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Registering your vehicle

Registration is generally a one-off process that officially recognises you as the person legally responsible for your vehicle. It’s not the same as vehicle licensing – which is where you pay a fee for using public roads. When a vehicle is registered we add its details to the Motor Vehicle Register and issue its registration plates. If your vehicle is not correctly registered or is unregistered, you could receive a fine or infringement.

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How to register your vehicle

The steps involved in the registration of vehicles entering New Zealand.

I need to re-register

How to re-register your vehicle after its registration has been cancelled.

Cancelling registration

Cancelling a vehicle's registration removes it from the Motor Vehicle Register.

Vehicle identification numbers

The unique 17-character number that identifies your vehicle, and helps to combat fraud.

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