WoF and CoF update


WoF phase two frequency changes take effect on 1 July 2014. Changes to the CoF system will now be live from 1 December 2014.

Warrant of fitness phase two

On 1 July 2014 the second phase of the changes to frequency of WoF inspections come into effect. Vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will move to annual WoF inspections for the lifetime of the vehicle. For new vehicles, after an initial WoF inspection, another inspection won't be required until the 3rd anniversary of their first registration. For more details on the changes visit www.nzta.govt.nz/wof(external link).

Certificate of Fitness system changes

The key dates relating to the changes to the CoF system have been revised to align the project with the introduction of amended vehicle certification administration fees which are now scheduled, subject to Cabinet approval, to occur on 1 November 2014.


To streamline the application process we will be inviting pre-registrations from prospective inspecting organisations (IOs) from 1 September. Pre-registering will provide IOs with an opportunity to get feedback on whether they are likely to meet our requirements and will increase the likelihood of them being approved and in a position to start offering CoF inspections from 1 December 2014.

The revised dates provide existing and prospective IOs and vehicle inspectors (VIs) with more time to adapt and prepare for the changes. It also provides more time for new VIs to be trained, which was identified as one of the main potential barriers to entry for new entrants.

Detailed requirements available

On 30 May 2014 we made available more information on the detailed requirements that prospective IOs and VIs will need to meet before being approved to deliver CoF inspections under the new CoF system. For a full summary of the requirements and copies of the supporting documentation, go to www.nzta.govt.nz/cof(external link).

30 May Further detailed requirements published including QMS requirements, the model QMS, information on the application process, conflict of interest, VI code of conduct, and VI training programme information.
Mid-June Details available of how CoF variable frequency will be implemented, including the criteria for changes in inspection frequency.
Sample Notice of Appointment available.
1 July CoF variable frequency comes into effect
1 August Full details about the pre-registration process available
1 September Pre-registrations open
1 November Application form available and applications accepted from IOs and VIs under the new requirements
1 November New vehicle certification administration fees come into effect
1 December Approved applicants able to start offering CoF inspections

CoF variable frequency

In mid June 2014 we will be publishing information explaining how CoF variable frequency will be implemented, including the criteria and process for vehicles to be moved from a six month CoF to a 12 month CoF, as well as a six month CoF to a 3 month CoF.