Get a temporary movement permit
A temporary movement permit allows you to move an unlicensed vehicle to be inspected for the purposes of licensing or repairs before licensing. Find out more about temporary movement permits and how to get one.
You can get a temporary movement permit in three ways:
- Light vehicle owners can buy a temporary movement permit online provided they have a Western Australian Driverís licence.
Light and heavy vehicle owners can also:
- Call 13 11 56, or;
- Visit one of our Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agents to get a temporary movement permit.
When you contact us:
- Ensure you have your vehicle's engine number, chassis number and plate number (if still attached) ready and
- You must have the details of travel for the permit; including your point of departure, intended streets and suburbs and your destination. Also note whether the vehicle will be driven or towed.
- You make cheques or money orders payable to the 'Department of Transport'.
How to find the engine number and VIN
A light vehicle is one that is less than 4,500 kg gross vehicle mass/aggregate in weight. This includes vehicles such as motorcycles, motor cars, utes, vans, trailers, caravans, small trucks and small buses.
The engine number is stamped on the engine block. You should also be able to find the engine number on the licence papers, purchase paperwork or the vehicle's insurance policy.
Depending on the age, make and model of the vehicle, the VIN may be found on one of the following:
- the dashboard,
- compliance plate,
- door pillar, or
- chassis rail.
You should also be able to find the VIN on the licence papers, purchase paperwork, owner's manual or the vehicle insurance policy.
Vehicle permit and modification fees
|Temporary movement permits (except trailers and caravans)||$30.40 [^]|
|Temporary movement permits (trailers, caravans, invalid wheel chairs)||$25.00 [^]|
|Vehicle modification permit||$74.20|
A temporary movement permit is a Motor Injury Insurance (MII) policy that may be issued only for the purpose of allowing an unlicensed vehicle to be driven or towed on a road for the purposes below:
- An agricultural vehicle to a farm or agricultural property and to remain on that property.
- An agricultural vehicle to or from the nearest place where repairs may be made.
- An unlicensed vehicle to another Jurisdiction for licensing. The client should be advised to check the validity of the WA temporary movement permit in other Jurisdictions.
- A tractor for display or demonstration to and from an agricultural or industrial field day.
- A vehicle currently licensed in another Jurisdiction that has been purchased by a resident of Western Australia. The permit is only to be issued for the purposes of repairs and/or licensing.
- A vehicle to a place of repair with the intention of licensing the vehicle.
- A vehicle for display or demonstration to agricultural shows.
- A vehicle to an Authorised Inspection Station for inspection.
- Road testing of vehicles limited to repairers licensed under the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003; or
- Road testing of vehicles by vehicle examiners as defined in the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012.
How long is a temporary permit valid?
Temporary movement permits are only valid for 48 hours from the nominated start time. The temporary movement permit can be modified up to the start time of the permit.
After the permit has commenced, you cannot change the start time of the permit. However, the journey details of the permit (i.e. the intended streets and destination) can be modified after the permit has started.
Modifying a temporary movement permit
To make a modification to your temporary movement permit (light vehicles only), click the button below, enter your driverís licence details and modify your existing permit.
Alternatively, you can either call the DVS Customer Contact Centre on 13 11 56 or visit a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre or regional DoT office or agent.
Conditions of a temporary movement permit
Any conditions or limitations of use that have been endorsed on the permit by the issuing officer must be complied with.
A temporary movement permit cannot be issued for:
- An unlicensed motor vehicle that is being moved for parts or wrecking.
- Caravans and trailers being moved from site to site or being taken to or from a holiday resort.
- Once only movement of a boat jinker, or
- Overwidth and/or over length caravans and boat trailers.
The permit provides personal injury and death liability cover to the owner and any person who drives the motor vehicle as a result of an accident involving the vehicle for which the permit is issued. It may also provide cover for care and support if a person is catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle crash in Western Australia after the introduction of the expanded motor injury insurance cover, whether or not there is any negligence on the part of any driver, subject to the provisions of the relevant legislation.
It does not provide cover in respect of damage to property including the vehicle itself. If insurance of this type is required, it must be arranged separately with private insurers.
It does not provide cover in respect of leaving an unlicensed vehicle (operational or not) on the road reserve or on a carriageway, public roadway, footway or park.
It is an offence to leave or park an unlicensed vehicle (operational or not) on the road reserve or on a carriageway, public roadway, footway or park and these vehicles will usually be impounded, if not removed in a timely manner.
An unlicensed vehicle permit (UVP) may be issued for:
- A vehicle to be entered in a rally.
- A rally support vehicle.
- A motorcycle to be entered into an enduro event.
- Over dimensional vehicles and equipment used in the agricultural, industrial or mining industries that is not eligible to be licensed as Class B vehicles.
- Any vehicle that is over weight on axles and is not eligible to be licensed as a Class C vehicle.
- Any other vehicle that does not comply with the requirements for licensing.
- Any other vehicle that is designed primarily for recreational, sporting or related purposes.
The UVP is valid for a period of between 60 hours and 12 months depending on the intended use of the vehicle.
Conditions of use
The operator of the vehicle issued with an UVP is obliged to comply with the conditions listed on the permit in addition to any conditions endorsed by the issuing officer.
A vehicle issued with a UVP should not carry a load on a road unless the goods are the property of the owner of the vehicle and are not for sale or disposal. For example, goods that can be carried include boats on trailers and goods carried in caravans, display vehicles, etc.
Applying for an unlicensed vehicle permit
An application for an unlicensed vehicle permit (UVP) must be completed and lodged at the Vehicle Safety and Standards at least 14 days before the permit is required.
All applications are looked at on a case-by-case basis and may be refused subject to the CEO's determination.
|Street address||Postal address||Telephone||Fax|
|Department of Transport,
Vehicle Safety and Standards,
34 Gillam Drive,
Kelmscott WA 6111
A vehicle subject to a temporary movement permit should not carry a load on a road unless the goods are the property of the owner of the vehicle and are not for sale or disposal. For example, goods that can be carried include boats on trailers and goods carried in caravans, display vehicles, etc.
It is not compulsory for a vehicle that is subject to a temporary movement permit to display number plates.
Owners of vehicles that do not have number plates must quote the chassis/vehicle identification number to the issuing officer so that the vehicle may be positively identified on the temporary movement permit and may be checked by either the police or an examiner as necessary.
WA temporary movement permits are valid for use through SA and the NT up to the expiry date of the temporary movement permit. Vehicles with a current temporary movement permit are also covered for Motor Injury Insurance (MII) by the Insurance Commission of Western Australia while the vehicle is travelling within these Jurisdictions.
Drivers are no longer required to obtain a new permit at the WA/SA or WA/NT border to continue their journey unless the temporary movement permit is likely to expire during the journey. If the temporary movement permit expires, the Motor Injury Insurance (MII) cover also expires. The vehicle then cannot be driven on any road without a subsequent permit being issued.
The driver must present the temporary movement permit to SA or NT authorities if they are asked to do so, or else they may be charged with driving an unlicensed vehicle. This has implications for clients applying for a temporary movement permit over the phone. These clients will need to wait for the temporary movement permit to be posted to them or alternatively they will have to attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent and apply for the temporary movement permit in person.
The process described here does not apply to any other Australian Jurisdictions other than SA and the NT.
|Insurance Commission of Western Australia|
All interstate vehicle permits authorising the use of a vehicle on a road will be recognised in WA, provided the holder is not ordinarily resident in WA. This includes any type of permit issued by an interstate authority, such as;
- Club permits issued to vintage and veteran vehicles.
- Rally permits.
- Short term permits.
- Temporary movement permits.
- Unregistered vehicle permits.
This does not include access permits for vehicles over statutory mass or dimension limits. Please contact Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services on 138 486 for details of permit requirements (see also link below).
Where the person responsible for a vehicle is a resident of WA, an interstate permit will not be recognised. A WA Temporary Movement Permit will be required to move an unlicensed vehicle.
|Main Roads WA: Heavy vehicles|
There are numerous privately operated Authorised Inspection Stations (AIS) that can undertake vehicle inspections. These may be found in metropolitan and regional areas. You will need to book and pay the inspection fee directly with that station.
- If you vehicle is unlicensed (unregistered) you will need a Temporary Movement Permit to drive the vehicle to the inspection location and to permit the vehicle examiner to road test the vehicle.
- Personal imports must be inspected by the Department of Transport. Please contact Vehicle Operations on 1300 776 065.
- Personal imports cannot be inspected at an AIS.