Transfer your registration
You need to transfer a vehicle’s registration into your name when it comes into your possession or management, for example if you buy a vehicle or inherit one. If you sell a vehicle, you’ll need to lodge a Notice of Disposal.
Buying a vehicle
When you’re considering buying a vehicle, there are a number of checks you should make to help with your decision:
- Use Roads and Maritime Service’s Check registration and history online service, or the Service NSW mobile app, to find out basic details about the vehicle for free, or to buy a comprehensive information report
- Search the online Personal Property Securities Register to see if there’s any money owing on the vehicle, or if it’s been reported stolen
- Download the official My next car app from NSW Fair Trading.
Important: Roads and Maritime Services record the registered operator of a vehicle but do not record ownership of that vehicle. The registered operator is not necessarily the ‘owner’ of the vehicle but the person who assumes responsibility for the vehicle under road transport law.
If the vehicle you’re looking at has no number plates, it may be subject to a sanction under the Vehicle Sanctions Scheme. See Street racing and other ‘hoon’ offences for information.
Buying a vehicle with special number plates
If you’re buying a vehicle with special number plates and the plates are being transferred with the vehicle, all rights and obligations applicable to the special number plates will transfer to you as the customer receiving the Special Number Plates. This may include the activation of an annual fee for Personalised plates which did not previously attract an annual fee.
Transferring the registration into your name
Once you’ve bought the vehicle, you’ll need to transfer it into your name within 14 days of it coming into your possession or management. If you do not, a late transfer surcharge may apply.
You can transfer registration online, or in person at a registry or service centre.
Note: You can’t transfer registration into an organisation’s name online. Please attend a registry or service centre in person.
- The previous registered operator of the vehicle (the seller) must have lodged a Notice of Disposal
- You need an online account. If you’re not already recorded on Roads and Maritime systems, you’ll need to attend a registry or service centre in person
- You must pay the transfer costs by credit card.
In person at a registry or service centre
To transfer registration in person, you’ll need to provide:
- A completed Application for Transfer form
- Proof of your identity. If you’re registering the vehicle in the name of an organisation, you need to complete the Representative’s Authority section on the Application for Registration form
- If you send someone else to transfer the registration to your name, you’ll need to complete the Representative’s Authority section on the Application for Registration. Your representative must also provide their own proof of identity
- Important: If you’re not already recorded in Roads and Maritime systems, you cannot send a representative – you must attend in person
- Proof of your entitlement to register the vehicle
- Payment for:
- Transfer fee
- Stamp duty (unless you’re exempt)
- Motor vehicle tax, if you bought the vehicle from someone who received a concession on vehicle tax (for example a pensioner), and you’re not entitled to that concession
- Annual Fee (Varies depending on the style and content). See the myPlates website or phone 13 17 58 for information. .
Selling a vehicle
When you sell a vehicle, there are two things you need to do to make sure Roads and Maritime records are updated correctly:
- Provide the new registered operator with a document that proves their entitlement to register the vehicle. See Proof of registration entitlement for information about acceptable documents
- Lodge a Notice of Disposal for the vehicle.
Notice of Disposal
When you sell a vehicle, or it’s no longer in your possession, it’s your responsibility to notify Roads and Maritime by lodging a Notice of Disposal. There is no charge.
If you forget to tell us that you no longer have the vehicle, you could be held responsible for parking and other driving offences until the new registered operator transfers the registration into their name. Lodging a Notice of Disposal helps you avoid unnecessary fines.
If you receive an enforcement notice for a vehicle you no longer have in your possession, you normally have an opportunity to advise the issuing agency that you’re no longer responsible for the vehicle, generally by submitting a Statutory Declaration. Contact the agency that issued the enforcement notice for more information.
To lodge a Notice of Disposal, you must have all of the following information:
- Your name, or the organisation’s name
- Signature of the registered operator. If the vehicle was registered in two names, then only the primary (first listed) operator’s signature is required
- Plate number
- Date of disposal.
- If possible, you should also include the following additional information, particularly the name and address of the new operator:
- Vehicle details (you can find this information on the Certificate of Registration):
- Year built
- Engine number
- VIN/Chassis number
- Your details:
- Driver licence number or Roads and Maritime customer number
- Reason for the disposal
- New operator’s details:
- Name or organisation’s name
- Date of birth (not for organisations)
- Selling price or market price, whichever is higher
- Driver licence number or Roads and Maritime customer number
You can lodge a Notice of Disposal:
- Online – provided the new operator is a NSW resident with a NSW driver licence.
- Post – you can complete the Notice of Disposal on the back of the vehicle's Certificate of Registration or print out and fill in the Notice of Disposal (PDF, 262Kb) form, then post it to
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870
- In person – at any registry or service centre. You can complete the Notice of Disposal on the back of the vehicle’s Certificate of Registration, or you can print out and fill in the Notice of Disposal (PDF, 262Kb) form.
Selling a vehicle with special number plates
If you’re selling a vehicle with special number plates that have additional annual fees, you should let the new operator know, as the plates and their fees go with the vehicle.
Keeping the number plates
If you’re selling or otherwise disposing of a vehicle and you want to keep the number plates, you’ll need to take action before you sell the vehicle.
To keep the plates, you have the following options:
- Exchange the number plates for plates on another vehicle registered in your name
- Reserve the number plates at a registry or Service NSW centre, and have standard plates issued to the vehicle instead.
A vehicle’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance (green slip) remains in place and automatically transfers to the new operator when the registration is transferred.
As the new registered operator, you don’t need to do anything with respect to CTP insurance, until the vehicle’s registration is due for renewal.
Transfers due to death
There are strict requirements around transferring a vehicle’s registration due to the death of the registered operator. See Deceased estates for information.