Stolen vehicle number plates can be an inconvenience, are expensive to replace, and can be used by criminals to commit other crimes. In addition, if you drive without number plates, you could be fined and receive demerit points.
Explore ways to prevent and report number plate theft.
Key crime prevention tips
To prevent number plate theft:
- secure your number plates
- park in a secure and well-lit area.
How to prevent number plate theft
You can help prevent serious offences and keep your number plates safe by following a few simple steps:
Secure your number plates
- Secure your plates with anti-theft screws or pop rivets.
- Anti-theft screws are fitted with a standard screwdriver but can only be removed with a special tool.
Park in a secure and well-lit area
- Park off the street. A locked garage is best or off the street in your driveway if you don’t have a garage.
- If parked in a driveway, consider the installation of a sensor light.
- If you need to park on the street, park in a well-lit area.
What to do if your number plates have been stolen
If your number plates have been stolen:
- Obtain a new set of plates from .
- Notify the following of your new registration details:
- insurance company.
- roadside assistance provider.
- toll provider, for example EastLink or CityLink.
What to do if your number plates have been used illegally
- Complete a statutory declaration outlining the situation.
- Contest the fine. Attach the statutory declaration.
- If you have received multiple fines, contact our Police Assistance Line on , or your for further advice.
- Contact to cancel your registration.
Report stolen number plates
Reviewed 25 July 2023