Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS)

The Australian Government announced on 22 May 2018 that the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) will close to renewals and new applicants as of 1 July 2018. The scheme will then close completely on 1 July 2019.

All FIRS registrations or renewals that are due on or before 30 June 2018 and are finalised on or before 30 June 2018 will be valid until registration expiry or 30 June 2019 (whichever comes first).

Existing FIRS operators with registrations expiring on or after 1 July 2018 will be required to apply for NSW registration. You will not be charged stamp duty on this transaction. You or your representative will need to personally attend a Service NSW Centre to register the vehicle and surrender the FIRS number plates. New number plates will then be issued at no charge (please note this does not include custom and personalised ‘myplates’). Current NSW registration fees will apply.

Existing FIRS operators will receive separate information from NSW Roads and Maritime to assist them with their transition to NSW registration.

The closure of FIRS coincides with changes to NSW heavy vehicle registration.

The information below applies to operators with current FIRS registrations only. If you are looking to establish heavy vehicle registration on or after 1 July 2018 you will need to apply for NSW registration.

Operating FIRS vehicles in NSW until FIRS closure on 30 June 2019

Vehicles registered under FIRS until 30 June 2019 are entitled to operate on NSW roads only if they are involved in the carriage of goods or passengers between Australian jurisdictions. This includes an intrastate component of the journey if it involves the carriage of goods which are sourced or destined for interstate.

FIRS vehicles may also be used for purposes that are ‘incidental’ to the carriage of goods or passengers between jurisdictions.

Incidental use may include an unladen journey between two places within a jurisdiction for the purpose of collecting the goods or passengers that will be transported to another jurisdiction.

For practical reasons, FIRS vehicles may also travel unladen between two places within a jurisdiction for servicing or inspecting the vehicle.

FIRS vehicles operated outside these guidelines are considered unregistered. Operating or causing or permitting the operation of unregistered heavy vehicles may result in penalties and/or demerit points. See unregistered vehicles for more information.

Applying for FIRS registration up until 30 June 2018

Please note FIRS will no longer be available to new registrations or renewals from 1 July 2018. You may register or renew with FIRS up until 30 June 2018. To register your vehicle under FIRS, you must attend a Service NSW Centre in person and provide the following:

  • A completed Application for Registration form
  • A completed Description of Heavy Vehicle / Trailer form
  • A completed Declaration of Eligibility for a Registration Concession
  • An inspection report proving that the vehicle is suitable for safe use
    • Note: Operators accredited under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Hire Trailer Maintenance Management Accreditation Scheme (HTMMAS) are exempt from inspection requirements when changing their registration from NSW FIRS to general, general to NSW FIRS and re-establish FIRS registration.  This does not apply to interstate registered general or FIRS vehicles changing to NSW registration.
  • Evidence of a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance covering the registration period.

Fees and charges

FIRS vehicles are subject to national heavy vehicle registration charges and inspection fees.

Changing a NSW-registered vehicle to FIRS up until 30 June 2018

Any operator of a NSW-registered heavy vehicle with a GVM of more than 4.5 tonnes who wants to use the vehicle solely for interstate trade or commerce can apply for FIRS registration up until 30 June 2018. Operators wishing to register a heavy vehicle after this date will need to apply for NSW Registration

You must surrender the NSW number plates and establish a new FIRS registration for the vehicle. See the section on Applying for FIRS Registration for the steps to take.

Operators accredited under the NHVAS and HTMMAS are exempt from inspection requirements when changing the registration from NSW FIRS to NSW registration.

FIRS vehicles are exempt from stamp duty.

Please note, the Australian Government has announced the closure of FIRS  from 1 July 2018. Customers transferring to FIRS registration before this date will be required to transfer their registration back to NSW registration upon the expiry of your registration.

Renewing a FIRS registration up until 30 June 2018

FIRS-registered vehicles may be renewed online, by phoning the Interactive Voice Response System on 1300 360 782 or in person at a Service NSW centre.

Note: Vehicles in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Hire Trailer Maintenance Management Accreditation Scheme (HTMMAS) are exempt from annual inspection requirements including RMS-HVIS inspections.

You will only be able to renew a FIRS registration for one quarterly, half yearly, or twelve month period after which you will need to apply for NSW registration.

FIRS customers transitioning to NSW registration

To transfer your FIRS vehicle registration to NSW registration you will need to:

  • Visit your nearest Service NSW Centre in person and surrender your FIRS plates
  • Complete the Application for Registration form
  • Provide an inspection report proving that the vehicle is suitable for safe use
  • Provide evidence of Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance covering the vehicle/s for the registration period.

Service NSW will provide you with new plates to put on your vehicle/s.

FIRS registrations transferring to NSW registration will still be subject to national heavy vehicle registration charges and inspection fees.

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