Your vehicle needs a VIV inspection if it:
If your vehicle’s a repairable write-off that’s more than 15 years old, and it’s never failed a VIV inspection, you don’t need a VIV certificate.
Check out The Written-Off Vehicles Register (WOVR) and written-off vehicles for more information about the WOVR and different types of write-offs.
Before you book an inspection, make sure the vehicle’s roadworthy and ready to register, and that you have all your paperwork ready (refer to ‘What to bring’).
Inspections need to be booked at least 5 business days in advance.
When booking, you’ll be asked to provide:
You’ll also need to acknowledge that the vehicle’s ready to register, and confirm that all your documents are good to go. Note that you can’t make multiple bookings for the same vehicle.
If your booking’s successful, you’ll get a text message that explains the requirements and conditions of the inspection, and includes a receipt for your deposit payment.
If you notice that you made a small typo when booking your appointment, contact the VIV Centre straight away to let them know.
VIV inspections can be moved or cancelled, as long as you give at least 5 business days notice. Get in touch with your VIV Inspection Centre directly to do this.
Fees apply to move or cancel an appointment.
Refer to Vehicle Identity Validation (VIV) Fees.
You need to pay a deposit to secure your appointment booking, and then pay the remainder of the balance on the day.
There are also additional fees if you need to cancel or reschedule a booking, and if the vehicle doesn’t pass the initial inspection and needs to be re-inspected.
If you violate the terms of service of the booking system you may forfeit your deposit.
Drop the vehicle off at 8.30am sharp, and be prepared to leave it at the inspection centre all day. If you’re late, you might need to come back on another day, and pay another deposit.
You can’t be present during the inspection, so organise a way to leave and return to the centre without your vehicle.
Sometimes, the vehicle won’t be ready to pick up until the next day.
The VIV Inspection Centre can ask you to leave and make a new booking if you bring a vehicle that’s different to the vehicle you booked in (eg you can’t make an appointment for a Ford and show up with a Holden). If you present the wrong car and the VIV Inspection Centre ask you to make a new booking you will forfeit your deposit.
Absolutely. If you can’t make it to the inspection, write a letter that says somebody else can act on your behalf. Make sure the letter includes:
Your agent will need to provide evidence of identity when they drop off and pick up the vehicle (eg a Victorian licence, or current passport).
A vehicle can fail a VIV inspection if:
If your vehicle fails an inspection, you need to fix the problem/s within 20 working days otherwise you will need to make a new “first appointment”. It’s not possible to extend this 20 day period.
The 20 working days are only to fix minor problems, not to complete any major repairs that should have been fixed before you booked an inspection.
If the inspector thinks there’s still major work required, they can say the vehicle needs a whole new inspection.
Make sure you record any further repairs in the repair diary. The inspector can also ask you to bring back a VicRoads Vehicle Damage and Structural Repair Report form [PDF 114 Kb].
When everything’s been fixed, book a reinspection. Note that a reinspection fee applies.
If you don’t fix everything within 20 working days, or if the vehicle’s reinspected and fails again, you’ll need to book a whole new inspection and pay the full inspection fees again.
If a vehicle fails for identity reasons, or it seems suspicious, the vehicle will be referred to Victoria Police.
If the vehicle passes the inspection, you’ll get a VIV Certificate that’s valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
If you lose your certificate, send an email to RIT@roads.vic.gov.au that includes:
Seems obvious, but bring the vehicle! If it’s unregistered, you can get an unregistered vehicle permit, organise to have the vehicle transferred on a trailer, or have it towed to and from the VIV Inspection Centre. If you have a trade plate, you can use that.
You also need to bring:
*If you have a personal receipt, make sure it includes the buyer’s name and address; the seller’s name, address, signature and (recommended) a copy of their driver licence; and the vehicle details (VIN, engine number, make and model).
Note that statutory declarations can’t be used as evidence or proof, and they can’t be used in place of the above requirements.
Your VIV inspector might also ask you to provide:
The inspector can also ask you to provide new report/s from an independent party, if there are concerns or doubts about the quality of the repairs.