Registration ACT

Renew registration Canberra

Residents in the ACT must renew registration of their vehicles every 12 months. As in all states except NSW, MAI (was CTP) insurance is included in your registration. Insurers in the ACT charge premiums based on vehicle class, for example, passenger vehicle, taxi, bus, motorcycle etc.

It’s quite simple to renew registration. First, you receive a courtesy reminder before the expiry date of your vehicle registration. To receive this by email you need to maintain your contact details online. Second, you can renew registration online, at Australia Post or at an Access Canberra location:

  • Belconnen
  • Gungahlin
  • Tuggeranong
  • Woden

Specialised or appointment only:

  • Dickson
  • Holder
  • Hume
  • Mitchell

Remember, you can renew an ACT registered vehicle anytime until it has been expired for 12 months. After this the registration lapses and you must start a new registration. This means the registration will need to be re-established, not just renewed.

Roadworthy inspection

For the first registration of a vehicle, you must show proof of identity and residency and a passed roadworthy inspection certificate. However, you do not usually need a roadworthy inspection to renew registration.

There are times when your vehicle needs a roadworthy inspection from an approved inspection station or Access Canberra, Dickson:

  • First registration in the ACT
  • Any vehicle over 6 years old where ownership is transferred
  • Interstate vehicles transferring to the ACT
  • Registration has expired for over 12 months
  • Defect clearances
  • Heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes, taxis, buses and hire cars.

Finally, pensioners pay a reduced short-term surcharge to renew registration of their vehicles for less than 12 months.


Access Canberra:

Phone: 13 22 81

Mon-Fri 7am to 8pm, Sat 8am to 5pm, Sun 9am to 5pm


Visit: Access Canberra service centre

Write: Road Transport Authority, PO Box 582, Dickson ACT 2602

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