When the vehicle arrives in Australia, it must be driven directly to a weighbridge or safety check station for an inspection for registration purposes. On this journey it is exempt from registration, but must not stop anywhere or be taken home (except on a trailer).
You must go to a motor registry, or send an authorised representative, to register an imported vehicle.
Only vehicles that are registered overseas and are in NSW temporarily are not required to be registered. See Visiting overseas vehicle for more information.
What you need to provide:
- A certificate from a Roads and Maritime Services -approved Engineering Signatory, to confirm that the vehicle meets Australian standards.
- A Vehicle Import Approval from the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
- A weighbridge ticket.
Proof of your identity or if registering in the name of a business, proof that the company or organisation is a legal entity.
Proof of entitlement to register the vehicle.
- Proof of your residential address in NSW.
- A hard copy green slip or CTP policy receipt with the number plate section blank (except for trailers).
- The period of cover must be 12 months for light vehicles.
- Your green slip must be issued by a NSW insurance provider.
- An identity and safety check report (previously blue slip) from an Authorised Safety Check Station. Evidence of repairs if the vehicle is a repairable write-off.
- An engineer's certificate if the vehicle has been modified beyond the owner-certified level, or is an Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV).
- The number plates (if available).
- A completed application for registration form.
- Evidence of your eligibility for a pensioner or other concession if applicable.
A Representative's Authority if the vehicle is being registered in the name of an organisation, or if you send someone to register the vehicle for you.
- For a company: the Director or authorised delegate must complete and sign the Representative's section on the Application for Registration form, or provide a letter of authorisation on letterhead.
- In the case of an incorporated association: the Public Officer must sign.
- In all cases, the authorised representative must provide proof of their identity.
- All vehicles presented for registration (including interstate and imported vehicles) may need to be inspected by Roads and Maritime Services' Vehicle Identification and Inspection Unit (VIIU). There is an additional fee for this inspection. If your vehicle needs a VIIU inspection, you will be notified at the time of registration.