Multiple names in vehicle registration and overseas travel

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 11:24
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Can anyone help me please -we are buying a new vehicle and would normally register it in both our names. But I am told that this causes trouble at border crossings overseas a viz both people have to attend the desk with the papers -leaving no-one with the vehicle.

Can anyone confirm this?

Alternatively if it is registered in one name and that one has to fly home suddenly, where does tht leve the remaining person. Can he/she continue to drive the vehicle and what then happens at border crossings?

Any experience appreciated.
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 14:47

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 14:47
What State are you in?
As far as I know, in Victoria a vehicle can only be regsirtered in one name unless it is a Pty Ltd company ie: Fred & Beryl Smith Pty Ltd.

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Reply By: wombat100 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:14

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:14
Same in NSW...even a couple cannot be joint 'registees' !!

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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 16:36

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 16:36
That's funny as my last 3 vehicles have been registered in NSW in both our names.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:47

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:47
So who is liable for Photo Infringement Notices???

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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:07

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:07
Nsw definitely ok to register in two names.

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:34

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 18:34
Good question Shaker. OK, maybe other states do it differently but in WA only one name, either person or company can appear on a vehicle rego.

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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 23:18

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 23:18
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Shaker posted:
So who is liable for Photo Infringement Notices.

as we have been married for 30 plus years and have one bank account to pay any fines it really doesn't matter, The photo should tell if it was a male or female driving .
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 05:22

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 05:22
I think that you can't register a new one now in 2 names in NSW, we tried and they wouldn't let us. Maybe existing regos are all ok until they drop off the grid?
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 09:39

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 09:39
Whats a photo infringement notice? :-)
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:31

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 14:31
Not sure if you are trying to split hairs or not, try Traffic Infringement Notice (camera)
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 19:25

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 19:25
Shaker, not trying to split hairs - just never seen one thats all (good luck or good management?). Hence the smiley at the end :-)

Was an attempt at humour that obviously missed its mark.

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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:18

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:18
Two questions come to mind , a/. Where are you buying it? b/. Where do you intend on driving to? Then you might end up with an answer to your post.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:27

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:27
You only need your licence to drive a car.

Rego comes into play with regard legality of car being on road so one name only seems to be the most used by state governments.
Insurance sets out the limitation on driver's age and any excess or prohibited drivers (ie no points).

If you are going overseas you will need to seek out their requirements.
I think in Europe and the UK an australian drivers license is acceptable for up to 6 months.

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Reply By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:31

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 15:31
Seeing no one read you question correctly I thought I would have a go.

Travelling overseas can be hit and miss, it might pay to give Ron Moon a call and see what he has to say, Ron and Viv have done extensive overseas travelling in their Patrol.

Some countries work on a bribe system so even if you have to correct and legal documentation you still might have problems.

The other option is to give some of the motorbike adventure mobs who specialise in overseas expeditions...... or try one of the adventure bike magazines for direction.

Other than that try to embassies in Canberra for the countries you are going to be crossing.
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Follow Up By: Member - Legendts - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:27

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:27
Well done Olcoolone! I thought I was missing something for a minute there until you came along.

Even the heading reads " vehicle registration and OVERSEAS travel"

Ron and Viv Moon would definitely be the go for the information required.
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Reply By: Member - Berylvt - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:01

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 17:01
Thanks everyone for your responses.
The vehicle is being bought in NSW but will have Qld registration (where we live). We will be going to many countries, Asia, USA, Europe.
Vehicles can be registered in two names in Qld.

I have also posted the question on other forums with more specifically overseas touring members, but I have found the members of this forum so helpful in the past that I thought you were more likely to come up with helpful answers.... :)

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Follow Up By: disco driver - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:05

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:05
It may be worth while carrying a certified copy of the Purchase contract with you as well.

It may make life easier if proof of ownership is ever required at a checkpoint somewhere in the middle of Europe or Asia.

We have two vehicles purchased in joint names but the car is licensed in her name and the ute in mine.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: Member - Berylvt - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:24

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:24
Thanks Disco -good idea.
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:59

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 19:59
One of the other major things you have to contend with is the insurance issue. You may have to buy a policy in a lot of countries. I know for instance when we used to travel through Mexico we had to buy insurance cause a foreign car is a magnet for some drivers and no matter what your own policy says you will end up in trouble.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:52

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 20:52
I am wondering why not ask our Feds. What's wrong with DFAT. That's just the type of information that they would have.

Not being smart about it, but to me this is just common sense. We have a tendency to avoid the RTA, Rangers etc. We would rather ask the blokes in the pub and believe them. Or the girls at the tennis. And then plead ignorance or say "But Bob told me . . . I didn't know officer!"

If you want to know what the weather will be like tomorrow, would you ask the bloke next door!!!

Give them a call on 131 232. or 02 6211 1111. Or if you are in Brisbane at (07) 3405 4795. It can't hurt anyway. And you never know they may have all the good stuff to send you.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Berylvt - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 21:04

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 21:04
oK ! I'll do that! Thanks!
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 21:26

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 21:26
Any luck at DFAT?
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 21:33

Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 21:33
Happy travels. Sounds like an adventure.
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Reply By: Erad - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 09:22

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 09:22
John Faine, and ABC radio presenter in Melbourne, did a trip with his son from Sydney to London a few years ago. He wrote a book about the trip. Fascinating read. Naturally they crossed many borders en route. I haven't met him and have only heard him on AM 774 occasionally (when I visit Melbourne), but if you were to approach him, he may have some advice for you.
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