Registering your new car or truck
Cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds and trucks need to be registered and issued number plates to be legally driven on our roads.
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Registering your vehicle
All cars and vans go through an inspection and registration process where they get a licence label and registration (number) plates. This usually happens once when the vehicle first enters New Zealand.
Find out about:
- the process
- exemptions from registering
- re-registering your vehicle
- switching to personalised plates.
What you need to do as the registered owner — updating your address when you move and getting warrant of fitness checks done on time.
Importing a car or van
Your must successfully complete entry certification and have a vehicle identification number (VIN) before you can apply to register your vehicle.
Vehicles coming into New Zealand need to be checked to make sure they are in good condition and meet safety standards.
How to find the VIN on your vehicle.
Your vehicle will be issued standard plates when it’s registered.
You can buy or transfer your own personalised plates.
You’ll need duplicate registration plates if your old ones were lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged.
You can get extra plates if dog boxes or bike racks cover your permanent plates.
Cancelling and re-registering your vehicle
You can cancel your registration if your vehicle is:
- written off
- permanently removed from NZ
- significantly modified.
Re-register your vehicle again if you want to drive it on the road again after you’ve heavily modified it or cancelled your registration.