Cancelling your vehicle’s registration removes the vehicle from the Motor Vehicle Register, which means you can no longer lawfully use the vehicle on our roads.
Only we can cancel a vehicle’s registration and this may be at the request of the vehicle’s registered person or an insurance company.
You may not need to cancel – there are other options if you’re planning not to use your vehicle for at least three months.
You must apply to cancel your vehicle’s registration if your vehicle is:
You are not entitled to cancel the registration if:
If any of the above applies, and you require information on what to do, contact us.
Complete an Application to cancel registration form (MR15) at a registration agent.
Give the number plates to the agent (if you don't hand in the plates, you may not get a refund of any unused licensing fees).
If the licence for the motor vehicle has already expired you will be required to pay licence fees from the date the licence expired up to the date of cancellation.
You can choose to pay at the time you apply to cancel your vehicle or later. If you choose to pay at the time, an administration fee of $9.10 and the amount owing is due. If you choose to pay later, you must still pay the administration fee of $9.10 at the time of cancellation, and then we will send you a payment demand which you must pay within 14 days. An additional administration fee of $10.20 will also be payable at this time.
If your vehicle is subject to road user charges (RUC), you must ensure that all RUC is up to date before you cancel the vehicle.
If there is any outstanding RUC, you may be invoiced for the outstanding amount.
When cancelling your vehicle’s registration for a heavy vehicle, you will need to provide the current hubodometer and odometer reading of your vehicle on your MR15 form. For a light RUC vehicle, you only need to provide the odometer reading.
The agent will send your application in to the Transport Agency. Once we have processed your application the Motor Vehicle Register will be updated and the registration cancelled.
You may be refunded an amount equal to any unexpired licence fee paid. The transaction fee paid at the time the licence was purchased is non-refundable.
Any refund is liable for audit and is at the registrar’s discretion.
If you are leaving New Zealand and need any refund payable to be paid into a bank account, please send this application with details of the bank account into which any refund is to be paid to the address below.
You must have returned the number plates to get a refund.
If your vehicle has been in a fire or accident and the number plates are unable to be recovered, you will need to get a letter from the police or fire brigade confirming this.
If the vehicle was taken to a wrecker and has been destroyed or dismantled, you will need to get a letter from the wrecker confirming this.
If the vehicle is required to be continuously licensed and the registration is not cancelled, the Transport Agency will cancel the registration 12 months after the last licence or licence exemption has expired. If this happens and the licence fees remain unpaid, the outstanding fees will be sent to debt collection.
You must be the registered person to request the registration be cancelled. If you have acquired the vehicle but have not yet let us know you will need to complete a notice of acquisition of motor vehicle (MR13B) transaction before you can cancel the registration.
As the registered person you will need to complete and sign the MR15 form and write your New Zealand driver licence number on the form as ID. You can then have someone present the MR15 form and number plates to an agent with your original identification.
If your motor vehicle’s registration has been cancelled but it will be used on a public road at a later date, there are several steps you need to follow first – inspection, certification, re-registration, licensing, and getting registration plates and labels issued to you.