Overdue registration

If you don’t renew your registration by its expiry date, your vehicle is unregistered.

Registration expired less than three months

If your registration is expired less than three months, you can still renew it.

The new registration period will start from the date you make the payment, however the expiry date remains the same – you will not get a full year of registration.

For example, if your registration expires on 1 August, and you don’t renew until 1 October, your next renewal will still be due on 1 August the following year.

Note: If an unregistered vehicle is parked on a road or road related area Police have the authority to seize the number plates if the registration has expired more than 15 days. In this case you are no longer eligible to renew the registration and you must apply to Get a NSW registration.

For short term registration of light vehicles (up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass), if you don't renew the registration within 21 days, you cannot renew with a six month term. You will need a 12 month CTP insurance policy, and you may need another vehicle inspection. See Short term registration and Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance.

Alternatively, you can voluntarily cancel the registration and apply for a new registration. This will ensure the vehicle is registered for a full year from the date of payment, however you’ll have to hand in your number plates, and your vehicle will require a design, identity and safety check at an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS). See Getting a NSW registration for more information.

Registration expired more than three months

If you don’t renew your registration within three months of its expiry date, Roads and Maritime will cancel it.

You’ll receive written notification of the intention to cancel about two weeks after the expiry date, as a registration renewal reminder notice.

You must return the number plates to a registry or service centre within 14 days of the cancellation date.

It is an offence to keep number plates after this date.

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