The Department of Transport’s Vehicle Safety and Standards is required to assess applications from people wishing to perform a modification on a vehicle that requires the approval of the Director General of the Department of Transport (Transport).
Many minor vehicle modifications can be carried out without specific approval, as long as they comply with the applicable legislation.
Modifications that do NOT require approval include:
If the modification you wish to have performed is not on this list, or you are unsure, please contact the Department of Transport for clarification.
Submit your modification application form. This can only be done via post.
From our experience this first submission takes around 4 weeks. Transport works on its own schedule and will not give or guarantee completion dates. Patience is needed.
Approval in Principal
If your application is successful you will receive an “Approval in Principle” letter and a file number.
At this point, you can modify the vehicle.
80% of modifications requires an engineers report. Our Beyond Custom appointed engineer is familiar with modified cars. The engineer then re-submits your application with his report seeking final approval. There is no guarantee an engineer will pass the mods even if you have received “Approval in Principle”. It is similar to ‘pre-approval’ for a bank loan.
Final Approval Letter
When the mods have been approved, you will receive a letter of “Final Approval”
With this “Final Approval”, you can undertake a Transport vehicle examination. A fee is payable to the Department of Transport. An examination report may instruct you to make some changes and then re-exam.
You will be issued with a modification permit or other form of approval guaranteeing that the modifications conform to Transport regulations.
Estimated Time Schedule
First form submission – approximately 4 weeks.
Second form submission – approximately 4 weeks.
This time approximation is dependant upon how many modification applications the Department of Transport has at a given time. Transport will not confirm how long your application will take.
Let Beyond Custom do the work for you!
Simply book your car in for a modification, and we will fill in, submit, and track your application form. When we have received “Approval in Principle”, we will make the modifications or upgrades to your car and return it to you. We will then notify you of “Final Approval” and book a vehicle exam at a time that suits you. A small paperwork fee will be added to your final bill. Too easy!