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Used vehicles from Australia

If you're importing a used vehicle from Australia you must provide evidence that it meets a range of approved standards before it can be registered for use on the road. 

Evidence

You must provide evidence of:

Proof of ownership

You need to provide evidence that you're the legal owner of the vehicle. This can include:

  • the original documents showing the ownership history to the last registered owner in Australia (eg deregistration or change of ownership papers) and
  • an invoice, bill of sale or receipt, etc.

Evidence of compliance with emission standards

For both used and parallel-imported new vehicles, a statement of compliance that includes an approved emission standard is acceptable proof your vehicle meets New Zealand requirements.The emission standards applying to light vehicles are coded ADR 79. You can determine the version of the ADR 79 standard from the date on the ADR compliance plate.

Date on ADR platePetrolDiesel
Up to 12/2002 Non-compliant with ADR 79 Non-compliant with ADR 79
01/2003–12/2003 ADR 79/00 (Euro 2) Non-compliant with ADR 79
01/2004–12/2005 ADR 79/00 (Euro 2) ADR 79/00 (Euro 2)
01/2006–12/2006 ADR 79/01 (Euro 3) ADR 79/00 (Euro 2)
01/2007–06/2010 ADR 79/01 (Euro 3) ADR 79/01 (Euro 4)
07/2010 onwards ADR 79/02 (Euro 4) ADR 79/01 (Euro 4)

Some vehicles may comply up to a year in advance of these dates (and up to two years in the case of petrol vehicles complying with ADR 79/02). To confirm compliance in these cases, contact the vehicle manufacturer.See more detail on New Zealand emission standards.

Examples of ADR plates

AMVCB second edition compliance plates

(in use before 1 July 1988 and until 1 July 1991)

Motor vehicles except motorcycles
(90 mm x 90 mm)
Motorcycles only 
(100 mm x 40 mm)
General use
Colour: other than red, green, blue or yellow.
 General use ADR plate  ADR plate example motorcycle only

AMVCB third edition compliance plates

(in use after 1 July 1988 and until 1 July 1992)

Motor vehicles except motorcycles
(100 mm x 50 mm)
Motorcycles only 
(95 mm x 35 mm)
General use
Colour: other than red, green, blue or yellow.
 Third edition compliance plates general use  Third edition compliance plates motorcycle only

Motor vehicle standards compliance plates

(in use from October 1989 – current style)

Motor vehicles except motorcycles
(100 mm x 50 mm)
Motorcycles only 
(100 mm x 40 mm)
General use
Colour: other than red, green, blue or yellow.
 Current motor vehicle standards compliance plates general use  Current motor vehicle standards compliance plates motorcycle only
Trailers over 4.5 tonnes ATM
(150 mm x 90 mm)
Trailer
Colour: other than red, green, blue or yellow.

Trailer compliance plate

Evidence of compliance with frontal impact standards

For passenger cars (class MA)

You may be able to prove your car complies using our frontal impact lists. These lists cover vehicles manufactured during 1994–1996 when frontal impact standards were being developed. They therefore apply mainly to used imports. If the list says your vehicle does not meet a frontal impact standard, then you cannot bring it into New Zealand.Your vehicle isn't listed? If your vehicle was manufactured after 1996 it should have an ADR compliance plate, which is accepted evidence.No ADR compliance plate? You'll need to get a statement of compliance as evidence.You may not have to prove your vehicle complies with frontal impact standards if:

  • it is more than 20 years old
  • it is a 'special interest' vehicle
  • you're emigrating to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you.

Find out more about these exceptions.

For 4x4, SUV and forward control vans (classes MB and MC)

If your Class MB or Class MC vehicle was manufactured after 1 October 2003, it must meet a frontal impact standard. The exception is if you're emigrating to New Zealand and bringing your vehicle with you. Find out more about this exception.Acceptable proof is an ADR compliance plate.No ADR compliance plate? You'll need to get a statement of compliance as evidence.

Before you import a vehicle from Australia

We recommend that you talk with an entry certifier to determine whether the ADR plate on your vehicle is acceptable.You don't have an acceptable ADR plate? You'll need to get a statement of compliance as evidence.

Evidence of compliance with fuel consumption information requirements

You can use our online tool (external link)  to provide the fuel consumption compliance information. You'll then receive a fuel consumption certificate which you take to the entry certifier.If your fuel consumption certificate says consumption is 'unknown' it is still acceptable as compliance evidence to give to the entry certifier.

Evidence of compliance with light-vehicle brakes standards for electronic stability control (ESC)

All MA, MB, MC vehicles having ADR compliance from 1 November 2013 have electronic stability control. Otherwise, you must check for the presence of ESC. See the technical bulletin about how to prove the existence of ESC in the electronic stability control identification bulletin (external link) .

Evidence of compliance with heavy-vehicle brakes standards

You must check for compliance with one of the approved brake standards if you want to import a heavy vehicle of class MD3, MD4, ME, NB or NC, no matter what date the vehicle was manufactured.See the detailed information about how to prove compliance with an approved brake standard in the following sections of the Vehicle inspection requirements manual – entry certification (external link) :

Evidence of overall standards compliance

An ADR plate fixed to your vehicle is acceptable evidence that your vehicle meets applicable standards in New Zealand. The plate proves your vehicle met the standards when manufactured.No ADR compliance plate? You'll need to get a statement of compliance as evidence.

Next step

You can move onto step three of the importing process – preparing to import.

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