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Warrants and certifications

All vehicles must meet a range of safety and other requirements before you can legally drive them on New Zealand roads. Some requirements have to be met before a vehicle can be registered on entering the country. Others requirements, like warrants and certificates of fitness inspection, apply once a vehicle is in use to regularly check its ongoing road worthiness. This section explains the different requirements and the steps to take to meet them.

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Warrant of fitness changes
Find out more about changes to the warrant of fitness (WoF) system that will come into effect in 2014.

Getting a warrant of fitness

Before your car, motorcycle, van or ute can get a warrant of fitness, it must undergo an inspection to ensure it's safe to drive.
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Entry certification for imported vehicles

Whether you're importing a used vehicle for your own use or to sell, you need an inspection that verifies it's safe to use on New Zealand roads.
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Modifying heavy vehicles

Many imported heavy vehicles need modifying before you can drive them on New Zealand roads. But only certain engineers can undertake significant modifications.
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Getting an alternative fuel certificate

Vehicles using alterative fuels like LPG and CNG have to meet additional inspection requirements before they're used, and then annually once in use.
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Getting a certificate of fitness

Heavy vehicles, rental vehicles and those used to carry passengers commercially need to pass regular inspections and meet other 'fitness' requirements.
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Modifying your vehicle

You can modify, customise or retune your car, motorcycle, van or ute, but you can't make any changes that significantly increase the road safety risk - to you or others.
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Getting repair certification for an import

If your vehicle requires repair when it arrives in New Zealand, or already has had repairs undertaken, you may need repair certification.
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NZTA vehicle inspection portal

From 1 July 2012, the NZTA is no longer printing vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM) amendments and other related documents, such as PRS manuals and newsletters. From 1 August 2012, all these documents are available on the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Portal in electronic format only.
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