The department has processes in place when a vehicle is presented for registration and the compliance plate is missing. The operator is required to provide proof of previous registration. If this is satisfied the vehicle is registered as is and it is recorded that the vehicle does not have a compliance plate fitted. If proof of previous registration cannot be provided, the year of manufacture and proof of origin will determine whether the vehicle can be registered. Whether the vehicle was manufactured for the Australian market is also considered, as is the presence of other identification numbers. Compliance plates are required to be fitted under the Australian Design Rules (ADR) to ensure vehicles meet structural and safety standards for road use in Australia. A replacement adhesive label or a letter of compliance can be provided where a lost or accidentally damaged label can be proven, however the only instance whereby a compliance plate may be replaced is as the result of a recall by the manufacturer who may refit a replacement plate.
If you have further concerns as to the process in place for vehicles with a missing compliance plate, you may like to contact the Vehicle Standards and Regulation Unit on 32534851. Approval must be provided by this Unit before the vehicle may be registered.
Please note, there IS NO provision for placing remade tags on any vehicle unless by manufacturer recall.