License a vehicle in Western Australia
Find out how to license a vehicle in Western Australia, including new and imported vehicles, Interstate and expired vehicle licences.
Licensing the vehicle
If you intend to license your vehicle in WA you must have the vehicle inspected and you must make application to license the vehicle.
Vehicles can only be licensed in WA if they are primarily kept in this State.
The vehicle cannot be driven on WA roads and the movement of the vehicle in WA prior to a WA vehicle licence being issued, will require the issue of a temporary movement permit.
All interstate vehicles, regardless of age of the vehicle, must be inspected at an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS) and issued with a valid certificate of inspection before they can be licensed in WA.
Step 1:Get the vehicle inspected
Before an application for the grant of a vehicle licence can be made, the vehicle must be inspected for roadworthiness.
Step 2:Complete an application (Form VL17)
Once the vehicle has successfully passed inspection, you must complete and submit an Application to License
Vehicle licence duty
Vehicle licence duty is payable on the dutiable value of the vehicle, including the value of any trade-in, unless evidence can be provided to show you were the previous licence holder of the vehicle. Please see the reverse side of the Application to License a Vehicle (Form VL17) form for more information on dutiable value.
To find out how much duty is payable, please use our vehicle licence duty calculator. Where vehicle licence duty is applicable, it is payable at the time of licensing.
Some people, organisations and vehicle types may be eligible for an exemption from payment of vehicle licence duty. Please refer to Concessions for more information.
Step 3:Provide proof of identity and vehicle ownership
Proof of identity
You will be required to provide one primary and one secondary identification document, one of which must show your WA residential address. Please see the below fact sheet 'Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or Photo Card)' for acceptable primary and secondary identification documents.
If you have not had a vehicle licensed in your name in WA before and do not have a WA driver's licence you will also need to complete a Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186).
If you are licensing the vehicle in the name of a company or incorporated body you will need to provide:
- Your Australian Company Number (ACN); or
- A 'Certificate of Registration of a Company' issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or any other certificate of incorporation; or
- Other evidence of legal entity status.
If your vehicle is jointly owned, only one owner can be nominated as the vehicle licence holder. This owner is to be nominated by completing the Proof of Identity Nominated Owner/Vehicle Licence Holder (Form VL186). Each joint owner must declare their details and sign this form. Please refer to Vehicle owner responsibilities for more information.
Proof of vehicle ownership
Licensing a vehicle in Western Australia (WA) that is currently in another state or territory requires the following proof of ownership:
Please bring along the original copy of one of the following documents if the vehicle has not been previously licensed in your name:
- A receipt showing purchase price, date of sale, vehicle details (including VIN, plate number or engine number), seller's and purchaser's name and seller's signature. Receipts and tax invoices must show 'paid in full' in order to be accepted as proof of vehicle ownership.
- Your copy of the Notification of change of ownership vehicle licence transfer (Form MR9 or Form MR9B), or the Application to Licence a Vehicle or Transfer a Vehicle Licence Motor Vehicle Dealers (Form VL12).
If you cannot provide any of the above documents, or the documents you have provided are incomplete, a completed Declaration of Vehicle Ownership (Form VL50) may be submitted for consideration by the Department of Transport. This will result in a delay of up to 21 days before the vehicle can be licensed.
Step 4:Submit the application in person (Form VL17)