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Safety Certificates         

A Safety Certificate is an inspection required when selling, transferring or newly registering a vehicle

in the state of Queensland.


M1 Safety Certificates are approved to carry out inspections on.


  • Cars
  • 4WD's
  • Motorcycles
  • Trucks (Light)
  • Trucks (Heavy)
  • Trailers (Light)
  • Trailers (Heavy)  
  • Caravans
  • Horse Floats   
  • Motor Homes   
  • 5th Wheelers
  • Pig Trailers
  • Dog Trailers
  • Scooters
  • Tricycles


How long does a Safety Certificate last?


Whichever one comes first from the date of issue.


         >   Private Seller:

  • 2 months or 2000kms

         >   Motor Dealer:

  • 3 months or 1000kms


When is a Safety Certificate needed?


You must display a Safety Certificate on any registered light vehicle, trailer or motorcycle in Queensland as soon as you offer it for sale.


Listing the vehicle for sale includes:


Online advertisments such as,, &


Public Area

Side of the road, public approved area

Driving with “Interested?” or “Buy Me”


Why do I need a Safety Certificate?


The Safety Certificate is designed to keep vehicles that are on the road safe to avoid accidents caused by un-roadworthy and defective vehicles. This offers the buyer protection when purchasing that the vehicle meets the minimum safety standards.


What vehicles must have a Safety Certificate?


In Queensland, you must obtain and display a valid Safety Certificate on any registered vehicle when it is offered for sale.


If you have moved from interstate to Queensland and require changing the registration from one state to another a Safety Certificate is required.


Unregistered vehicles including cars, motorbikes, trailers and trucks require a Safety Certificate for a New Registration Application.


A Safety Certificate Inspection covers the basics that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle.


  • Identification
  • Modifications
  • Seats & Restraints
  • Lights & Electrical Components
  • Windscreen & Windows
  • Body & Chassis
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Brake Components
  • Engines & Drivelines
  • Exhaust Emissions
  • Road Test
  • Service Brake Test
  • Hand Brake Test



When is a Safety Certificate not needed?


  • Unregistered vehicles
  • Traded into a licensed motor dealer
  • Traded between licensed motor dealers


Transferring a vehicle without a Safety Certificate


  • The disposer being in an exempt location
  • Beneficiary of a deceased estate between spouses (including separated spouses)
  • Remote locations

New Registration Application forms can be downloaded below.


Download: Transfer of Vehicle Registration Application

Download: Vehicle Registration Application


What is the difference between a Safety Certificate and a Pre-Purchase Inspection?


A Safety Certificate is a basic safety check in accordance with Queensland Transports Code of Practice. This is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle.


A Pre-Purchase Inspection is a comprehensive condition report of the vehicle. This report informs the potential buyer of exactly what they are purchasing.


A Safety Certificate is a check that the vehicle passes the minimum safety standards. There may still be issues with the vehicle that are not a direct safety issue that need to be addressed.


It is recommended to have a Pre-Purchase Inspection on any second hand vehicle purchase. It has saved many clients a lot of money and gives them peace of mind when purchasing their vehicles.



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