The requirements for importing vehicles belonging to immigrants that do not meet frontal impact or emissions standards.
The process allowing people moving (or moving back) to New Zealand to bring in and register a vehicle that they owned prior to the move is subject to a number of specific conditions. Vehicles that meet these conditions can then be registered without complying with approved frontal impact or exhaust emissions standards.
To have a vehicle identified as belonging to an immigrant or returning New Zealander, the person must:
The NZ Transport Agency cannot grant exemptions from any of these requirements if you want to apply for immigrant-vehicle status.
If your vehicle does not meet frontal impact or exhaust emissions standards, it must still comply with the general safety requirements of Land Transport Rule: Frontal Impact 2001 and Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions 2007.
The vehicle must also comply with the relevant requirements of all the other rules.
The Land Transport Rule: Fuel Consumption Information 2008 does not apply to immigrants’ vehicles. This means fuel consumption information does not have to be provided when the vehicle is first registered for use in New Zealand.
You will need to apply to an entry certifier to identify your vehicle as an immigrant’s vehicle. A fee will be charged to process your application.
If your vehicle is not identified as an immigrant’s vehicle, it will not be entry-certified and will not be registered for use on New Zealand roads, unless you can prove that it meets the approved frontal impact and emissions standards by other means.
An immigrant or a returning New Zealand citizen or resident may apply for identification of his or her vehicle as an immigrant’s vehicle within 18 months of arriving in New Zealand.
If more than 18 months has elapsed since the vehicle arrived in New Zealand, a New Zealand citizen or resident may apply for identification of the vehicle as an immigrant’s vehicle if the vehicle was border inspected before 8 May 2008.