Historic vehicle

Conditional registration

Non-complying vehicles are only offered conditional registration if it is safe to do so and a complying vehicle cannot perform the function.

The following factors are considered when deciding an Application for Conditional Registration and the conditions that are applied to the registration:

  • The nature and extent of any failure of the vehicle to meet applicable vehicle standards
  • The safety of:
    • The vehicle operator
    • The vehicle’s passengers (if any)
    • The vehicle mixing with other normal complying vehicles
    • The vehicle mixing with pedestrians
  • Time of day or night of operation
  • Special considerations relating to the area of operation (if any).

Note: Operators of oversize and overmass vehicles must also comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. For more information contact Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371 for intrastate permits, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 for interstate permits.

Driver licence

Appropriate to the type of historic vehicle being driven.

Vehicle requirements

Applications must be accompanied by a Historic Vehicle Declaration.

Historic plant vehicles are exempt from essential equipment requirements.

For more information, see Historic vehicles policy and Roads and Maritime Services recognised historic vehicle clubs.

Equipment requirements

  • All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified  in Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2007
Equipment Daylight / floodlit use 24 hour use
Amber rotating beacon No No
Brake and turn lights
Turn lights only required if the vehicle was manufactured with them
Yes Yes
Headlights, tail and number plate lights Yes Yes
Rear reflectors Yes Yes
Rear and side reflective tape No No
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes Yes
Horn Yes Yes


Condition Code

Use only in conjunction with authorised club event or maintenance

The name of the Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club

Classic Vehicle Log Book – May be used for 60 days per year subject to log book conditions.
Note: Only applies to operators choosing to participate in the Log Book Trial

GO94 + free text

Free text

Registered operator must be a member of an authorised motoring club OL3
Steering failure warning device/ sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with hydraulic steering.
Left-hand drive – left-hand drive sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicles with GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes with left-hand drive steering fitted
Dual controls – dual control vehicle sign required
Note: Only applies to vehicle with dual controls fitted.

Roads and Maritime Services office use

Code Type Code
Vehicle shape BUS / CYC / CYS / SED / COU / WAG / SBS
Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Conditional registration:

Unregistered Vehicle Permit:

Registration usage PRIV / PNSR
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