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Documents with temporary extensions

During COVID-19 Alert Level 4, temporary extensions were granted for several land transport documents that had or were due to expire. The extensions allowed people to continue driving and using their vehicles legally while restrictions were in place that prevented them from renewing the documents.

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their documents over the past few months, for ensuring your vehicles remains safe to drive, and your documents updated.

The date all documents must be renewed by has been set as 10 October 2020. More details are available below.

All vehicle licences (regos) must also be current by 10 October 2020.

Renew your rego online now(external link)

Warrants of fitness/Certificates of fitness

Eligibility: WoFs/CoFs that expire during the period of 1 January 2020 to 10 October 2020.

Renewal date: You must have your WoF/CoF renewed by 11.59pm, 10 October 2020.

You are encouraged to renew your WoF/CoF as soon as possible to ensure your vehicle remains safe to use, and we recommend you secure an inspection time by dropping by or booking with an inspection site. As longer wait times are expected leading up to October, we recommend you book in advance so that your vehicle is compliant by 10 October 2020.

Frequently asked questions about vehicle inspections

Vehicle licensing (rego)

Eligibility: Vehicle licences (regos) that expire during the period 1 January to 10 October.

Renewal date: You must display a current rego by 11.59pm, 10 October 2020.

It is a legal requirement that most vehicles be licensed continuously. This means that the licence fees must be paid from the expiry date of the previous licence (that is, if you renew your licence after the expiry date of the previous licence, the licence fees will be backdated and you must pay these).

For example, if your rego expired 1 January and you renew it on 1 October, you will need to pay for the period 1 January to 1 October. You will also need to pay for the new licence period of 1 Oct onwards to legally use the vehicle.

Please note: the ability to renew online remains available, and after 10 October you will need to have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego.

Renew your rego online now(external link)

Frequently asked questions about vehicle licensing (rego)(external link)

Vehicle certifications

Eligibility: Vehicle certifications that expire during the period of 1 January 2020 to 10 October 2020, including:

  • Heavy vehicle specialist certification for towing connections and log bolsters
  • Entry certifications
  • Alternative fuel inspection certification
  • Authorisations of vehicles with conditions.

Renewal date: You must have your vehicle certification renewed by 11.59pm, 10 October 2020.

To ensure your vehicle remains safe to use and to secure a recertification booking, you are encouraged to renew your vehicle certification as soon as possible. We recommend you book in advance so that your vehicle is compliant by 10 October 2020.

Frequently asked questions about vehicle inspections(external link)

Driver licenses

Eligibility: Driver licenses that expire during the period of 1 January 2020 to 10 October 2020.

Renewal date: You must have your driver licence renewed by 11.59pm, 10 October 2020.

Licences with the following status are not extended:

  • Disqualified
  • Suspended
  • Reinstate
  • Reinstate with requalification
  • Requalify
  • Limited licence
  • Zero alcohol.

Licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times as they work through the backlog of public needs as a result of COVID-19. This is expected to continue for some time and agents have put in place new processes to help manage delays.

As longer wait times are also expected in October 2020 when all extended driver licenses expire, we encourage you to renew your document at your earliest convenience and avoid the busiest times of day such as lunchtime. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you.

Frequently asked questions about driver licensing/driving

Driver endorsements

Eligibility: Driver endorsements that expire during the period of 1 March 2020 to 10 October 2020.

Renewal date: You must have your driver endorsement renewed by 10 October 2020.

Licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times as they work through the backlog of public needs as a result of COVID-19. This is expected to continue for some time and agents have put in place new processes to help manage delays.

As longer wait times are also expected in October 2020 when all extended driver licenses expire, we encourage you to renew your document at your earliest convenience and avoid the busiest times of day such as lunchtime. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you.

Frequently asked questions about driver licensing/driving

Safety

It is still a requirement that vehicles must be safe to operate on a public road. At a minimum, vehicle owners need to self-inspect their vehicles using the TWIRL procedure (tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety, using the guidance on our website.

Drivers of heavy vehicles should also follow the inspection guidelines on our website as a minimum safety check.

If your vehicle is unsafe, either don’t drive it or arrange for a WoF or CoF.

Drivers must continue to comply with all other road rules, as well as any relevant restrictions of their licence (e.g. learner licence restrictions and zero alcohol licences). For more details on what is excluded, please read the Rule.

TWIRL safety check

Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

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