A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets required safety standards.
It’s your job to keep your vehicle up to WoF condition at all times. For example, while tyres on your vehicle may pass on the day of your warrant inspection, you’ll need to replace them as soon as the tread gets to the minimum depth. If you wait until the next inspection before replacing them, you increase your risk of having a crash or receiving a fine.
Vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will need annual WoF inspections for their lifetime.
For new vehicles, after an initial inspection, another WoF inspection won't be required until the 3rd anniversary of their first registration.
The length of time a WoF is issued for is calculated based on the vehicle’s date of first registration in New Zealand or overseas, and are described in more detail in the table below.
|Length of WoF for light motor vehicles|
|When was the vehicle first registered anywhere in the world?||How long the WoF is issued for|
|New vehicle that’s never been registered||WoF is issued for three years|
|Less than two years ago||WoF is issued to the vehicles third ‘birthday’ (third anniversary of when it was first registered)|
|More than two years ago, but less than three years ago||WoF is issued for 12 months|
|On or after 1 January 2000||WoF is issued for 12 months|
|Before 1 January 2000||WoF is issued for 6 months|
There are around 3200 WoF agents in New Zealand. Search online or use the Yellow Pages to find your nearest agent.
You can drive your vehicle on the road under these circumstances only when taking it somewhere for repair or to get a new WoF – providing it’s safe to do so.
The WoF inspection is a general safety check. The aspects checked are set out in our Vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM) and include:
If you’ve modified your car, motorcycle, van or other light vehicle you may need a low volume vehicle certificate.
A WoF is not a pre-purchase inspection. It doesn’t include many areas of a vehicle's condition. For example it doesn't check:
If your vehicle passes its WoF inspection, the inspector will apply the WoF label on the inside of your front windscreen, on the driver’s side. You need to get your next warrant before the expiry date on the label.
If your vehicle fails a WOF inspection you cannot drive it on the road unless you’re taking it somewhere to get it repaired or get a new WoF – and it’s safe to do so.
Find out more about what you can do if your vehicle fails because:
Have a question? Contact us if you need more information about WoF inspections.