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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Approved inspection station scheme

The Department of Transport and Main Roads requires vehicles to be inspected to ensure they meet the minimum safety standards.

Vehicle safety inspections are conducted by approved examiners at Approved Inspection Stations (AIS). If the vehicle meets the minimum safety standards, an inspection certificate is issued to the owner/driver of the vehicle.

The 3 types of inspections that an AIS may provide are:

Read more below about the AIS scheme and how to apply to be an AIS, nominee, or approved examiner.

Inspection Certificates Online

Inspection Certificates Online (ICO) is a web portal which enables an AIS to issue electronic safety certificates and COIs.

ICO can be used for all vehicle inspection types, including light vehicles, light trailers, motorbikes, heavy vehicles and heavy trailers.

ICO is free and reduces the cost of purchasing inspection certificate books. ICO also meets document keeping requirements under the business rules for approved inspection stations

ICO can be accessed using the web browser on a desktop computer or laptop or on the QLD ICO mobile app for Android and iOS.

For more information about ICO:

Find an AIS

Find an AIS allows customers to search online for an AIS. Depending on the customer’s search criteria, they will be provided with the addresses and phone numbers of AIS that match their search criteria. It also includes AIS that issue electronic safety certificates and COIs or that provide a mobile service.

If your AIS information on Find an AIS needs to be updated, contact the ICO Administrator by email at

AIS scheme

Read the pages linked below to learn about the AIS scheme and how to apply to be an AIS, nominee or approved examiner. We also provide information for other applications that you may need to made during the AIS approval or approved examiner accreditation period. If you have any questions, contact the AIS Administrator.

AIS confirmation and compliance audits

If you are granted an AIS approval, a compliance check may be conducted by our compliance officers within 6 months of your approval.  Further compliance audits may also be conducted during the period of your AIS approval.

The purpose of these checks is to assess compliance with the conditions of your AIS approval and the performance of your approved examiners and nominees. If you also have a mobile AIS, you must ensure that the mobile AIS is present at the AIS premises during the audit.

During the checks, you, your nominee or your approved examiner may be asked to demonstrate:

The current AIS compliance checklist outlines what a transport inspector will be assessing during the compliance check. You can also review the checklist to help you prepare and ensure your AIS complies with the conditions of your AIS approval.

Contact us

Phone: 13 23 80 (ask for AIS Administrator)

AIS Administrator
Approved Inspection Station Scheme
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 673

Last updated 12 March 2024