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Documents with temporary extensions

Because of the recent 2021 COVID-19 lockdown, from 15 September 2021 temporary extensions are granted for several land transport documents that have or are due to expire. The extensions allow people to continue driving and using their vehicles legally while alert level restrictions prevent them from renewing the documents.

Temporary extensions will remain in place until 30 November 2021. More details are available below.

Many vehicle inspection providers and driver licensing agents are busy in the lead up to the summer holiday period so you are encouraged to renew your documents as soon as possible. This also ensures vehicles remains safe to drive and allows time for you to receive updated documents.

All vehicle licences (regos) must also be current by 30 November 2021.

Related FAQs will be updated from 15 September 2021.

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Warrants of fitness/Certificates of fitness

Eligibility: Effective from 15 September 2021, temporary extensions are in place for WoFs/CoFs that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021

Renewal date: You must have your WoF/CoF renewed by 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

To ensure road safety remains a priority, please renew your WoF/CoF now by dropping by or booking with an inspection site. Wait times will increase as 30 November draws near and we recommend you plan what to do if you need to wait in a queue. Catch up on admin or work, read a book, or have your favourite series downloaded to watch.  Remember, your vehicle must be compliant by 30 November 2021.

Please note: after 30 November you will need to have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available. More details are available below.

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Vehicle licensing (rego)

Eligibility: Effective from 15 September 2021, temporary extensions are in place for vehicle licences (regos) that expire during the period 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: You must display a current rego by 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

It is a legal requirement that most vehicles be licensed continuously. This means that the licence fees must be paid from the expiry date of the previous licence (if you renew your licence after the expiry date of the previous licence, the licence fees will be backdated and you must pay these).

For example, if your rego expired 1 January and you renew it on 1 October, you will need to pay for the period 1 January to 1 October. You will also need to pay for the new licence period of 1 Oct onwards to legally use the vehicle.

Please note: after 30 November you will need to have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

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Vehicle certifications

Eligibility: Effective from 15 September 2021, temporary extensions are in place for vehicle certifications that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021, including:

  • Heavy vehicle specialist certification for towing connections and log bolsters
  • Entry certifications
  • Alternative fuel inspection certification
  • Authorisations of vehicles with conditions.

Renewal date: You must have your vehicle certification renewed by 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

To ensure road safety remains a priority and your vehicle is compliant by 30 November 2021, you should renew your vehicle certification now.

Driver licences

Eligibility: Effective from 15 September 2021, temporary extensions are in place for driver licences that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: You must have your driver licence renewed by 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

Licences with the following status are not extended:

  • Disqualified
  • Suspended
  • Reinstate
  • Reinstate with requalification
  • Requalify
  • Limited licence
  • Zero alcohol.

Licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times as they work through the backlog of public needs as a result of COVID-19. This will continue for some time and agents have put in place new processes to help manage delays.

As longer wait times are expected leading up to 30 November 2021 when all extended driver licences expire, we encourage you to renew your licence now and avoid the busiest times of day such as lunchtime. Be prepared to wait and remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you.

Driver endorsements

Eligibility: Effective from 15 September 2021, temporary extensions are in place for driver endorsements that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: You must have your driver endorsement renewed by 30 November 2021.

Licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times as they work through the backlog of public needs as a result of COVID-19. This is expected to continue for some time and agents have put in place new processes to help manage delays.

As longer wait times are expected leading up to 30 November 2021 when all extended driver licences expire, we encourage you to renew your endorsement now and avoid the busiest times of day such as lunchtime. Be prepared to wait and remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you.

Safety

It is still a requirement that vehicles must be safe to operate on a public road. At a minimum, vehicle owners need to self-inspect their vehicles (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety.

Drivers of heavy vehicles should also follow the inspection guidelines on our website as a minimum safety check.

If your vehicle has a safety issue, please arrange for it to be fixed and get a WoF or CoF immediately.

Drivers must continue to comply with all other road rules, as well as any relevant restrictions of their licence (e.g. learner licence restrictions and zero alcohol licences).

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Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]