Q Plates

Queensland's first number plates

Q Plates are an important aspect of Queensland motoring history. Originally released in 1921, and issued until 1955.

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A photo from 1924 with 4 men in the bush with a car. The photo is in a sepia colour. The back of the car has a Q Plate attached and the combination is Q 3 1 1 5 7.
A photo from 1924 with 4 men in the bush with a car. The photo is in a sepia colour. The back of the car has a Q Plate attached and the combination is Q 3 1 1 5 7.
A photograph of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 2 6 1 2 in white writing on a black background. The plate is mounted to the front of a blue Audi, which is on the right side of the photo. A man in a grey suit, carrying a brown leather satchel, visible from the chest down, is walking towards the Audi from the left side of the photo. An office building is in the background.

Nothing says 'Classic' like black and white

Comes in one classic, sleek, minimal design

A photograph of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 2 6 1 2 in white writing on a black background. The plate is mounted to the front of a blue Audi, which is on the right side of the photo. A man in a grey suit, carrying a brown leather satchel, visible from the chest down, is walking towards the Audi from the left side of the photo. An office building is in the background.

Specifications

Compatible vehicles

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Combination formats

A Q Plate, featuring the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 2 3 in white writing on a black background.
Unavailable

Q followed by 1–3 numbers Sold out

Available second-hand or via auction.

A Q Plate, featuring the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 2 0 2 0 in white writing on a black background.
Unavailable

Q followed by 4 numbers Sold out

Available second-hand or via auction.

A Q Plate, featuring the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 9 1 9 1 in white writing on a black background.
Unavailable

Q followed by 5 numbers Sold out

Available second-hand or via auction.

A Q Plate, featuring the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 9 1 0 9 3 in white writing on a black background.
Unavailable

Q followed by 6 numbers Sold out

Available second-hand or via auction.

Handcrafted letters

Made from traditional aluminium, each character is individually cast and powder coated.

Simplicity from every angle.

Click and drag, or use the buttons.

Genuine. Certified.

Each set of Q Plates comes with a Certificate of Authenticity to verify the plates are a genuine recreation of Queensland's first official registration plates, issued between 1921-1955 under the Traffic Regulation Act.

A photograph of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 1 1 in white writing on a black background. The plate sits next to its certificate of authenticiy. The plate and certificate sit on top of their gold-embossed black presentation box.
A photograph of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 1 1 in white writing on a black background. The plate sits next to its certificate of authenticiy. The plate and certificate sit on top of their gold-embossed black presentation box.

A century of
Q Plates

Learn about the history and legacy of Q Plates which have been proudly displayed on Queenslanders' vehicles for the last 100 years.

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If the unexpected happens

Q Plates are made to last. But if your plates are ever damaged, you can have them remade.

An image of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 8 7 2 in white writing on a black background. The plate is dirty, scuffed, chipped, and dented.
An image of a Q Plate. The plate features the letter Q in black writing on a white background, followed by the numbers 1 8 7 2 in white writing on a black background. The plate is sparkling and in pristine condition.
How do I attach my Q Plate to my car?

Your Q plate comes with four pre-drilled holes. One in each corner. This should make it easy to attach the plates to your car using the existing screws from your old plates or new screws. If you need other holes, ensure they are not drilled in between the characters as this can cause visibility issues on the road.

If you’ve ordered a set of brand new plates, you’ll need to complete the Remove and/or Attach Personalised Plates form and take it to your nearest Department of Transport and Main Roads. When lodging your form, you’ll need to hand in any existing standard issue plates that were attached to your car.

Once you’ve lodged the form, you can attach your new plates! Just be sure to advise your insurance company, roadside assistance and toll road company of the changes.

If you’ve ordered a replacement set of your existing personalised plates, there is no form required as your registration number won’t change. Just remove your old plates and replace them with the new ones, making sure to hand in your old plates to the Department of Transport and Main Roads within 14 days.

You can start a LayBy with PPQ and secure your perfect combination with as little as a 20% deposit. Depending on your plate design, you will have 4 or 7 months to pay them off. We only require a monthly minimum but if you want to get your plates sooner, you can do that too.

Once you choose your plate design and combination in Create A Plate, choose the ‘LayBy’ option at checkout and you’re good to go.

Remember, you can make changes to an active LayBy at no extra cost before your final payment! Click here to visit the LayBy page for additional information.

No, you can purchase plates just for future, or as a collector's item just ensure your plates are kept in a safe and secure place.

When you’re ready to attach them to your car, simply fill out the Remove and/or Attach Form and lodge it at your local Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.

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