It is law in Victoria that you cannot drive an unregistered car – your best bet is to have it transported by a quality Towing Company like Towing Melbourne. With that said, you can drive an unregistered car if you obtain an Unregistered Vehicle Permit, or the vehicle is exempt from registration. A vehicle can be exempt from registration if it is impractical for the time-period in question. Unregistered Vehicle Permits are generally used for short-term use.

Reasons, why you would apply for an Unregistered Vehicle Permit, might include:

  • You require to move the vehicle from 2 locations one a one-off basis
  • Your vehicle is a rally car that needs to be driven on public roads temporarily
  • Your vehicle is a Carnival Float
  • You require heavy machinery (such as construction machinery) to cross or operate on roads and they don’t typically meet standard road laws

The following steps need to be followed by Victorian motorists looking to apply for an Unregistered Vehicle Permit.

Step 1: Declare Your Vehicle’s Condition

When applying for an Unregistered Vehicle Permit in Victoria, you will have to make sure that your vehicle is in adequate condition and declare that it is safe to drive on roads and highways. Your vehicle will also have to be currently unregistered before you apply for a UVP.

In addition to this, your vehicle must also Not be:

  • Recorded as stolen
  • Suspended due to safety issues that are currently not repaired
  • Listed as a statutory write-off

Step 2: Get the Required Details & Paperwork Ready

When applying for an Unregistered Vehicle Permit in Victoria, you need to provide certain details about your unregistered car as well as personal information such as your address.

For your vehicle, you will need to provide:

  • Its year of manufacture
  • Its make & model
  • Its body type
  • Its colour
  • Its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), chassis or engine number

You will also need to provide personal details including:

  • Your full name and address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • The address of your vehicle’s garage


Step 3: Decide on What Unregistered Vehicle Permit You Require

When choosing your UVP, options include:

  • Preparation for Registration

You will have to obtain a Certificate of Roadworthiness, a Vehicle Identity Validation Certificate, Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme Approval Certificate and make any necessary repairs.

  • Tracked Vehicles

These include all-terrain vehicles like snowmobiles that don’t typically fit under standard road requirements.

  • Single Trip or Journey

As the name implies, this short-term permit is for driving a vehicle from one location to another as a one-off event. For example, requiring a rally car to be presented or driven at an event interstate and thus needing a UVP to drive it to the location,

  • Construction Vehicles

Heavy machinery such as construction-based vehicles won’t typically comply with standard road laws, and so when they need to operate or crossroads, a UVP will be obtained.

Step 4: Apply for Your UVP

You can obtain your UVP for ‘Single Trip or Journey’ and ‘Preparation for Registration’ type permits here.

Step 5: Remove Registration Plates and Present Your UVP on Your Vehicle

Before driving with a UVP, you must remove your registration plates.

You can place your UVP on your vehicle:

  • To the left or rear side of your vehicle
  • To any fixed window
  • The lower left or near side of the front windscreen window


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