Number plates

Discover must-know information about number plates

Number plates must be clearly displayed and visible from a distance of 20 metres.

If your plates aren’t you run the risk of an on-the-spot fine. So, we suggest checking your number plates and if they’re not up to scratch, contact VicRoads on 13 11 71 to arrange a new set.

Number plate warranty

  • All number plates carry a 10-year warranty from the date of issue.
  • Replacement plates are issued free of charge during this warranty period for any plate that has deteriorated due to the manufacturing process.
  • The warranty covers deterioration ranging from simple cracking to progressive or complete blackening of the retroreflective sheet.
  • Be aware though, that plates damaged due to normal wear and tear or impact damage are not eligible for free replacement.

To order a replacement plate visit VicRoads website.

If your plates don’t fall under the warranty guidelines, you’ll have to cover the cost of new plates.

  • Replacement plates will display a new number and can be issued immediately by VicRoads.
  • If you want to retain your existing plate number, you’ll have to purchase duplicate plates which can take three to four weeks to be issued.

For more information on pricing and the types of number plates available visit VicRoads website.

For more information see the Victorian Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations regulation 48.  

Bicycle carriers and number plates

If you have a bicycle carrier on the rear of your vehicle, and it obscures or hides your number plate, you need to remove your number plate and attach it to the rack, or fit a bike rack number plate issued by VicRoads.

  • Hand drawn plates aren’t allowed.
  • The number plate on the bicycle rack must be adequately illuminated at night.

For more information, see the section Bicycle Carriers.

The summaries RACV provide on Victorian road rules are based on the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017. We make sure to reference the exact rule where possible. When reading, keep in mind that we’re providing general information, not legal advice. If you’re looking for specific questions on any legal matter, consult with a lawyer for help.