Personalized number plates are trending in Australia and across the world.
From unique colors to funny letters and number combinations, you can create a number plate to match your car, style, or sense of humor.
If you are interested in getting a customized number plate, you may be stumped at where to begin.
We have collected some information to help with buying a custom number plate in Queensland. Although this article is written for drivers in Queensland, the information is much the same for the other states.
Why do I need a number plate?
In order to drive a car in South Australia, you require number plates that were issued by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport and were supplied by an approved manufacturer.
All number plates need to comply with the Motor Vehicles Act, whether they are standard number plates or custom plates.
How to apply for custom plates
To apply for a customized number plate in Queensland, you need to fill out a Customised Number Plate/s Application Form issued by the Queensland Government. Applicants must provide identification (Evidence of Identity) when lodging their application.
Before you remove old plates and attach new plates, you also need to complete a Remove and/or Attach Personalised/Customised Number Plate/s Application.
Standard issue plates must be surrendered to the authorities if you are attaching customized plates. A personalized plate can only be attached to a registered trailer or vehicle.
In Queensland, you will have to go through PPQ to apply for a custom plate.
How much do personalized number plates cost?
A fee is payable if you wish to get yourself customized number plates. The cost involved will depend on the style of the plate that you buy. Personalized number plates can cost anywhere between $165 and $6000.
This amount is determined by the design (is it color, a specific theme, Euro-style, handmade heritage plates, etc.), as well as the number plate combination and the number of numbers and letters you use.
If you want your new plate to be a slightly more personalized version of your state-issued plates, then you will pay the minimum fee of $165.
Themed and color plates will cost slightly more, And the price will increase with more letters and numbers.
Can I customize my motorbike plates?
Motorbike number plates can be personalized. These are available in two different styles and come in a variety of colors to match the color of your motorbike.
A personalized number plate for your bike can set you back between $455 and $2395, depending on the style.
Can I keep my plates when I sell my car?
In short, yes. The plates are registered in your name and will be yours for life. Customized plates are connected to vehicle registration, and can only be attached to a vehicle that was registered to the same owner as of the plates.
This also goes for your trailer’s plates. Customized plates cannot be sold.
Will my rego be more expensive with personalized plates?
In Queensland, a personalized plate will not increase your registration costs. This means you will only have to pay for the plates themselves, and then you are ready to go.
What are you allowed to get?
There are some basic guidelines that go along with your plate.
You are not allowed to have anything that is deemed offensive, indecent or obscene. Plates are not allowed to promote harmful behavior or unsafe activities, and should not offend any particular race, religion, culture, nation, government, or minority group.
Manufacturers are allowed to refuse your plate design if it is deemed inappropriate. If you are uncertain about what is deemed appropriate, then contact your local transport authority for advice.
The cost of custom plates goes towards road safety initiatives in the state, so why not get something nice and decent while also making the roads safer?
Display the plates clearly
There are some rules when it comes to how your plates are displayed. They should be attached to the front and rear of the vehicle.
The characters must be clearly visible from 20 meters away at any point within an arc of 45 degrees from the plate, above, or to either side of the car. It may not be attached more than 1.3 meters from ground level.
If you are carrying a bike rack or have a tow bar, an accessory number plate must be used that is clearly visible.
Now is the time to get creative with your number plate and start experimenting with a unique and fun combination of letters and numbers to express your identity.
Just keep in mind that you do not want to be the person that offends other people with your inside joke plates!