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 as of 1 July 2018

Commencing 1 July 2018 there will be some 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, renewals.

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

On 22 May 2018, the Australian Government has announced the closure of FIRS. From 1 July 2018, FIRS operators will no longer be able to establish or re-register under FIRS. 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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