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The identifying numbers/letters that are stamped or attached to an aircraft or motor vehicle by its manufacturer.

Fees are charged for some transactions undertaken on the PPS Register.

Methods of payment include:

  • pay-as-you-go (fees paid by credit card as they are incurred – this is the default method)
  • pre-payment (users credit money into their account, and this account is drawn down as transactions are being undertaken)
  • invoicing (the account customer is sent an invoice for transactions undertaken during the invoice period).

Account customers may apply to the PPS Registrar's Office to use a different payment method (other than pay-as-you-go or pre-pay) for their account.

Security interests that have previously been registered in a transitional register prior to PPS Register registration commencement time, and which have been migrated to the PPS Register.

See definition for 'migrated security interest' in section 332 of the PPS Act.

The time at which data from transitional registers (registers of security interests in existence prior to the PPS registration commencement time, such as the ASIC charges register and state and territory registers of encumbered vehicles) are migrated to the PPS Register.

Usually a car, truck, motorbike, tractor, caravan or trailer.

A motor vehicle must have a vehicle identification number (VIN), chassis number or manufacturer’s number.

It is self-propelled property:

  • built to travel wholly on land,
  • capable of at least 10km/h, AND
  • with one or more motors with total power greater than 200W.

It can also be:

  • machinery or equipment with wheels built to be towed at more than 10km/h (e.g. a trailer).

If the property runs on rails, tram lines or other fixed path it is not defined as a motor vehicle.

Before 1 July 2014

The law changed on 1 July 2014 to narrow the definition of a motor vehicle.

 Under the old definition, a motor vehicle had to:

  • be capable of at least 10km/h, OR
  • have one or more motors that have a total power greater than 200W.

Under the new definition, a motor vehicle must have both of these characteristics.

For more information, see regulation 1.7 of the Personal Property Securities Regulations 2010.

Search by the prescribed order for motor vehicle serial numbers

When searching the PPSR by a motor vehicle serial number, make sure you enter the correct serial number. For example, if a motor vehicle has both a vehicle identification number (VIN) and a chassis number, you should search using the VIN. The PPSR provides guidance to help you enter the correct serial number.

A serial number search might not reveal all security interests

It is not compulsory for commercial security interests in serial numbered goods to be registered by serial number. The registration may be made against the grantor only. For example, a security interest in a commercial motor vehicle may be registered by reference to the grantor and contain no reference to its serial number, and therefore will only be revealed through a search by grantor.

Motor vehicle buyer protections

If the collateral is a motor vehicle, section 45 of the PPS Act provides that a buyer or lessee will generally take the motor vehicle free of any security interest if:

  • at any time between the time the motor vehicle was sold or leased and the start of the previous day a search of the PPSR by reference only to the serial number would not have disclosed a registration which perfected the interest; and
  • the seller or lessor is either the person who granted the security interest, or another person who is in possession of the vehicle (provided the person who granted the security interest has lost the right to possess the motor vehicle or is stopped from asserting an interest in the vehicle).

Exceptions to motor vehicle buyer protections

The above protection does not apply if:

  • the secured party is in possession of the motor vehicle immediately before the time of the sale or lease; or
  • the motor vehicle is bought at a sale held by or on behalf of an execution creditor; or
  • the buyer or lessee holds the motor vehicle as inventory; or on behalf of a person who would hold the motor vehicle as inventory; or
  • the buyer or lessee buys or leases the motor vehicle with actual or constructive knowledge of the security interest.

Exceptions for motor vehicle licensed dealers

Section 45(3) of the PPS Act provides that a buyer or lessee will generally take the motor vehicle free of any security interests if they provide new value for the motor vehicle and the seller or lessor holds a licence (issued by the state or territory where the sale or lease happens) to deal in that kind of motor vehicle.

Multi user accounts are PPS Register accounts that can have more than one user. The account administrator for such an account can create multiple users that can transact on behalf of the account.