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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.

To establish registration 

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:

  • proof of your identity eg. your drivers licence
  • the receipt showing that you are the new owner
  • a current green slip
  • a safety inspection report, known as a blue slip, from an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS)
  • payment for registration, including stamp duty
  • if previously registered interstate, proof of that registration.

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To renew registration 

You can renew your vehicle’s registration with Roads and Maritime Service online at, by calling 13 22 13, or at a registry or service centre. You will need to provide:

  • the renewal notice
  • a current green slip
  • if your vehicle is more than 3 years old a safety check report (pink slip)
  • payment for registration.

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.

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Transferring registration 

To transfer the registration of a vehicle, you must visit a registry or service centre and provide the following:

  • the certificate of registration for your vehicle, completed and signed on the back by the seller
  • proof of your identity eg. your drivers licence
  • the receipt showing that you are the new owner
  • the transfer fee and stamp duty cost.

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.

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Registration costs 

Light vehicles

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.

Heavy vehicles

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.

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Stamp duty 

Revenue NSW levies stamp duty when a vehicle is registered in a new name.  Roads and Maritime Services collects the stamp duty on Revenue NSW'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 Revenue NSW or Roads and Maritime Services to confirm.

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