After you’ve bought your new or used vehicle, the next step is arranging registration. An unregistered vehicle may lead to hefty fines, and will leave your vehicle uninsured. If you have an accident in an unregistered vehicle, you’ll be liable for any damage caused.

To register

If there are no number plates attached to the vehicle, or the registration has been expired for more than three months, you’ll need to register the vehicle. To do this, go to 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.

To renew registration

You can renew your vehicle’s registration with Roads and Maritime Service online, 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 five years old a safety check report (pink slip)
  • payment for registration.

Note: To renew online 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.

Transferring registration

To transfer the registration of a vehicle, go to 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. If you fail to transfer the registration, RMS can cancel the registration altogether. Your vehicle will then be unregistered.

Registration costs

Light vehicles

Registration costs for vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) are based on the empty weight of the vehicle. The more it weighs the higher the cost. Vehicles that are for business use can have higher registration costs than vehicles for private use.

Heavy Vehicles

A heavy vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle or trailer that has a GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes. There are specific registration requirements for heavy vehicles in NSW. Go to the registration page on the Business and Industry section of the RMS website for information about registering heavy vehicles.

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