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One of the many advantages of Victorian Mini Club membership is participation in the Victorian Club Permit Scheme (CPS).

About the CPS

The aim of the CPS is to protect our motoring heritage by making it affordable for enthusiasts to keep classic cars on the road. Cars on the CPS are issued with brown number plates, you cannot have personalised plates, or keep your original rego number.

CLUB PERMIT SCHEME

Eligibility
  • You must be a financial member of an authorised car club such as VMCi.

  • There is no waiting period before you can apply for a permit.

  • Your car must be over 25 years old and roadworthy.

  • The VMCi accepts all classic cars that meet the requirements, but has made a decision at this time to not accept motorcycles.

  • You can choose a 45 day or a 90 day permit, with the days used recorded in a special log book.

 

Permit Conditions

If you breach the conditions of your Permit, such as by letting your club membership lapse, you will be penalised for driving an unregistered vehicle.

 

When driving your Club Permit vehicle, you must carry your VicRoads log book and permit (with that day's driving details completed). We also strongly suggest that you carry your current club membership card.

Application Checklist

The permit application/renewal process can seem complex, so to make things easier, we've compiled a CPS checklist that will help ensure that you've covered all your bases when applying for or renewing your permit. The checklist can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you currently have a car that you would like to move to the CPS, you must follow these steps:

 

First things First:

  • Make sure you're a current financial Member of the VMCi. Remember this falls due on the 31st of December every year. If you're not yet a member, join!

  • Have your vehicle inspected and obtain a roadworthy certificate. Note these are only valid for 30 days so be prepared for action as soon as it's issued.

  • Your car must be more than 25 years old at the time of application, proven by manufacture date on compliance plate.

  • If the car is modified beyond the scope of VSI-33 and/or VSI-8 then it's the Tester's call to request VASS certification. The Tester is trained to determine this.

     

While you're waiting for the RWC to be issued:

 

Once you've got all of the above together:

  • Post the originals of the application form, eligibility form along with a copy of the RWC (plus copies of any VASS documentation if applicable) with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Permit Scheme Officer (check the back of your MiniMag for the current postal address)

  • If anything is missing or incorrect the forms will NOT be returned until sorted. 

 

When you get the signed application form back:

  • Take your signed documentation and the original RWC to a VicRoads customer service centre that issues Club plates with a small bag of gold and a patient demeanour. They will issue new plates, a Permit, a Logbook and a windscreen sticker.

  • If you wish to have an existing permit vehicle transferred from another club to the VMCi, you will need a letter from the Permit Scheme Officer of the VMCi stating that you are a current member (VicRoads may issue new plates).

  • Bolt the new plates on, apply the windscreen sticker, sign the first entry in your new logbook and proceed to enjoy your car.

SIGNING UP FOR A CLUB PERMIT

First things First:

  • Make sure you're a current financial Member of the VMCi, which falls due on 31st of December.

  • The Renewal Form from VicRoads is usually sent to you six weeks before the due date and includes a new Permit Windscreen Sticker and Logbook (DON'T peel any of this off yet). If you haven’t yet got the Renewal, contact VicRoads immediately.

 

Note: The new Permit is not valid until it's been signed by the Permit Scheme Officer AND stamped by VicRoads.

 

Once you’ve got your Renewal Notice:

If the vehicles appearance or engine has changed please send new photos, otherwise ignore this step as you have previously supplied photos:

  • Send photos of (front/side, rear/side, interior, engine bay and body and engine numbers) and e-mail the new photos to logbook@mini.org.au (These photos are stored electronically.)

 

Once you've sorted all of the above:

  • Post the original Renewal Form along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Permit Scheme Officer (check the back of your MiniMag for the current postal address). If anything is missing or incorrect the forms will NOT be returned until sorted.

 

Note: If you want the renewal forwarded to Vicroads, you will also need to attach a cheque payable to Vicroads. 

 

When you get the signed Renewal Form back from the Registrar:

  • Take your signed Renewal to VicRoads to be stamped with a small bag of gold and a patient demeanour.

  • Go home, stick the new windscreen sticker on the car, stick the new (stamped and signed) Permit in the new Logbook and proceed to enjoy your car for another 12 months!

RENEWING YOUR CLUB PERMIT