Registration costs and concessions
Registration costs are a combination of administration fees and taxes or charges. You may be eligible for a concession on these costs.
Automatic registration renewal for concession card holders
If you're an eligible concession card holder with zero payment owing on your registration renewal notice, automatic registration renewal allows for your registration to be renewed automatically. You need to meet the necessary criteria, and Transport for NSW must receive confirmation you have purchased Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance and obtained a vehicle inspection (if required). Find out more about Automatic registration renewal for concession card holders.
GST on registration costs
Goods and Services Tax is not applicable on registration costs, except for:
- CTP insurance premium for conditional registration and Unregistered Vehicle Permits
- Heavy vehicle inspection fees.
Heavy vehicle registration charges
Heavy vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass more than 4.5 tonnes attract registration charges based on the GVM, number of axles and configuration. See Heavy vehicle registration charges.
Light vehicle registration costs
Registration costs are a combination of administration fees and taxes. Most light vehicle registration includes a motor vehicle tax component. Revenue from this tax helps fund road construction and maintenance.
See Registration costs for detailed information.
Non-lower taxed and lower taxed vehicles
In August 2010, changes to vehicle tax were introduced for some vehicles.
Affected vehicles are known as non-lower taxed vehicles. Unaffected vehicles are known as lower taxed vehicles.
Non-lower taxed vehicles
Cars, buses, trucks and plant vehicles between 976 kg and 2504 kg tare weight are non-lower taxed vehicles, unless the specific vehicle is listed as a lower taxed vehicle.
Lower taxed vehicles
Effective 6 October 2015, the Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) no longer provides a 'star rating' system. The 'star rating' system used by Roads and Maritime to determine lower taxed vehicles is replaced with carbon dioxide (CO2) emission.
Lower taxed vehicles must now meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Manufacturer designated petrol-electric hybrid, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicles with CO2 emissions no higher than 150 grams/kilometre (g/km) in the 'combined' driving cycle
- Previously eligible lower taxed vehicles with a rating of 4½ or 5 stars continue to be eligible for the lower tax
- Current eligible models (vehicles previously rated 4½ or 5 star marked with *):
Audi A3 Sportsback e-tron
BMW I01 i3*
BMW I01 i3 BEV
BMW I01 i3 Rex
BMW F15 X5 xDrive40E
BMW F30 3 Series 330E
BMW F30 3 Series ActiveHybrid 3*
BMW 7 Series 740iH*
Honda Civic Hybrid*
Honda Insight VTi*
Honda Insight VTiL*
Hyundai Ioniq EV
Hyundai Kona EV
Infiniti Y51 M35H*
Lexus LS600H Hybrid*
Lexus LS600HL Hybrid*
Lexus CT200H Hybrid*
Lexus RX450H Hybrid*
Lexus GS450H Hybrid*
Lexus ES300H Hybrid*
Lexus GS300H Hybrid*
Lexus IS300H Hybrid*
Lexus RX400H Hybrid*
Mercedes-Benz 213 E Class E350e
Mercedes-Benz 205 C Class C350e
Mercedes-Benz 205 C Class C350 Te
Mercedes Benz E Class E300BT
Mercedes-Benz GLE Class GLE500e
Mercedes-Benz S300 Class BlueTEC
Mitsubishi ZJ Outlander*
Nissan ZE0 Leaf*
Nissan ZE1 Leaf
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid*
Renault Kangoo ZE
Tesla Model S 60 kWh*
Tesla model S 60 kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 70 kWh
Tesla Model S 70 kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 85 kWh*
Tesla Model S 85 kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance*
Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 90kWh
Tesla Model S 90kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 90 kWh Performance Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 100kWh Performance Dual Motor
Tesla Model S 100DB Dual Base Motor
Tesla Model X 60kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model X 75kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model X 90 kWh Dual Motor
Tesla Model X 90 kWh Performance Dual Motor
Tesla Model X 100XB Dual Base Motor
Tesla Model X 100 kWh Performance Dual Motor
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (E1RB)
Tesla Model 3 Long range base (E3DB)
Tesla Model 3 Performance (E3DP)
Tesla Model 3 (E3RB)
Tesla Model S Standard Range (SA1EB)
Tesla Model S Long Range (SA3EB)
Tesla Model S Performance (SA3EP)
Tesla Model X Standard Range (XA1EB)
Tesla Model X Long Range (XA3EB)
Tesla Model X Performance (XA3EP)
Toyota Camry Hybrid*
Toyota Prius Hybrid*
Toyota Prius C Hybrid*
Toyota RAV4 GXL
Toyota RAV4 GX
Toyota RAV4 Cruiser
Volvo XC90 Excellence
Volvo XC90 T8
- Other manufacturer designated petrol-electric hybrid vehicles with a rating of 4.5 or 5 stars on the Commonwealth Government’s Green Vehicle Guide may also be eligible
Green Vehicle Guide: © Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) 2014. Limited End-user licence provided by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development: You may print and reproduce views obtained from the Green Vehicle Guide data, retaining this notice, for your personal use only. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development gives no warranty regarding the Green Vehicle Guide data's accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose.
- Vehicles modified for wheelchair transport and for private use only. If you’re the registered operator of this type of vehicle, you’ll need to go to a registry or service centre in person and provide:
- A completed Declaration of eligibility for concession
- The Compliance Certificate certifying the modifications to the vehicle
- Commonwealth Carer Allowance recipients. If you receive a Commonwealth Carer Payment or Carer Allowance from Centrelink, you’re in the lower taxed category, however this applies to one vehicle per eligible carer.
Find out how much electric vehicles cost to buy and run and where to find charging stations in NSW.
Caravans, trailers and motorcycles
Caravans, trailers and motorcycles are exempt from the one-off increase.
Stamp duty is collected by Roads and Maritime Services on behalf of the Office of State Revenue when registration is issued to a different person or corporation. Stamp duty is based on the market value of the vehicle or the price you paid, whichever is greater.
Stamp duty is calculated at $3 per $100, or part, of the vehicle's value.
For passenger vehicles valued over $45,000 with seating for up to 9 occupants, including:
- A sedan
- Station wagon
- Four wheel drive vehicle with seats and windows
- Two wheel drive panel van with seats and windows
- Three wheel car
- Forward control passenger vehicle
- Small bus
- Motor home
- Snow vehicle
the rate of stamp duty is $1,350 plus $5 per $100, or part, of the vehicle's value over $45,000
You can use this method to calculate the amount of stamp duty payable for your vehicle, or you can use the Office of State Revenue’s Stamp duty calculator.
For more information, contact Roads and Maritime by calling 13 22 13.
Caravans and camper trailers are exempt from stamp duty.
Certain DVA pensioners are exempt from paying stamp duty. See Pensioner concessions for information.
New heavy trailers registered in NSW are exempt from paying stamp duty:
- The stamp duty exemption applies to the initial NSW registration of new heavy trailers
- For the purposes of this exemption, heavy trailers are defined as:
- Trailers with a Gross Vehicle Mass more than 4.5 tonnes
- Trailer means a vehicle that is built to be towed, or is towed, by a motor vehicle, but does not include a motor vehicle that is being towed.
There are a number of other stamp duty exemptions. See the Office of State Revenue website for information.
Eligible pensioners do not have to pay the following:
- Registration fees, including HVIS inspection fees
- Motor vehicle tax
- Conditional registration fees
- Transfer fee and stamp duty, for DVA pensioners only who:
- Receive a disability pension of 70 per cent of higher
- An Intermediate, Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) or Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA) pension
- Who have been assessed under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 at 50 or more impairment points.
The pensioner concession applies to one vehicle per eligible customer.
An eligible pensioner is anyone who holds or receives one of the following:
- A current Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), issued by Services Australia-Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), showing a NSW address
- A DVA Gold Card endorsed 'TPI' (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated)
- A DVA Gold Card endorsed 'EDA' (Extreme Disablement Adjustment)
- A letter or statement/determination from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, stating that you receive a disability pension of 70 per cent or higher, or an Intermediate or Extreme Disablement Adjustment Pension, or you have been assessed under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, at 50 or more impairment points
- A DVA Gold Card endorsed 'War Widow'
- A DVA Gold Card endorsed 'War Widower'.
A pensioner who acquires a registered vehicle and cancels the registration within the first term may be eligible for a refund of the pro-rata motor vehicle tax.
Interstate-issued pensioner concession cards are not acceptable for claiming a concession in NSW.
Your eligibility for the concession will be validated electronically.
There are a small number of DVA customers who are eligible for pensioner concessions but do not hold a Gold Card or whose endorsed Gold Card will not validate. A letter stating your eligibility for a concession will be required. A letter is not required if your DVA Gold Card is endorsed ‘TPI’ or ‘EDA’.
Primary producer concessions
Primary producers can apply for a concession on their vehicle registration. Find out if you qualify as a primary producer and how to apply.
Apprentice registration rebate
A registration rebate of $100 is available to first and second year apprentices registered with the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
You can only claim the rebate once you’ve paid the registration or renewal fees, and you can only claim one rebate per financial year. In addition, the vehicle must:
- Be registered in NSW
- Be registered in the name of the eligible apprentice or jointly with an existing apprentice
- Be registered for general private or general business use
- Have been registered in the name of an eligible apprentice or jointly with an existing apprentice when the registration fee and motor vehicle tax were last paid
- Be due for renewal and paid after becoming an eligible apprentice.
The rebate will be paid directly into your nominated bank, building society or credit union account within 30 days of the application being received.
Need more information? See the Apprentice rebate frequently asked questions.