Safety Certificate

Get Your Car Safety Certificate from a Qualified Mechanic on the Gold Coast.

At Gold Coast Car Electrics & Mechanical, we’re proud to be the company that many locals rely on for all their mechanical repair and maintenance needs, which includes providing safety certificates and roadworthy certificates to many along the Gold Coast. Our comprehensive safety certificates are performed by qualified mechanics and ensure that your vehicle is compliant. We now offer Inspection certificates online meaning you may not have to go into a department of transport office to transfer registration making the overall process easier for you.

We provide Safety Certificates on the Gold Coast for light vehicles (excluding buses, taxis, driving instruction school vehicles or limousines) up to and including 4.5 tonne GVM, in line with Queensland Transport’s Code of Practice. We can generally fit Safety Certificates at short notice and complete the inspection while you wait.

Getting Your Gold Coast Safety Certificate

If you’re ready to book your vehicle in for a comprehensive roadworthy certificate, or if you’d like to ask us any questions about the service, then please call us on (07) 5597 4774. Our friendly team of locals will be happy to chat about your needs and how we can help you. In the meantime, you can see a list of FAQs when it comes to our safety certificates below that may help you.


When do you need a Safety Certificate?

If you are transferring the registration to/from another owner or from another state or if you are re-registering a vehicle after its registration has expired.

Historically it has been a requirement to have a Safety Certificate displayed when you put it up for sale. This has now changed with ‘Inspection Certificates Online’. GCCEM issues inspection certificates online through Transport and Main Road’s (TMR) portal meaning you do not have to display it when selling and may not have to visit the TMR’s office to lodge the certificate. More information can be found here.

Buying or selling a car in Queensland, or transferring registration from interstate?

The vehicle will need a Safety Certificate. The Safety Certificate, formally known as a Roadworthy Certificate, needs to be issued before the vehicle can be deemed roadworthy and the registration transferred.

How long does a Safety Certificate last for?

For private vehicle sales, the safety certificate is valid for 2 months/2000km, whichever occurs first. For motor dealers, it is valid for 3 months/1000km.

How long does an inspection take?

Generally an inspection will take around 45min – 1hr.

What is checked with a Safety Inspection?

A safety inspection is a broad vehicle inspection to assess the vehicles roadworthiness. In an inspection we will look at tyres, brakes, steering & suspension components, lighting, oil leaks, windows, seat belts and much more, plus a road test including braking performance. Some items not checked in a safety inspection include oil/fluid levels or condition, cylinder compression, spark plugs or filters.

How long do I have to repair defects?

If your vehicle fails its first inspection you have up to 14 days to repair the defects and have the vehicle re-inspected. 

Safety Certificate vs. Pre-Purchase Inspection – what’s the difference?

A Safety Certificate is a look at how safe the vehicle is, and this is done within the Queensland Transports Code of Practice. However, it is not a comprehensive mechanical review of the condition the car is in.

Rather, a Pre-Purchase Inspection is an examination and report on the mechanical condition of the vehicle and is useful for the person buying the vehicle to see what kind of condition it is in.

When buying a second hand car, we recommend that a Pre-Purchase Inspection is carried out along with the Safety Certificate. These checks may save the buyer a lot of money in the long run as it allows reassurance the car they are purchasing is in a good and safe condition.

GCCEM are proud to be an Approved Inspection Station (AIS), meaning that we can offer our customers reliable and authentic safety certificates for their vehicles. As a local business, we take pride in our ability to deliver outstanding services to our valued customers, whether it’s mechanical maintenanceair conditioning repairs or anything in between. Our quality is guaranteed and that’s why we are the company of choice for so many people in the Gold Coast area.

Helpful Links Regarding Your Safety Certificate

For more information regarding Safety on the Gold Coast check the TMR’s website here.

Transfer your registration online here.

If transferring registration in person, download the Vehicle Registration Transfer form here.