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Light Trailer Pack

To register light trailers with ATM of 750kg or less

A key purpose of registering a trailer is to ensure that its design, construction and equipment meet safety
and environmental standards.
This pack is designed to assist you when registering a trailer in Victoria.
When registering, you do not need to bring your trailer to a VicRoads Customer Service Centre for inspection
if you ensure that it meets all requirements Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 Building SmallTrailers (VSB1) available
at infrastructure.gov.au

Can you use this pack?

A light trailer is a caravan or trailer that has an Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM)1 of 4.5 tonnes or less, but this pack can only
be used for the registration of certain light trailers with an ATM of 750kg or less.
You can use this pack to apply for registration of:
light box trailers (with ATM of 750kg or less)
light boat trailers (with ATM of 750kg or less)
other light trailers including caravans (with ATM of 750kg or less).
This pack must not be used to register trailers that fall outside these limits.
If a trailer is built specifically to carry a boat or is used in the course of trade (business purposes) it must be registered.
To be the registered operator of a light trailer you must be at least 17 years of age.

Do not use this pack

Do not use this pack if:

your trailer has an ATM of more than 750kg - you need to use the Vehicle registration form and make an appointment
to have the trailer inspected for registration at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.
you are buying a used trailer that is currently registered - you need to use the Application for a transfer of registration form.

Further information and forms are available at vicroads.vic.gov.au, VicRoads Customer Service Centres or by calling 13 11 71.

Trailers exempt from registration

Your trailer does not need to be registered if it meets all of the following requirements:
1. Weighs less (tare mass4) than 200 kilograms unladen
2. Is not wider than the towing vehicle as produced by the manufacturer
3. Is 3 metres or less in length, including the drawbar and any load
4. Is not built specifically to carry a boat
5. Is not used in the course of trade (business purposes).
Exempt trailers must display the same registration number as the towing vehicle, or you can purchase an exempt trailer
plate (see vicroads.vic.gov.au for details).
Exempt trailers can be registered upon request. In many other states, including New South Wales and South Australia, all
trailers must be registered. If you intend to tow your trailer interstate, it is recommended that you register it in Victoria
before you travel.

See Aggregate Trailer Mass and Tare mass on next page.

Post: VicRoads, GPO Box 1644, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001

Call: 13 11 71 (TTY 13 36 77, Speak and Listen 1300 555 727)

Web: vicroads,vic.gov.au


You must ensure your trailer complies with all requirements as per theVehicle Standards Bulletin 1 Building Small
Trailers (VSB1) available at infrastructure.gov.au
The following information may also assist you when registering your trailer.

1. Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM)

Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) is the maximum loaded mass of the trailer (weight of the trailer plus the load capacity).
To determine the ATM of your trailer contact the manufacturer or a signatory to VicRoads Vehicle Assessment Signatory
Scheme (VASS). For VASS information visit vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 13 11 71.

2. Imported light trailers

All imported light trailers require Vehicle Import Approval (VIA). Visit infrastructure.gov.au for further information.

3. Pig trailer
A trailer with one axle group or single axle near the middle of its load-carrying surface and connects to the vehicle towing
it by a drawbar.

4. Tare mass
Tare mass means the unladen mass of the trailer when it is in ordinary running condition and not carrying
any load (eg goods).

5. Trailers manufactured before July 1991

Light trailers that were manufactured before July 1991 must comply with Vehicle Standards Information Sheet 9 available
at vicroads.vic.gov.au

6. Vehicle (trailer) plate

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 Building SmallTrailers (VSB1) specifies that a vehicle plate is required on a trailer. The plate
provides a clear indication that the trailer is suitable for road use. It also provides useful information about the
specifications of the trailer.
The plate must be durable, non-corrosive metal and must be affixed to the vehicle in a position where it may be readily
examined. It must be permanently affixed by pop rivets, hammer drive screws or welding. Affixing plates with adhesives
is not acceptable.
Information on the plate must be legible and embossed, indented, etched or engraved in letters and numbers not less
than 2.5 mm high.
The plate must show at least the following details:

manufacturers or importers name (whichever party takes responsibility for the certification statement)
date of manufacture (month/year, eg 02/08)
trailer model (if applicable)
Aggregate Trailer Mass (kg)
Vehicle Identification Number
tyre details (tyre and rim size, load rating and recommended tyre pressure) (optional)
certification statement (exactly as specified below):
for new trailers:

This trailer was manufactured to comply with the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

for imported used trailers:

This trailer is an imported used trailer. It has been modified and assessed as complying with the Motor Vehicle
Standards Act 1989.

7. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Every trailer first registered from January 1989 onwards must have a unique 17 digit alphanumeric Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) issued by VicRoads. This number must appear on the trailer identification plate (where fitted) but must also
be stamped on a substantial part of the trailer (usually on the drawbar).
Light trailers that were manufactured before 1989 will require a chassis number. If you are unable to locate this number on
your trailer, please contact VicRoads to have a chassis number allocated.

How do I register my light trailer?

Step 1 Prepare your trailer for registration

Step 3 Book a registration appointment

You must ensure your trailer complies with all requirements

as per theVehicle Standards Bulletin 1 Building
SmallTrailers (VSB1) available at infrastructure.gov.au
A Certificate of Roadworthiness is not required, however
the trailer must be in a roadworthy condition for use on
the road.

Call VicRoads on 13 11 71 to make an appointment to

register your trailer at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.
There is no appointment fee when using this pack to
register your trailer (when inspection is not required).

Step 4 What to bring to the appointment

If you are uncertain about whether your trailer meets all

of the requirements, you may call VicRoads on 13 11 71
to make an appointment to have your trailer inspected at
a VicRoads Customer Service Centre before registration
(please note VicRoads does not certify trailers).
You will need to pay an inspection fee.

At your appointment you must:

Step 2 Complete form and ensure you have

relevant supporting documents
Complete a Light trailer registration form including the
checklist on the back, declaring your trailer meets all
requirements in VSB1.
You need proof of ownership or management of the
trailer if you are not the previously registered operator.
You will need a bill of sale identifying the trailer by make,
model (if applicable) and VIN/chassis number showing
the names and addresses of the buyer and the seller that
is signed and dated by both parties.
If you constructed the trailer, you will need to supply
receipts for the purchase of materials and a statement
confirming that you constructed the trailer including
the date of completion of the trailer.
If the trailer was imported you will need to supply a copy
of the import approval document 2.

submit a completed Light trailer registration form

and relevant supporting documents
show your Victorian driver licence or learner
permit. If you do not have this, you must provide
evidence of identity check requirements at
pay relevant fees - you need to pay a registration
fee (unless the trailer is registered and used solely in
connection with the business of a primary producer)
and a number plate fee. For information regarding fees
please visit vicroads.vic.gov.au
if applying on behalf of another person or a company
you will need a letter of authority check requirements
at vicroads.vic.gov.au

How do I measure my light trailer?

This is a guide only.

no greater
2.5 metres

Trailer rear overhang *

Axle group centreline/Rear overhang line

(as seen from above)

Total length - no greater than 12.5 metres*

Rear overhang includes any load on the trailer.

* For pig trailers3 total length must not exceed 12.2 metres. Rear overhang for a pig trailer is the lesser of the length
of the load carrying area ahead of the rear overhang line, or 3.7 metres.


Examples of trailers (with ATM of 750kg or less) that can be registered

using this pack

Light box trailer

Light boat trailer

Always ensure your load is secure and appropriate for your trailer. Loads that are not secured adequately or correctly can
cause serious accidents and injury. For further information refer to the Load Restraint Guide from the National Transport
Commission at ntc.gov.au

For further information please visit

vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 13 11 71
TTY users call 13 36 77
Speak and Listen users call 1300 555 727
Information provided is correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.

VRPIN01177 05.14 93138

Load restraint

Authorised and published by VicRoads, 60 Denmark Street, Kew, Victoria, 3101.

Light van trailer


Light trailer registration

ABN 61 760 960 480

This form can be used to register a light trailer with

Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of 750 kg or less. Please
complete the white sections, print in ink using BLOCKletters
provide relevant supporting documents, show us your evidence
of identity, and sign below. The vehicle register records the
identification details of each vehicle and the name and address
of the person responsible for it. It is not a register of vehicle
ownership (title).


Date of issue

Date of expiry

.Dealers write regn no. then

place VicRoads barcode here

Number of days to common expiry

Registered operators details (the minimum age is 17 years to register a light vehicle)
Surname or company name

Given name(s) or ACN


Licence/client no.

Date of birth

Home (or company) address


Postal address (if different from above)


Garage address (VicRoads will only register vehicles garaged in Victoria)


Contact phone number

Trailer details


Year manufactured

Trailer condition

Previous registration number




Body type


No. of outside wheels

Vehicle plate date

VIN (chassis or frame number if no VIN)

Primary producer*
(The vehicle is engaged
solely in the business
of the owner as a
primary producer)

Tare (kg)

Rear overhang

Manufacturers ATM (kg)

Overall length (m)

Overall width (m)

No. of axles



Trailer inspection required?

