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Nominated Operator FAQ's

1. What is a designated operator?

A Nominated operator is the person who will receive all relevant infringement notices that have not been served on the actual driver of the vehicle eg speed camera offences, and be responsible for payment of the fine and any demerit points, or for nominating the driver if it was not the Nominated operator by using a Statutory Declaration. All vehicles registered with two (joint) registered operators are required to have a Nominated operator.

2. Why do we need to nominate a Nominated operator?

Without a Nominated operator, a traffic infringement notice is issued to joint registered operators. A Statutory Declaration must be completed to identify the actual driver of the vehicle at the time of the offence. The infringement notice is then reissued in that name. With a Nominated operator the infringement will be issued in one name. Because the Nominated operator would normally be the usual driver, it is more likely that you won't have the extra requirement of having to complete a Statutory Declaration.

3. Who can be the Nominated operator?

Either of the two joint registered operators can be the Nominated operator. The Nominated operator would normally be the usual driver of the vehicle.

4. My car is in joint names but the person who normally drives the car is not listed as a joint operator. Can he be the Nominated operator?

No. Only one of the two joint registered operators can be the Nominated operator. The only way for this to change is if the vehicle is transferred out of the joint registered operators' names into other names. Duty and transfer fees will apply.

5. What will happen if we don't nominate a Nominated operator?

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles will choose one of the two joint registered operators to be the Nominated operator. However, to do this we need to ensure the identity of the Nominated operator is correct. If the Nominated operator has not had or does not hold a Tasmanian driver licence and has no record on our system, they will need to provide proof of identity to a Service Tasmania shop before they can be recorded as a Nominated operator.

6. If I am the Nominated operator will I receive the demerit points?

The traffic infringement notice will be issued to you, and when you pay the demerit points will be allocated to you. However, if you were not the driver at the time of the offence you can complete a Statutory Declaration identifying the actual driver, and a traffic infringement notice will be reissued to the identified driver.

7. Will both of us still be recorded as joint registered operators on our registration paperwork?

Yes. This will not change our records. You will both remain as joint registered operators and both names will be shown on all registration paperwork.

8. Can I change the nominated Nominated operator?

Yes. You can change the Nominated operator from one of the two joint registered operators to the other at any time.

9. Who can change or nominate a Nominated operator?

Either of the two joint registered operators can change or nominate the Nominated operator. They can nominate themselves or the other joint registered operator as the Nominated operator.

10. Can I change the Nominated operator over the phone?

Yes, providing you are one of the two joint registered operators and the nominated Nominated operator has an individual record on our register.

11. How often can the Nominated operator be changed?

You can change the Nominated operator as many times as you like.

12. How much will it cost me to change the Nominated operator?

There is no charge.

13. Do I need to complete a form?

No. You can ring us on 1300 135 513 and we can confirm your identity over the phone. Please have your Tasmanian driver licence number ready.

14. What Identification do I need?

The telephone consultants will identify you by asking for your Tasmanian driver licence number, full name, date of birth etc. If your identity can be verified over the phone and the Nominated operator (which must be one of the two joint registered operators of the vehicle) that you nominate is recorded on our database, the transaction will be completed.

If the telephone consultant is unsure of your identity, or the proposed Nominated operator does not have an individual record on our database (ie maybe an interstate driver licence) the nominated designated operator will need to provide proof of identity to Service Tasmania before being entered onto the database. This is to ensure that every individual on our database has been identified.

15. Do I have to nominate a Nominated operator for my caravan/trailer?

Yes. All vehicles registered in joint names must have a Nominated operator.

16. Does the record show who nominated the Nominated operator?

We can tell if the Registrar of Motor Vehicles selected the Nominated operator. As only one of the two registered operators can nominate the Nominated operator, if it was not you it must have been the other registered operator of your vehicle.

17. How can I find out who the Nominated operator of my vehicle is?

You can ask in person at Service Tasmania or phone 1300 135 513. We will only tell you who the Nominated operator is if you are one of the two registered operators.

18. Will you notify me when the Nominated operator is changed to me?

No, however you can find out at any time by ringing our enquiry service or asking in person at Service Tasmania.

19. My husband is on the pension. If I become the Nominated operator will this mean I am no longer eligible for concessions?

No. The Nominated operator will have no effect on registration costs or concessions.

20. I've lost the letter you sent me, what do I do?

The letter is not necessary to nominate a Nominated operator. You can ring Service Tasmania on 1300 135 513 or international +61 3 6169 9017 and we can confirm your identity over the phone. Please have your Tasmanian driver licence ready.