Once you have purchased your new or used vehicle, the next step is arranging registration. An unregistered vehicle can incur hefty fines, and will leave your vehicle uninsured. If you have an accident in your unregistered vehicle, you will be liable for any damage caused to people or property.
If there are no number plates attached to the vehicle, or the registration has been expired for more than three months, you will need to establish registration of your vehicle. To do this you must attend a motor registry in person and provide the following:
Note: To renew on-line or over the phone you must get your pink slip from an e-Safety Check Station and your green slip provider must send your insurance details to RMS electronically.
To transfer the registration of a vehicle, you must visit a registry or service centre and provide the following:
You have 14 days to transfer the Certificate of Registration into your name. After this period you will be charged a late transfer fee. Failing to transfer the registration can result in RMS cancelling the registration altogether. Your vehicle will then be unregistered which can result in hefty fines and will leave your vehicle uninsured.
Registration costs for vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) are based on the tare (unladen) weight of the vehicle. The more it weighs the higher the cost. Vehicles for business use incur higher registration costs than vehicles for private use.
A heavy vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle or trailer that has a Gross Vehicle Mass greater than 4.5 tonnes. There are specific registration requirements for heavy vehicles in NSW.
For information about registering heavy vehicles for use within NSW or Australia wide visit the Registration page in the Business & Industry section of the RMS website.
The Office of State Revenue (OSR) levies stamp duty when a vehicle is registered in a new name. The RTA collects the stamp duty on OSR's behalf. You will pay stamp duty on the market value of the vehicle or on the price you paid for the vehicle, whichever is higher.
Stamp duty is 3% of the market value of the car, up to $45,000 then 5% on the value over $45,000.
For example, the stamp duty for a vehicle with a market value of $50,000 is calculated as follows:
$45,000 at 3% = $1,350
$5,000 at 5% = $250
Total stamp duty to be paid = $1,600
Calculations are provided by Roads and Maritime Services and are correct at date of publishing. Please check with the OSR or Roads and Maritime Services to confirm.