Vehicle Identity Inspections
Information relating to vehicle identity inspections in
the Australian Capital Territory
Road transport and enforcement agencies
throughout Australia are working together on
a range of initiatives to reduce vehicle
theft. As a part of these processes, the ACT
has introduced a new inspection to check the
identity of vehicles that are in high risk
Rebirthing generally takes place in a state
or territory other than the one in which the
vehicle was stolen, and mainly involves late
model cars. It can also provide new
identities for vehicles that have been
imported into Australia duty free for
dismantling or other purposes and that are
not permitted to be registered here.
The vehicle identity inspection is in
addition to the roadworthy inspection that
is required when registering an interstate
registered or unregistered vehicle in the
ACT. You must obtain a roadworthy
inspection report before an identity
inspection can be conducted.
Which vehicles require a Vehicle Identity
identity inspection will be required if your
vehicle is used, less than or
equal to 10 years old and/or fits one of
the following categories.
Note: The 10 year requirement is based on
the year of Manufacture only – not
Is an interstate registered vehicle being registered in a
different name in the ACT;
You do not have any documentation for the vehicle to establish
Your vehicle does not have clear identifiers such as the vehicle
identification number (VIN) or engine
Your vehicle is a repairable write
off and was registered in the ACT at the
time it was written off.
Are there any exemptions to the above?
Yes, you do not require a Vehicle Identity
Inspection (unless indicated by an
Authorised Inspector) if:
The vehicle was bought or sold by a Licensed
Motor Vehicle Dealer or from an auction
house that also has a licence to operate as
a motor vehicle dealer (e.g Pickles or
In all cases the tax invoice must display
the seller’s licence number (e.g. LMVD, LVD,
Your vehicle is duty exempt
Your vehicle is being registered in the same
name or names as the previous state.
How will I know if my vehicle needs to be inspected?
You will be told if an identity inspection
is required when you apply to register the
vehicle or transfer its registration, or
when the vehicle is undergoing its
What does the inspection cost?
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Where can the inspection be done?
Identity inspections are conducted by
specially trained government inspectors and
can only be done at the Vehicle Inspection
Station operated by Road User Services in
Dickson. To make a booking for a vehicle
identity inspection, phone 13 22 81.
What do I need to bring with me to the
For all identity inspections, the vehicle
operator is required to bring the following:
Driver licence or alternative primary
proof of identity;
Proof of acquisition; and
Certificate of Inspection
identity inspection is for a vehicle that
was registered in the ACT at the time it was
declared a repairable written-off vehicle, the following additional
information is required:
Where the vehicle has been individually
constructed, the following additional
information is required:
Receipts for the build of the vehicle