Free apprentice vehicle registration in Victoria

If you're a trade apprentice using your car for work, you may be eligible to get 100% off your registration renewal.

Wednesday, 12 July 2023 at 3:37 am
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From 1 July 2023, all eligible Victorian apprentices can receive a 100% discount on their vehicle’s registration fee. This includes Victorians who are completing their apprenticeships in New South Wales (NSW) or South Australia (SA).

VicRoads will check your details with your employer, so make sure your employer supports your application before you apply.

If your vehicle registration is about to expire while your discount application is getting reviewed, you should pay the full registration amount so you can continue to use your vehicle on the road. VicRoads will then issue a refund if you’re eligible.

You can apply for the discount (or a refund) if:

  • you’re an apprentice registered with the VRQA, or a Victorian apprentice who is undertaking an apprenticeship in SA or NSW
  • you’re currently employed in an approved training scheme
  • you’re using your own car, ute, or van for approved work purposes, or you regularly use it to get to or from work between 8:30 pm and 5:30 am
  • the vehicle does not exceed 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM).
  • you have a current Victorian driver’s licence
  • you are a Victorian resident
  • you've received your registration renewal notice.

Learner drivers, drivers with cancelled, expired or suspended licences, and apprentices with a vehicle registered in someone else’s name or a discount already applied on another vehicle registered in their name, cannot apply for the discount. 

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