh over 750kg ATM must be inspected. An appointment is required at all offices for an inspection.
Trailers exempt from registration
A trailer which is exempt from registration is one which:
is not used for business purposes, and
is not specifically constructed to carry a boat, and
weighs less than 200kg unladen, and
is not wider than the towing vehicle, and
is less than three metres in length, including the draw-bar and load.
Exempt trailers must display the same registration number as the towing vehicle. You can purchase an 'Exempt Trailer Plate' by:
calling VicRoads on 13 11 71 (Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.00pm, Sat 8.30am - 2.00pm). You can pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. You can pay by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.
pay the exempt trailer plate fee, refer to number plates fee
Exempt trailers may be registered upon request. Note: In many other States, including New South Wales and South Australia, all trailers require registration. If you intend towing your trailer interstate, it is recommended that you register it in Victoria before you travel.
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Where do I find information on trailer registration fees?
Refer to the following fees for information on:
Vehicle appointments and inspection fees
Vehicle registration fees
Number plate fees, including exempt trailer plate fees
What to bring when registering a trailer
evidence of ownership (a receipt or contract signed by the previous owner stating full name and address of both the new owner and previous owner and identifying the trailer by the vehicle identification number)
original evidence of identity documents
weighbridge ticket (if the trailer is over 750kg ATM and the weight is not listed on the compliance plate)
completed Light Trailer Pack (if the trailer is 750kg ATM or less).
Evidence of Identity
On the day you register the vehicle you will need to bring your current Victorian driver licence/permit. if you cannot provide this you will need to bring original evidence of identity documents. You must provide:
One primary evidence document (e.g. birth certificate or current passport), and
one secondary evidence document (e.g Medicare card, credit/account card, student identity card, bank statement), and
evidence of Victorian residence (if not indicated in the primary or secondary documents)
One of these documents must have your signature on it.
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