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Registration & licensing

Registration and licensing of vehicles are two terms often confused. Both are about getting permission to drive your vehicle on New Zealand roads. But registration is generally a one-off process that identifies you as the person legally responsible for your vehicle. Licensing is the regular process through which you pay to use your vehicle on public roads.

This section explains the requirements of each process, including what needs to happen when buying and selling vehicles.

Registering your vehicle

Registration is the process that establishes you as the person legally responsible for your vehicle. It's also the process through which we issue your number plates.
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Vehicle registration and licensing fees

Check the current fees for registering and licensing your vehicle.
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Your responsibilities as the registered person

If you are the 'person registered in respect of a vehicle' you are responsible for meeting the legal requirements for using the vehicle on the road - like keeping it safe, warranted and licensed.
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Trade plates

Some businesses can apply to use trade plates on unregistered vehicles to show they can lawfully drive them on the road.
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Motor vehicle traders

You play an important role in ensuring vehicles on our roads are safe and legal. Learn about your responsibilities and how we can help.
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Vehicle Licensing Reform

Find out about how the Government’s decisions on updating vehicle licensing systems will be introduced. Affected vehicle licensing systems are: Warrant of fitness, Certificate of fitness, Annual Vehicle Licensing and Transport Services Licensing.
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Road user charges (RUC)

Most road users pay levies in the prices of their fuel. Others, like drivers of diesel-powered or electric vehicles, and heavy vehicles, pay through road user charges.
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Licensing your vehicle

Vehicle licensing is the regular process through which you pay to use your vehicle on public roads. It's also the process through which we issue your licence label.
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Where to go to register and license your vehicle

Find your nearest registration and licensing agents.
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Buying and selling

Some easy steps to take when buying or selling a vehicle to ensure you don't get caught with other people's unpaid licence fees and fines.
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What activities are being funded?

Check out the National Land Transport Programme.
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Exemptions

You may not have to register your vehicle; you may not have to pay registration and licensing fees; and you may not have to pay certain levies.
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