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Motor vehicle search

Before you begin

You will need:

Note 1. Any credit card or a Visa/MasterCard debit card.
Note 2. For vehicles manufactured after 1989, you should have a VIN (vehicle identification number).
Note 3. If you do not have an email address, the information will still be available online.

Start your search for motor vehicles now

Fees
Online self service - $3.40
Assisted phone service - $3.40

Instructions

The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked with text provided below the image. You may stop the animation at any time by clicking the image again.

The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked with text provided below the image.

The Vehicle Registration Number (Rego) is not a form of serial number as it can be changed.

Beginning your search

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  1. Click on the Search by serial number link.
  2. Scroll down to see the options under the heading 'What is the serial number search type'.

Enter your information

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  1. Click on the Motor vehicle option button.
  2. Click on the type of serial number you have - vehicle registration number (Rego) is not included.
  3. Enter the serial number (VIN, Chassis number or Manufacturer's number) .
    Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt. This can be used to search for transactions in your account.
  4. Click on the Next button to go to the payment page.

Pay and get results

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  1. Enter your credit card details as shown on your credit card.
  2. Enter your email address to receive your receipt by email
  3. Click on the Pay now button to go to the Search result summary page.
  4. Click on the Email certificate button to have the certificate sent by email.
  5. Enter your email address and re-enter it in the next field.
  6. Click on the Email button to receive your search certificate.
    The information box shows that the certificate has been sent to the email address given.

Beginning your search

Beginning your search - animated gif
  1. Click on the Search by serial number link.
  2. Scroll down to see the options under the heading 'What is the serial number search type'.

Enter your information

Enter your information - animated gif
  1. Click on the Motor vehicle option button.
  2. Click on the type of serial number you have - vehicle registration number (Rego) is not included.
  3. Enter the serial number (VIN, Chassis number or Manufacturer's number) .
    Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt. This can be used to search for transactions in your account.
  4. Click on the Next button to go to the payment page.

Pay and get results

Pay and get results - animated gif
  1. Enter your credit card details as shown on your credit card.
  2. Enter your email address to receive your receipt by email
  3. Click on the Pay now button to go to the Search result summary page.
  4. Click on the Email certificate button to have the certificate sent by email.
  5. Enter your email address and re-enter it in the next field.
  6. Click on the Email button to receive your search certificate.
    The information box shows that the certificate has been sent to the email address given.

Why would I need to search the PPSR?

Before you buy a second-hand motor vehicle you should check that there are no existing security interests on it by searching the PPSR. If a security interest has been registered against the vehicle, it may not be debt-free and may be repossessed, even after you have bought it.

Make sure you search the PPSR on the day, or the day before, you intend to make your purchase, to ensure it is:

  • free from debt
  • safe from repossession
  • not reported written off
  • not reported stolen.

For more information on buyer protection, see Motor vehicle searching and buyer protections (this includes any exceptions).

What does this search cover?

A motor vehicle can include:
  • Cars
  • Buses
  • Trucks
  • ATVs
  • Tractors
  • Caravans
  • Motorbikes
  • Horse floats
  • Trailers
  • Boat trailers
  • Forklifts
  • Tractors
  • Utility vehicles (Utes)
  • Camper vans and camper trailers
  • or any vehicle capable of travelling at more than 10 km/h
    that has a total motor power of more than 200 W.

For information about the PPSR vehicle search certificate, read Understanding motor vehicle search results.

NEVDIS - additional motor vehicle details

Your search result may contain additional vehicle information. National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) data is sourced from State and Territory Road Transport Authorities and are the primary point of contact for enquiries, errors and corrections.  The Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) cannot update this information and provides it without any warranty; for any disputes, corrections or enquiries regarding the NEVDIS data, please refer to either the State or Territory Road Transport Authorities or the Police.