The following timeline is a guide for a COD application and represents a best case scenario;


Certificate of Description: Timeline

1. Documentation Submitted
2. Vehicle Inspection
3. Documentation Review
4. Rectification Work
5. COD Document Produced
6. Log Book

Historic Fees

  • Historic Certificate of Description (includes Logbook) Tier 1 - $1,215.50
  • Historic Certificate of Description (includes Logbook) Tier 2 - $1,029.00
  • Historic Certificate of Description (includes Logbook) Tier 3 - $847.50
  • Historic Certificate of Description AIP Tier 1 - $607.50
  • Historic Certificate of Description AIP Tier 2 - $514.50
  • Historic Certificate of Description AIP Tier 3 - $424.00
  • Historic Certificate of Description Upgrade (Current Specification) - $205.00
  • Historic Certificate of Description Replacement - Lost - $263.50
  • FIA Historic Technical Passport (HTP) with Motorsport Australia Logbook - $POA
  • FIA Historic Technical Passport (HTP) without Motorsport Australia Logbook - $POA
  • FIA Historic Technical Passport (HTP) Renewal/Transfer - $POA
  • Log Book Issuing Fee (Historic) [Group N&S] - $284.50
  • Temporary Permit to Compete - $164.50
The total process should take 12 weeks with little change required to the application. This number is only a guide as the application process could be shorter or longer pending arrangements and outcomes.

Applicants are advised that non-conforming photographs can cause considerable delay to this process and hence applicants are encouraged to take adequate care or engage professional help with this aspect.

The following timeline is a guide for the expiration date for dormant applications and timelines for AIP applications;

• Nil activity for one calendar year from last contact in regards to the application (letter sent). 
• Nil activity for two years and no response to Motorsport Australia's letter, application is considered nullified and will require a fresh application and fee should the application wish to be progressed.

Note: Should the applicant be in touch with Motorsport Australia or their representatives (HEO) and Motorsport Australia are made aware of the status and circumstances of the application, further time shall be granted.

All Approval in Principles (AIP) will have a fixed five year period, in which they are to be completed unless further time has been requested and approved. 


Certificate of Description: Photo Requirements

General photograph guidelines
Three quarter side view for the log book and COD
Suspension – Open wheel vehicle
Suspension – Touring / Sports Car
Intake and fuel system – Open wheel vehicle
Intake and fuel system – Touring / Sports car

The Digital photographs must be in colour, high quality, and appropriately sized.

The photographs must be sharp, in focus, without details hidden in shadow (use manual flash setting on bright days) and no objects in the back or foreground.

Remember, these photos will be representing your vehicle on the COD and we all want it looking at its best.


Appealing a Certificate of Description

The Appeal Procedure
The Review Panel Process

Minimum Requirements for a Standard CoD

This level of certification will apply to the majority of historic race cars, The vehicle will be required to meet the below criteria, The vehicle must have provenance and fully detailed history of prior ownership, with no gaps or unsubstantiated entries. 

• The type of proof required will include original logbooks programs, entry lists, race results, etc, or in the case of International cars, documentation from the relevant sanctioning body attesting to the car’s competition history.

Where the car has not retained its current specification throughout its competition life it is essential that the supporting information depicts the transition of the car from the start of its competition life to the year it now represents, covering the complete history of ownership, competition history, specification changes, and livery changes.

The vehicle’s mechanical specification must be totally original for the year that the car is nominated to represent. Substitute components for those that are either unavailable, or available only at a prohibitive cost, will be allowed, but only as approved and documented by the relevant eligibility committee.

• The livery/signage/decals must all be as per period photographs from the year that the car is nominated to represent.

• The vehicle should possess its original chassis/tub/frame/bodyshell, The vehicle may have a replacement chassis/tub/frame/bodyshell provided it was done in period and the previous chassis/tub/frame/bodyshell has been destroyed. 

• Changes in specification as may be required to meet current mandatory safety requirements that will be accepted. 

• In the case of racing and sports cars, the body colour of the vehicle may be different to that employed in the period, but other than for driver’s name and club affiliation, no other signage/decals are allowed. 

• In the case of Historic Touring cars, production sports cars with a history (Group T) and Sports Sedans (Group U) the cars may only be presented in their original livery, except that signage may be removed but not added, OR the vehicle may be presented in plain white. 

• In the case of cars with hand-made aluminium, steel or fibreglass bodywork, this may be replaced with new panels, but the replacement panels must be of the same material as the originals, unless expressly approved by the relevant eligibility committee. 

Individual Groups may have different criteria for the COD Requirements.


Minimum Requirements for a Qualified CoD

This level of certification will apply to two broad classes of vehicles.

Qualified COD will only be issued where Group Specific Rules Permit unverified competition history

• Those that do not have a period competition history but still require detailed documentation to ensure that they remain in their correct mechanical specification – this includes special-built vehicles classified in Groups Jb, Kb, Lc and Group T (competition variants), and

• Those that conform with the above criteria, except that a full line of history is currently unproven. Production numbers and original owners of most production racing and sports cars are well documented and marque specialists are able to attest to the originality of the majority of vehicles submitted for certification. However, owners are encouraged to continue to seek the missing pieces of information, which once proven will allow the vehicle’s status to be upgraded to Standard Certification.

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