Stolen check performed




If Yes, completed?


Vehicle inspector signature

Vehicle inspector name


Proof of ownership or management (complete this section if applicant is not the previously registered operator)


Has proof of ownership or management been sighted? (confirmation by inspecting officer)

LMCT number of previously registered operator (if applicable)

Name of previous owner/manager

Home (or company) address


Proof of previous registration statement

Surname/family name
Second given name

Date of birth


Residential address
I am unable to supply proof of previous registration for this vehicle and state that:
To the best of my knowledge no prior encumbrances exist on the vehicle

I am entitled to register the vehicle in my name; and

I accept the responsibility for the registration of this vehicle

Privacy statement
Personal information VicRoads collects from you may be used by VicRoads, as permitted by the Road Safety Act 1986 and the Marine Safety Act 2010. VicRoads may disclose
personal information it collects from you to various organisations and persons as permitted by law, particularly by the Road Safety Act 1986. This includes disclosing the information
to contractors and agents of VicRoads, law enforcement agencies, other road and traffic authorities, the Transport Accident Commission, vehicle manufacturers (for safety recalls),
road safety researchers, courts and other organisations or people authorised to use the personal information.
You are required to provide this personal information. Failure to provide the information may result in this form not being processed, or records not being properly maintained.
For further information about our use of your personal information and your right of access to it, see VicRoads brochure Protecting your privacy or contact VicRoads on 13 11 71.
Providing false and/or misleading information or documents is a serious offence under the Road Safety Act 1986 and/or Marine Safety Act 2010 and can result
in you being fined or imprisoned. Any authority or approval, given as a result of you providing such information/documents, may be reversed and have no effect.
By signing this form, I declare that the information in this form and related supporting documents is true, correct and complete, and I understand the privacy statement.
Registered operators/agents signature


Authority to act as agent


Agents evidence of identity sighted (office use)

This section must be completed if the vehicle is being registered by an agent.

Rate code

Full name of agent

Agents licence no.

Agents signature


All the information given is true and correct, I authorise the person whose signature and details appear above to act as my agent for the registration of this vehicle.

Registered operators signature

Post: VicRoads, GPO Box 1644, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001


Call: 13 11 71 (TTY 13 36 77, Speak and Listen 1300 555 727)

Web: vicroads.vic.gov.au

Registration fee

Number plate

Total payable

VRPIN01177 10.13 93138 Authorised and published by VicRoads, 60 Denmark Street, Kew, Victoria, 3101.

First given name

Licence number

You must ensure your trailer complies with all requirements as per the Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 - Building Small Trailers (VSB 1) at infrastructure.gov.au
You must complete the table and sign below make sure your trailer complies with the following checklist and compliance requirements before you apply for registration.







Brake lights in working order

If there are two axles or more, a braking system is installed
Left and right-side direction indicator lights in working order
Left and right tail lights in working order
At least one number plate light in working order
At least one safety chain
Mud guards over each wheel
Length does not exceed 12.5 metres (or 12.2 metres for a pig trailer)
Width does not exceed 2.5 metres
Rear overhang does not exceed 3.7 metres
Two white reflectors fitted to the front of the trailer
Two red reflectors fitted to the back of the trailer
One side reflector on each side (if length is more than 3 metres, every 3 metres)
If width is over 2.1 metres, white and red clearance lights fitted on the widest points of the trailer
Tyres fitted are in a roadworthy condition and meet relevant loadrequirements
Vehicle plate affixed to trailer
Certification statement clearly noted on vehicle plate
This trailer complies with all requirements in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 - Building Small Trailers (VSB 1)
(N/A if trailer was manufactured before July 1991)
If trailer is imported, copy of import approval is supplied
If you provide incorrect information about your trailer to VicRoads it may affect your right to make a claim under a motor vehicle insurance policy. If VicRoads is later
advised that the information provided about your trailer is incorrect the registration of the trailer may be suspended. VicRoads has not inspected the trailer and will
not accept any responsibility for any incorrect information you provide about the trailer.
By signing this form, I declare the information provided in the table above is true, correct and complete.
Registered operators/agents signature



Evidence of identity (original documents only)
Category A evidence

Australian photo licence

Origin (state/country)

Australian birth certificate


Reference no.

Category B evidence

Document type

Evidence of residence+

Document type

Other (specify document type)

Date of expiry

Victorian residence declaration completed+

Signature of authorised officer

Signature of manager (if required)

Name of authorised officer

Name of manager (if required)

User ID


+ not required for a marine licence

Reference no.