Received a Compliance Notice?

What is a Compliance Notice?

If a vehicle is found to be unroadworthy in Western Australia it is issued with a compliance notice. A compliance notice, also known as a yellow sticker, defect notice, or work order means your vehicle cannot be driven on Western Australian roads after the expiry date shown on the notice.

Find out what to do about a compliance notice so your vehicle can be used again.

What you need to do…

To have a compliance notice removed, you must arrange for your vehicle to be examined at a Vehicle Examination Centre or an Approved Inspection Station within 14 days of the expiry date on the compliance notice. To find a centre or station near your, refer to vehicle examination locations.

Before you arrange for your vehicle to be examined, you should ensure it is roadworthy. At the Vehicle Examination Centre or Approved Inspection Station your vehicle will be fully examined, not just for the defects shown on the compliance notice.

An examiner can order a vehicle off the road immediately if they consider that its defects make it too dangerous to be driven on the road. Depending on the extent and nature of any outstanding defects and the opinion of the examiner about the time required to complete repairs, a new work order may be granted from the time the vehicle is presented to the examiner. However, road safety will always be a major consideration in determining whether to grant an extension.

Provided the vehicle is licensed (registered), and only if the vehicles fault for which the Compliance Notice was issued has been rectified, it may be driven to a Centre or Station to be examined.

If the vehicle becomes unlicensed (unregistered), a temporary movement permit is required.

Refer to ‘get your vehicle examined’ to find out more.

If you do NOT respond to the compliance notice

If your vehicle has not been fully examined within 14 days of the expiry date of a compliance notice, you will be issued with a first and final notice. This requires you to have your vehicle examined or surrender the licence plates.

Failure to comply may result in the seizure of your number plates and the issue of an infringement notice. A notice requiring you to return the number plates will be produced if a vehicle has not been fully examined within 28 days of the compliance notice expiry date. Once this occurs, the vehicle licence (registration) may not be renewed until the vehicle has been examined and the compliance notice is cleared.

If your number plates are returned, you must obtain a temporary movement permit to drive the vehicle to a place of inspection for examination.

Can’t get your vehicle examined within 14 days of expiry?

If it is not possible to arrange a vehicle examination within 14 days of the compliance notice expiry date, you should surrender the number plates (vehicle licence plates) at any of WA’s Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agents. The examination to re-license the vehicle is the same as the examination to clear a compliance notice.

Getting a vehicle to an Inspection Centre AFTER compliance notice expiry – Provided that the vehicle is currently licensed (and therefore covered by third party insurance), a vehicle with an expired compliance notice may be driven to the nearest inspection centre from the place of repair without a temporary movement permit. It may not be used on road for any other purpose.

Expired compliance notices

Use of a vehicle on or after the time and date specified on the compliance notice is strictly prohibited unless:

  • The defects specified in the vehicle defect compliance notice have first been rectified,
  • The vehicle is being taken, for the purpose of being examined, by the shortest most practical route from the place where the defects have been rectified, directly to the nearest place established by the Director General for the Department of Transport for the examination of vehicles,
  • The vehicle in question is currently licensed, and
  • A temporary movement permit cannot be issued to a licensed vehicle.

Driving of a vehicle on a road where a compliance notice has expired and the vehicle fault for which a compliance notice was issued has not been repaired constitutes an offence.

If a vehicle defect compliance notice has expired and the defect has not been rectified, the vehicle will need to be towed to a repairer or a vehicle examination station.

If the vehicle licence expires, the number plates must be surrendered and returned within 15 days to prevent an infringement being issued for failing to return the number plates. Find your nearest Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre.

A compliance notice was issued but the licence has now expired
The vehicle licence cannot be renewed until the vehicle has been examined and the compliance notice is cleared.

Clearing or issuing a new compliance notice in another Australian jurisdiction
A compliance notice may be issued or cleared in any other Australian jurisdiction, regardless of where the vehicle is licensed, or the notice is issued. A reciprocal arrangement between the jurisdictions ensures that, any action in respect of a compliance notice is notified by the issuing authority to the home jurisdiction and vice versa.

Details of the compliance notice and the vehicle are recorded by both the jurisdiction in which the vehicle is licensed (registered) and the jurisdiction in which the compliance notice is issued.

To have an interstate compliance notice cleared, or a new one issued, the vehicle should be presented at an authorised place of inspection in any Australian jurisdiction. Advice may be sought concerning any further action required.

What to do if you are no longer the owner of the vehicle

If you have sold, or otherwise disposed of the vehicle, you must notify the Department of Transport of the new owner to ensure that vehicle licence renewals are directed to the new owner.


Vehicle Licence & Examination Fees, including permits (PDF)

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