Unregistered vehicle penalties

Fine amounts are for information and are a guide only. They are subject to change at any time without notice.

What penalties apply for unregistered or uninsured vehicles in NSW?

There are heavy penalties for using an unregistered or uninsured vehicle in NSW. A vehicle becomes unregistered when the registration is not renewed by the expiry date or when the registration is cancelled or suspended. When a vehicle is unregistered, Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance is usually not valid. This means that the vehicle may also be uninsured.

The table below lists the basic fines and penalties but heavier fines are imposed if the matter goes to court. The driver/registered operator of the vehicle could be fined.

Penalties for drivers of unregistered vehicles

(effective 1 July 2014)

Offence Light vehicle Heavy vehicle (GVM>4.5 tonnes) Trailers
Use an unregistered vehicle $623 $1315 and 4 demerit points $623
Use an uninsured vehicle $623 $623 Not applicable

 Penalties for the last registered operator of an unregistered vehicle

(effective 1 July 2014)

Offence Light vehicles Heavy vehicles (GVM>4.5 tonnes) Trailers
Cause or permit use of unregistered vehicles $623 $623 $623
Cause or permit use of uninsured vehicles $623 $623 Not applicable

Fines and penalties information is a guide only and is subject to change at any time without notice.