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My WoF/CoF has expired – can I get a new one and where do I go?

We encourage you to get your WoF/CoF renewed and you can contact a local inspection site to check availability and the public health and safety measures in place.

It is in the best interest of public safety to have your vehicle inspection completed as soon as possible to bring it back into compliance.
Please be aware that there may be wait times due to current demand and the Government COVID-19 guidelines that must be followed. We also ask that you continue to be patient with those providing services as they adjust to working differently.

Remember, if you are unable to renew your WoF/CoF at this time, it is temporarily extended if it expired after 1 January 2020.  

  • Ensuring your vehicle meets WoF/CoF standards remains your responsibility. If you feel your vehicle may be unsafe, please contact a local inspection site to make a booking for a WoF/CoF.

Information about the temporary extensions in place(external link)

Where to get your WoF/CoF

You can renew your WoF/CoF at vehicle inspection sites around the country. Please contact your local provider to discuss any appointment processes and safety requirements in place.

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 using the TWIRL procedure (tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety, using the guidance on our website.

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

If your vehicle is unsafe, either don’t drive it or arrange for a WoF/CoF.

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).

TWIRL safety check

Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

Insurance

If you have questions about how temporary extensions impact your vehicle insurance, Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) have more information available on their website about their members, or you can ask your insurer directly.

ICNZ media release for expired WoFs (external link)

ICNZ COVID-19(external link)

What impact will it have on my insurance if my WoF/CoF has expired and I drive my vehicle while restrictions remain in place?

If you have questions about how temporary extensions impact your vehicle insurance, Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) have more information available on their website about their members, or you can ask your insurer directly.

ICNZ media release for expired WoFs (external link)

ICNZ COVID-19(external link)

My WoF/CoF has expired and is temporarily extended. How do I check that my vehicle is safe to drive?

Vehicles must be safe to operate on a public road. At a minimum, vehicle owners need to self-inspect their vehicles using the TWIRL procedure (tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety, using the guidance on our website.

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

We encourage you to get your WoF/CoF renewed and you can contact a local inspection site to check availability and the public health and safety measures in place.

It is in the best interest of public safety to have your vehicle inspection completed as soon as possible to bring it back into compliance.
Please be aware that there may be wait times due to current demand and the Government COVID-19 guidelines that must be followed. We also ask that you continue to be patient with those providing services as they adjust to working differently.

Remember, if you are unable to renew your WoF/CoF at this time, it is temporarily extended if it expired after 1 January 2020.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).

TWIRL safety check

Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

My vehicle failed its WoF/CoF but I can’t get the car re-inspected within the 28 day period. Will I have to pay again for a WoF/CoF?

The re-inspection period is extended for WoFs/CoFs based on a ‘stop clock’ system which means the period during lockdown will not contribute to the 28 day period normally allowed for a re-inspection to be undertaken. The vehicle inspector will also use their experience and knowledge to consider any impacts to the vehicle’s safety based on the number of kilometres travelled since the initial inspection and overall condition. This may include rechecks of items that initially passed inspection. If the recheck remains straightforward, no additional cost will be incurred. However, an additional charge is at the vehicle inspector’s discretion based on the vehicle’s state when represented.

Under Alert Level 2, we encourage you to make an appointment to have your vehicle re-inspected and returned to compliance.

Can I get a CoF for the school bus I drive?

Yes, we encourage you to have your CoF renewed and you can contact a local inspection site to check availability and the public health and safety measures in place. Please be aware that there may be wait times due to current demand and the Government COVID-19 guidelines that must be followed. Please continue to be patient with those providing services as they adjust to working differently.

Remember, if you are unable to renew your CoF at this time, it is temporarily extended if it expired after 1 January 2020,

  • Ensuring your vehicle meets CoF standards remains your responsibility. If you feel your vehicle may be unsafe, please contact a local inspection site to make a booking for a CoF.

Information about the temporary extensions in place(external link)

Where to get your CoF

You can renew your CoF at vehicle inspection sites around the country. Please check with your local provider first to ensure they are open, and to discuss the safety requirements in place.

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 using the TWIRL procedure (tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety, using the guidance on our website.

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

If your vehicle is unsafe, either don’t drive it or arrange for a CoF.

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).

TWIRL safety check

Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

My WoF/CoF is temporarily extended, can I still purchase vehicle licensing (rego)?

Yes, you can still purchase your rego and this service is currently available on our website.

Purchase your rego

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