Safety checks and inspections

Transport for NSW maintains inspection and certification schemes to make sure that all vehicles meet minimum safety requirements. Most vehicles require a safety check before you can renew registration. Other inspections may be required for different vehicle types.

Safety check required when renewing your registration

Generally, light vehicles more than five years old require a safety check (previously called a pink slip) before you can renew the registration. Light vehicles include:

  • passenger cars
  • goods carrying vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (without power-operated brakes)
  • all motorcycles
  • trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (including those fitted with breakaway brakes, but not including those fitted with air or vacuum (breakaway) braking systems).

Your registration renewal notice, except in the case of some point to point transport vehicles, will state whether or not you need an inspection.

Vehicles used to provide point to point transport services must have a safety check at least once a year.

Safety checks can only be performed at an Authorised Inspection Scheme station or mobile pink slip provider. The results will be sent to Transport for NSW electronically.

Once your vehicle has passed the safety check inspection, you can renew the registration.

Validity of safety check inspection reports

Light vehicle safety check inspection reports are valid for six months (excluding public passenger vehicles). This means that you’ll need to use the report to renew registration within six months of having the safety check.

Interstate reports are valid for 42 days or less, if the state has an earlier validity period. Check with the issuing state for details of validity.

Failed safety checks

If your vehicle fails the safety check, you can't renew the registration until the required repairs are made.

The AIS station will issue a Repairs Needed report showing what repairs are required. If the repairs are completed within 14 days, the vehicle can be reassessed at the same AIS station with no additional safety check fees.

If you present your vehicle for reassessment after the 14 day period, you will need to pay another safety check inspection fee.

Once the repairs have been made and the vehicle passes the safety check, the AIS station will issue a safety check report, and you can renew your registration.

Vehicles not currently registered in NSW

Vehicles not currently registered in NSW must have an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Scheme (AUVIS) inspection (previously called a blue slip) before they can be registered. The inspection verifies the safety of an unregistered vehicle, while making sure it meets design and identity standards.

Your vehicle will need an AUVIS inspection if:

  • the registration expired more than 3 months ago
  • you're bringing the vehicle into NSW from another Australian State or Territory, or another country
  • the vehicle has no number plates
  • the vehicle is a write-off that has been approved for re-registration (see Written off vehicles for more information).

An AUVIS inspection report is also required when:

  • adjusting vehicle registration records, for example because something about the vehicle has changed significantly, such as a new engine
  • clearing defect notices.

Validity of AUVIS inspection reports

AUVIS inspection reports are valid for 42 days from the date of inspection. This means that you’ll need to use the report to conduct a transaction with Transport for NSW within 42 days of having the inspection.

Inspection stations and examiners

Vehicle examiners must be accredited by Transport for NSW under the Authorised Inspection Scheme before they’re allowed to inspect your vehicle.

Every authorised inspection station displays an AIS sign listing the types of safety checks they are authorised to perform.

Example AIS signs

The AIS sign must be displayed at the front of the AIS station premises.

Examples of AIS signage. The signs show the Roads and Maritime logo on a white background, with the text 'Authorised Safety Check' and a list of the the types of inspections the station can perform.
Examples of AIS signage

Information for vehicle examiners and AIS station proprietors

If you're a vehicle examiner or AIS station proprietor, or you're interested in becoming accredited, please see Vehicle examiners and certifiers.

Heavy vehicle inspections

For information about inspections for heavy vehicles, see Heavy vehicle registration.

Crane inspections

For information about inspections for cranes, see Heavy vehicle registration.

Modified and non-standard vehicles

If you’ve made significant modifications to your vehicle, or you have a non-standard or personally imported vehicle, you’ll need to have it inspected by a licensed certifier under the Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS).

More information about Modified and non-standard vehicles.

Public weighbridges

For locations and information about public weighbridges, see the National Measurement Institute website.

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