Ultra light utility vehicle

Conditional registration

Non-complying vehicles are only offered conditional registration if it is safe to do so and a complying vehicle cannot perform the function.

The following factors are considered when deciding an Application for Conditional Registration and the conditions that are applied to the registration:

  • The nature and extent of any failure of the vehicle to meet applicable vehicle standards
  • The safety of:
    • The vehicle operator
    • The vehicle’s passengers (if any)
    • The vehicle mixing with other normal complying vehicles
    • The vehicle mixing with pedestrians
  • Time of day or night of operation
  • Special considerations relating to the area of operation (if any).

Note: Operators of oversize and overmass vehicles must also comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. For more information contact Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371 for intrastate permits, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 for interstate permits.

Driver licence

Class C

Vehicle requirements

  • Conditional registration of ultra-light utility vehicles is only available in circumstances where the vehicle meets the following general conditions:
    • Will be used mostly off-road or off-road related areas, but needs limited access to the road network, and
    • Limited mixing with general traffic on sealed roads, and
    • Will be floated from site to site, unless a designated route or area of operation has been approved by Roads and Maritime Services
  • Ultra light utility vehicles cannot be conditionally registered for recreation use on the Stockton Beach Recreation Vehicle Area
  • Ultra-light utility vehicles may be conditionally registered when used by:
    • Primary producers for farming purposes
    • Surf life saving clubs on their specific beach
    • Livestock Health & Pest Authority work
    • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, their approved lessees or contractors.  If operating in national parks, use is restricted to specific areas approved by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
    • Forests NSW, their approved lessees or contractors for forest management operations
    • Game Council NSW in State forests for operational purposes under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 or Forestry Act 1916.  Use is restricted to specific areas approved by Forests NSW
    • Essential Energy for the delivery of electricity services within their network area when a complying vehicle cannot be used
      • Note:  for LO3 – Free text add: restricted to operating in the Essential Energy network area
      • Note:  for SP50 – Speed limited – this condition is ONLY for vehicles registered to Essential Energy
    • Local government councils and their weed control contractors may also conditionally register ultra-light utility vehicles for weed spraying operations only when they provide a letter stating:
      • The vehicle is approved for such operations by the manufacturer
      • The spray tank is compatible with the vehicle and will not destabilise it regardless of the percentage the spray tank is filled
      • When full, the combined weight of the spray tank, ancillary equipment and the operator will not exceed the vehicle’s maximum load limit as specified by the manufacturer
      • The vehicle configured with the spray tank and ancillary equipment will not be operated on slopes that exceed the manufacturer's specifications for such operations
      • The operator has undertaken accredited training in operating the vehicle.
  • Rally use:
    • Some ultra-light utility vehicles (such as the Can Am Commander 1000X, Can Am Commander 1000XT, Can Am Commander 800R and Polaris RZR XP 900) may be issued an Unregistered Vehicle Permit (UVP) for rally use
    • The following mandatory conditions must be applied:
      • LO3 – Restricted to designated area/routes – (specify the event for which the permit is issued)
      • LO99 – Must be floated from site to site

Equipment requirements

  • All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017 for light vehicles or Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation (NSW) for heavy vehicles.
  • Rear mudguards / flaps required only when used on road or road related areas
  • At least lap type seat belts required for all seating positions.
Equipment Daylight/floodlit use 24 hour use
Amber rotating beacon Yes Yes
Brake and turn lights Yes Yes
Headlights, tail and number plate lights No Yes
Rear reflectors Yes Yes
Rear and side reflective tape No No
Rear vision mirror(s) Yes Yes
Horn Yes Yes


Condition Code
Daylight / floodlit worksite use only
Not required if vehicle has headlights, tail and number plate lights
Restricted to designated areas / routes LO3 + free text
OR farming purposes only (if CTP class is FARM). GO93
Speed limited SP20
OR speed limited – applies only to vehicles registered to Essential Energy SP50
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving SL1
Weed spraying by (insert name) with speed limited to 40km/h (omit SP20) Free text for weed spraying
Must not be used within 3m of the sealed/formed road, except for the purpose of crossing a road/loading/unloading Free text for weed spraying

Roads and Maritime Services office use

Code type Code
Vehicle shape PUT / PTP
Compulsory Third Party insurance class
Note: If FARM or UFRM, a Declaration of Eligibility for a Registration Concession (PDF) must be presented with the Application for Conditional Registration (PDF).

Conditional registration:

Unregistered vehicle
permit – USVE / UFRM

Registration usage Not applicable
Share this page: