What is a Roadworthy Certificate?

A roadworthy certificate is generally required when a vehicle is sold, or if a used vehicle is to be re-registered. This helps reduce the number of poorly maintained vehicles or vehicles in disrepair on the road. The aim is to reduce accidents and breakdowns.

A roadworthy certificate can only be issued by a licensed vehicle tester, operating from a nominated garage or service station.

The roadworthiness test is not a check of the mechanical reliability or general condition of the vehicle. A roadworthy inspection only covers the major safety related items, including:

  • wheels and tyres
  • steering, suspension and braking systems
  • seats and seat belts
  • lamps and reflectors
  • windscreen and windows including front windscreen wipers and washers
  • the structure of the vehicle itself
  • other safety related items on the body, chassis or engine.

If the vehicle fails on any of the above points you will receive a rejection notice. You will then have seven days to repair the problems and return to the tester for a second inspection of these problems. If seven days pass you will need to submit the vehicle for a complete inspection again.

Roadworthy certificates are valid for 30 days from the date of issue. There is no set cost for a roadworthy certificate so be sure to ask for a quote from your selected licensed mechanic.

In some cases, a roadworthy certificate is also required to clear a Vehicle Defect Notice or a Notice of Unroadworthiness. Defect notices are issued mainly by the police, but also VicRoads (and equivalent interstate) inspectors and the Environmental Protection Authority.

Doncaster Service Centre is a licensed vehicle tester and can check all makes and models of cars and 4wd’s. Contact us for a roadworthy certificate quote and to make a booking.


    Our Services

    • Major, minor and log book services.
    • Brake Repairs, Machining and replacements.
    • Electronic scan testing and code checking.
    • Clutch repairs and replacements.
    • Fuel system repairs and cleaning of fuel injectors.
    • Exhaust repairs and replacements.
    • Transmission servicing and repairs.
    • Cooling system repairs.
    • Timing belt replacements.
    • Suspension repairs and replacement.
    • Road Worthy Certificates.
    • Pre Purchase Inspections.
    • All your tyre needs.

    Contact Us

    DONCASTER SERVICE CENTRE
    2/4 Joseph St
    Blackburn North, VIC 3130
    Ph: 03 9890 5844
    Fax: 03 9890 5134
    E-Mail: dscworkshop@bigpond.com