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Number plates

If you drive on Queensland roads, your vehicle must be fitted with official number plates. It's the law. 

Legally, the characters on the number plate must be visible from 20 metres (m) away at any point within an arc of 45 degrees from the surface of the plate, above or to either side of the vehicle. Number plates must be permanently attached to a vehicle so that when it is on level ground the plates are upright, horizontal, and not more than 1.3 m above the ground.

Number plates also help to identify your vehicle and the person responsible for it in cases of a crash or theft – they can also help in the recovery of your vehicle if stolen.

It is your responsibility to ensure your number plates are kept in good condition. You can be fined up to $352 for not replacing damaged or illegible number plates.

Note: if you are using an unregistered vehicle permit when moving an unregistered vehicle on the road, the number plates must be removed.

Note: if your vehicle is currently under a Number Plate Confiscation Notice issued by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), and you want more information about the notice, you will need to contact QPS directly by visiting the Motor Vehicle Impoundment page on the QPS website.

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Last updated
30 October 2013