Registering a heavy vehicle in NSW

A heavy vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle or trailer that has a Gross Vehicle Mass greater than 4.5 tonnes. There are specific registration requirements for heavy vehicles in NSW.

Vehicles which must be registered

All vehicles, including trailers, which are driven or towed on NSW roads must be registered.

There are some limited circumstances in which vehicles may be driven unregistered. See unregistered vehicles for information.

Who can register a heavy vehicle?

A heavy vehicle can be registered in the name of one person, or in the name of an incorporated organisation. Vehicles cannot be registered in more than one name.

The person or organisation named on the Certificate of Registration is considered the registered operator of the vehicle, and is responsible for it.

Important: The registered operator is not necessarily the owner of the vehicle.

As an individual, you must be at least 18 years old to register a heavy vehicle.

Changes to NSW heavy vehicle registration

There have been a number of changes to heavy vehicle registration in NSW. These include:

  • a new national heavy vehicle plate and a nationally consistent plate fee of $25
  • heavy vehicle registration labels will no longer be required
  • fleet operators with two or more vehicles will be eligible for the common expiry date scheme.

As of 1 October 2018, operators will have read only access to their fleet registration details on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on-line Portal.

Roads and Maritime Services will continue to manage and administer vehicle registration services in NSW, such as new registrations and renewals.

Are you a Federal Interstate Registration scheme (FIRS) customer?

The Federal Interstate Registration scheme (FIRS) has been closed to new registrations and renewals. FIRS operators are no longer be able to establish or re-register under FIRS.

Any new vehicles not previously registered under FIRS may be subject to Stamp Duty, registration and inspection fees when establishing the vehicle in NSW.

The FIRS will be completely removed by 1 July 2019.

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

See more information on FIRS.

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