Do I need a rego sticker?
From 1 January 2013, registration labels for light vehicles (including motorcycles and trailers) up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) are abolished. See No more rego stickers for light vehicles for more information.
Where on my vehicle should I attach the rego sticker?
If your vehicle requires a sticker, it should be stuck on the inside of the lower-left portion of the front windscreen or on a fixed glass panel on the left-hand side of your vehicle.
For vehicles where is it not possible or practical to attach the sticker to the windscreen or a window, it should be affixed on or adjacent to the vehicle's rear number plate without obscuring the number plate characters.
Suitable holders may be purchased from most automotive retail suppliers. Please note that the holder should not obscure the label in any way.
What's the best way to remove the old registration sticker from my vehicle?
How does a vehicle become unregistered?
Your vehicle is unregistered if the registration is not renewed by the expiry date. Driving an unregistered vehicle is a serious offence. It is illegal and can have significant legal and financial implications for the driver and last registered operator of the vehicle. If you have a crash while driving an unregistered or uninsured vehicle you could be held personally liable for compensation to any person injured and your financial position could be jeopardised. See Driving unregistered vehicles for more information.
Don’t risk it.
If you fail to renew your vehicle’s registration within three months of the expiry date, the registration will be cancelled. You must return the number plates to a registry or service centre within 14 days of the cancellation date, and it is an offence to keep the number plates after this date.
Does my vehicle need a safety inspection?
Most light vehicles including cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, panel vans, caravans, trailers and four wheel drives up to five years old are exempt a safety inspection for registration renewal.
The exemption does not apply to heavy vehicles, buses, public passenger vehicles, taxis and hire cars.
If your registration renewal notice says 'Inspection required' you will need a safety check or a Roads and Maritime Services Heavy Vehicle Safety Check. To find out more about what type of safety check you need and details of inspection stations in your area, see Get a safety check.
What are owner-certified modifications?
Owner-certified modifications are generally those modifications which were optional equipment to the vehicle concerned.
Owner-certified modifications also include some non-standard modifications of a minor nature which do not affect the level of safety, strength, or reliability of vital systems such as brakes and steering.
These modifications have little or no impact on the vehicle's level of compliance with the Australian Design Rules. The modified vehicle must be presented to and pass a vehicle identity and safety check at AUVIS or HVAIS.
What are Individually Constructed Vehicles (ICVs)?
Vehicles built on specially constructed floorplans or chassis structures are referred to as Individually Constructed Vehicles (ICVs). Some extensively modified production vehicles are also classified as ICVs. These vehicles must comply with current design and safety standards as well as meeting recognised standards for strength and controllability.
My interstate vehicle has been issued a surrogate Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), what do I need to do?
Vehicles that have been issued with surrogate VINs by interstate registration authorities can be identified, but not restricted to, as having the characters V97.
Surrogate VINs were issued to imported or illegitimate body shells used to 'repair' wrecked or written-off Australian vehicles. These body shells are in many cases from vehicles imported to Australia without a Commonwealth Vehicle Import Approval for legal road use and are not eligible to be registered. Surrogate VINs were issued interstate as a concession to re-register a written-off vehicle.
In NSW, rebirthed vehicles or vehicles imported for dismantling are not acceptable for purposes of registration. The matter of which a vehicle has been given concession by another interstate authority to register the vehicle does not mean the vehicle will be registered in NSW.
It has been a national requirement since 1988 for people to obtain prior written approval from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to import any vehicle into Australia.
If a vehicle import approval document cannot be provided for any vehicle not fitted with an approved Compliance Plate, it is considered that the vehicle was imported for dismantling and as such it cannot be used for road transport.