In Queensland a safety certificate is needed when:
- Selling a currently registered light vehicle
- Transferring registration to a new owner
- When re registering a vehicle, which is currently registered in another state
- When re registering a currently unregistered vehicle
This inspection covers the basic vehicle safety standards for many components including:
- Steering components
- Suspension components
- Chassis & structural rust
- Wiper blades
Links for guidelines
- Inspection guidelines – https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Vehicle-standards-and-modifications/Vehicle-modifications/Vehicle-Inspection-Guidelines
Getting a safety certificate?
An approved inspection station must be used to obtain a safety certificate (Just Autos) and a full inspection must be carried out. Usual inspections times can take up to 1 hour sometimes longer depending on vehicle. At Just Autos we can carry out light vehicle inspection up to 4.5 tonne GVM and trailers over 750kg and up to 3500kg, trailers under 750kg can be carried out by carrying out a self-inspection and filling out the self-inspection form from Queensland department of transport.
How long are safety certificates valid?
The time a safety certificate is valid depends on who is selling the vehicle, private seller will be valid for 2 months or 2000km (whatever comes first) if bought from a licensed dealer they last for 1000km or 3 months
When is a safety certificate not needed?
A safety certificate is not required when selling a vehicle that is unregistered
Transferring a vehicle without a safety certificate
You do not need a safety certificate if the vehicle meets 1 of the exemption criteria. Some exemption situations may include:
- The seller being in an exempt area
- The beneficiary of the deceased estate
- Between spouses and family members