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Requesting register information

There are a number of ways that you can request Motor Vehicle Register information.

Motochek

Motochek is an internet service developed by the Transport Agency that enables people who use Motor Vehicle Register information in bulk or on a frequent basis, to access the information electronically. Detailed vehicle information and the names and addresses of companies and organisations that are or have been registered is available through Motochek. The names and addresses of individuals who are currently registered are available through Motochek to people who have been granted an authorisation by the Ministry of Transport.

Find out more about Motochek and how to register

Application for registered person name and address (MR31)

Requests for the name and address of individuals that are or have been registered in respect of a vehicle are considered against the criteria contained in the Official Information Act. This requires the Transport Agency to weigh up the public interest in releasing the information sought against the privacy rights of the individual concerned. Public interest usually means for the common good or general welfare of all but is not limited in any way. Each case is determined on its own merits. A request for a registered person's name and address is made by submitting an online application. A fee of $15 is payable.

Apply online for registered person name and address (MR31)

Request for motor vehicle details (MR32)

Requests for motor vehicle details including details of companies and organisations who are or have been registered can be made by downloading a request for motor vehicle details form. The form is posted to the Transport Agency who will then provide you with the following information:

  • name and address of companies and organisations who are and have been previously registered

  • make

  • model

  • VIN/chassis

  • engine number

  • New Zealand registration date

  • licence (rego) expiry date

  • colour

  • odometer readings (current and historic)

  • dates of change of registered person.

A fee of $15 is payable.

Request for motor vehicle details (MR32)

Registered person confirmation

You can confirm whether someone is the registered person online, you’ll need the vehicle's number plate and the name of the person. There is no charge for this service.

Request registered person confirmation

Stolen vehicle check

When a vehicle is reported as stolen to police, the Motor Vehicle Register is updated from the police system to show the vehicle has been reported stolen. You can submit an online request to check if the police have been advised a vehicle has been reported as stolen. There is no charge for this service.

Check if a vehicle has been reported stolen (external link)

Third parties

Some Motor Vehicle Register information can be sourced through third parties who include the information with their vehicle information reports. The process and cost of requesting these reports is determined by the relevant third party. 

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