How to get a rego check in Victoria

We all know driving carries risks. In 2015, Victoria alone saw 230 fatal car accidents on its roads. The accidents were caused by different factors, but more often than not, by the fact that drivers were sitting behind the wheel of road unworthy vehicles. There’s no question that if you’re planning to drive a vehicle, particularly a second-hand one, it’s critically important to ensure it’s up to code and safe.

One of the ways to do this is to perform a VIC rego check (or “rego check” when looking to buy a used car.

A VIC rego check will tell you:

  • Whether the vehicle is currently registered in Victoria
  • When the registration on the vehicle is set to expire
  • The status of the Compulsory Third Party Insurance and its expiry date
  • Whether or not there are restrictions on the registration in Victoria
  • Confirm that the vehicle make and model

Why Is It Important to Check the Registration with a VIC rego check?

There are various reasons it’s in your best interest to check the registration of a vehicle before you purchase it.

Primarily, driving an unregistered vehicle is illegal and carries significant fines. Any time a car is photographed by a speed camera, the registration plate is run, and the police will see if the car is registered or not. In the event of an accident, plates are also checked. If it turns out the car isn't registered, not only will there be fines, but the vehicle itself may be seized.

Secondly, checking to see if the registration matches the car can help you avoid buying a stolen vehicle. It’s not completely uncommon for stolen registration plates to be attached to unrelated stolen vehicles to try to hide the fact the car was stolen. A simple VIC rego check sees right through it.

Lastly, you’ll also see if the vehicle is insured when you conduct a VIC rego check. Car insurance is compulsory in Australia (Hence compulsory third party insurance), and if you’re in an accident with an uninsured car, the price will be extreme.

How Do I Perform a VIC Rego Check?

All you need to conduct a VIC rego check is the car registration/license number. Alternatively, if the vehicle was made after 1989, you can use the VIN, or vehicle identification number. The check is free and can be performed via the VIC department of main roads website. Here is the procedure for performing a check:

  • Log onto the state transport website
  • Choose the type of vehicle you are searching for – it could be a car, truck, motorcycle, trailer or caravan
  • Choose which identification you will use to conduct the search. Typically the accepted vehicle identifiers are the car’s registration number, its VIN or its chassis number
  • Read the terms and conditions for utilizing the service
  • Accept the terms of using the page and press Search to continue
  • View the VIC rego check, which will give you details about the car you are about to purchase
  • Print the report in case you may need it in the future

How Can I Get More Information about the VIC rego check?

A VIC rego check is a pretty simple check. It’s quick and free, but only gives you information on a very specific aspect of the car. If you want to learn more about the vehicle you’re interested in buying, you’ll need a REVS check, also known as a PPSR report or car history report.

VIC rego check

will tell you about registration and insurance. A car history report, however, will also tell you:

  • The stolen status of the vehicle – Is it currently stolen? Has it ever been stolen? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, withdraw your offer on the car and report the vehicle’s owner to the Victorian Public Transport authorities.
  • The write-off status of the vehicle – Was the vehicle written off in the past, and if so, was it deemed repairable, or completely written off?
  • Any financial encumbrances – this particularly applies to buyers looking to purchase vehicles from private owners
  • VIN details and much more

Do I Need a Rego Check AND A Car History Report?

No — all you need is the REVS check/PPSR report/car history report. It includes the VIC rego check information along with everything else. While conducting a VIC rego check might seem useful, it is superfluous if you already have a car history check.

How Do I Get A Car History Report?

It’s easy! Simply enter the VIN of the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing into the bar at the top of the page and pay the $5.99 fee. You’ll then have all the information you need to make an informed decision about the vehicle you’re looking to buy. It’s that easy!

What should I do if I am buying from a Private Seller?

It is easy to fall prey to scams when you consider buying from a private seller. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you are not conned.

The first step is to get either a VIC rego check or a full car history report to confirm that the vehicle is registered in the area. Note, visit the site beforehand and see the chassis or VIN before running the VIC rego check to avoid being handed a fake one.

Secondly, log onto the Victorian State Personal Properties Security Register and input the VIN or chassis number of the vehicle. Registered vehicles will be listed, along with their history (registration, financial details among others). A vehicle that would not show up on a VIC rego check is either unlawfully unregistered or being driven under an Unregistered Vehicle Permit (UVP).

Safety on the roads starts with you. Ensure you do your due diligence before purchasing a vehicle, or you may otherwise suffer consequences down the