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What is a Dealer Plate search?

Dealer Plates are plates issued to a motor dealer for the purpose of transporting an unregistered vehicle within the operations of the dealership.


What information will I get from a Dealer Plate Search?

A Dealer Plate search will provide information on the primary customer details, registration details and vehicle details for Motor Vehicles, Caravans and Trailers registered in Queensland. A result will include the following information:

  • Customer Reference Number, also called a CRN, allocated by Queensland Transport to their customers (in this case a registered owner).
  • a juvenile flag (N if the registered owner is over 18).
  • the registered owner's name and address.
  • registration details including Registration Category, Registration Status, Registration Expiry Date, Payment Mode, Payment Term (months), CTP Insurance Class & CTP Insurer.
  • vehicle details including the VIN, Engine Number, Make, Model Code, Body Shape, Fuel Type, Num of Cylinders, Steering Mechanism and Tare (kg).

What is the correct format for a Dealer Plate?

Correct formats for Dealer Plate are (where 'x' is any letter, and 'n' is any number between 0 and 9):

  • Dnnnn - Dealer Plates issued after 31/12/99
  • Dnnnnnn - Dealer Plate prior to 31/12/99
  • Dxnnn
  • Dxnnnn
  • nnnnD
  • Tnnnn - 'T' for trailer
  • nnnnT

How long will it take to receive my Dealer Plate Search Results?

The approximate turnaround time for these results is 10 business days.


Why are no registration details returned for some plates?

Some registration details are not available due to the nature of their ownership, for example, Queensland Police vehicles will not display registration details.


Australian units

All dollar amounts at this site are in Australian Dollars (AUD$).

Time is provided in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) as it exists in Brisbane, Australia (+10 hours UTC).

Please note that Brisbane does not have daylight saving time during summer.