Registration is generally a one-off requirement that identifies you as the person legally responsible for your vehicle. When a vehicle is registered, we add its details to the Motor Vehicle Register and issue number plates.
Registration is not the same as vehicle licensing, which is where you pay a fee for using public roads.
If your vehicle is not correctly registered or is unregistered, you could receive a fine or infringement.
Registration is not legal title for the ownership of your vehicle. It simply identifies who is responsible for the licensing and safety inspections of the vehicle.
Before a vehicle can be registered for use on New Zealand roads, your vehicle must successfully complete entry certification before you can apply to register it – a process that provides you with a certificate of registration and number plates.
If the vehicle meets the standards, it’s approved for registration and a registration application form (MR2A) is printed.
You then present the completed registration application form to a registration agent for processing. You'll need to provide ID.
The agent processes the application, registering and licensing the vehicle so that you can legally drive it on the road. You’ll receive new number plates and licence label.
You may only drive your vehicle on the road when it has its number plates, licence label, WoF or CoF label and (if applicable) road user charges licence attached.
Once you have completed this process, you become the registered person.
We will post you a certificate of registration.
When you receive the certificate, carefully check the information and contact us if any details are incorrect.
Your vehicle may not have to be registered or licensed. Motor vehicles used on a private road are exempt from the requirement to be registered and licensed.
The following vehicles are not required to undergo entry certification before being registered:
These are known as ‘non-VIN’ vehicles – they don’t require a vehicle identification number (VIN). You can apply to register these by completing a ‘non-VIN’ vehicle form (form MR2B) and presenting it to a registration agent.