A QLD Safety Certificate is required whenever a registered vehicle is being offered for sale in Queensland, Australia or when the registration of a vehicle is being transferred to a new owner. The types of vehicles that require a safety certificate are cars, motorcycles, trailers and any other vehicle up to 4,500kg.
The issuance of a safety certificate involves an inspection which covers many components of the vehicle, including the tyres, brakes, steering mechanism and suspension. The inspector will also check if there is any rust or damage to the vehicle.
Vehicle inspections may only be carried out by approved inspection stations. These are the only businesses that can issue a safety certificate, which can be either handwritten or electronically issued. It must be produced when requested by a buyer, agent or police offer; however, you do not need to display it on the vehicle.