Point in time and current registration searches
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What information will I get from current and point-in-time registration searches?
A current registration search provides valid registration information for motor vehicles, caravans, trailers and vessels registered in Qld.
A point-in-time registration search provides the same type of information for a specified prior date.
A result includes:
- Customer Reference Number (CRN), which the Department of Transport and Main Roads allocates to their customers (in this case a registered owner)
- juvenile flag (N if the registered owner is over 18)
- registered owner’s name, address and gender
- registration details including registration category, status, and expiry date; payment mode, and term (months); and CTP insurance class and insurer
- vehicle details including the VIN, engine number, make, model code, body shape, fuel type, number of cylinders, steering mechanism and tare (kg).
What is the correct format for a vehicle registration number?
Standard vehicle registration numbers can have:
- three numbers followed by three letters (for example, 123ABC)
- three numbers followed by three letters then a further number (for example, 123AB1).
Can I search for a past registered plate?
Yes, use the point-in-time registration search to search the registration number at a particular time (for plates registered after 9 June 1998).
Can I search on a dealer plate?
Dealer plate searches aren’t available online. Approved entities can order them through the dealer plate search.
Can I search on a personalised plate?
Personalised plate searches aren’t available online. Approved entities can order them through the personalised plate search.
What is the correct format for a ship registration number?
Ship registration numbers can have:
- two letters followed by three numbers then the letter Q (for example, AB123Q)
- three letters followed by two numbers then the letter Q (for example, ABC12Q).
Can I find out if the vehicle has more than one registered owner?
Yes, the results for each registration number will show a primary registered operator and, if applicable, a secondary registered operator.
Why don’t registration details return for some plates?
Some registration details aren’t available due to the ownership nature. For example, Queensland Police Service vehicles won’t display registration details.