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.
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.
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.
Check the current fees for registering and licensing your vehicle.
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.