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Documents with temporary extensions

Because of the Delta 2021 COVID-19 lockdown, temporary extensions were granted for several land transport documents that had or were due to expire. The extensions were in place to allow people to continue driving and using their vehicles legally while alert level restrictions prevented them from renewing the documents.

Extended periods of lockdown in some areas prevented licensing agents from opening until level 3.2. This means many people have been unable to renew driving licensing documents before the end of the initial Delta extension on 30 November 2021.

To allow people time to renew their driver licenses and driver endorsements, the temporary extension for these documents is extended a further six months until 31 May 2022. This excludes overseas licenses which are extended until 31 March 2022. 

To ensure road safety remains a priority, temporary extensions for Warrants of Fitness, Certificates of Fitness and other vehicle certifications end on 30 November 2021. Extensions for vehicle licensing (rego) also end on 30 November 2021.      

More details are available below, including driver licences that are not extended.

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Warrants of Fitness/Certificates of Fitness

Eligibility: WoFs/CoFs that expired during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

To ensure road safety remains a priority, please renew your WoF/CoF now by dropping by or booking with any inspection site. Wait times are increasing as the holiday season draws near and we recommend you plan what to do if you need to wait in a queue. Remember, your vehicle must be compliant from 1 December 2021. 

Police officers will take the action they deem most appropriate for the situation most likely to lead to road safety, whether it’s education, compliance, or enforcement. If your vehicle’s WoF/CoF/rego wasn’t renewed by 30 November 2021 you face the possibility of receiving an infringement for having expired vehicle documents outside of the extension period. Drivers are encouraged to ensure their vehicle documents are in order. 

It is still a requirement that vehicles must be safe to operate on a public road. At a minimum, inspect your vehicle (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, and lights) to assess its safety.

Drivers of heavy vehicles should also follow the inspection guidelines on our website as a minimum safety check.
If you think your vehicle is unsafe, either don’t drive it or arrange for a WoF/CoF when you can.

Remember, from 1 December 2021 you must have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

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Vehicle licensing (rego)

Eligibility: Vehicle licences (regos) that expire during the period 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

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 (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: from 1 December 2021 you must have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

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Vehicle certifications

Eligibility: Vehicle certifications that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021, including:

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

Renewal date: 11.59pm, 30 November 2021.

To ensure road safety remains a priority and your vehicle is compliant, you should renew your vehicle certification now. 

Driver licences

Eligibility: Driver licences that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 31 May 2022.

Renewal date: You must have your driver licence renewed by 11.59pm, 31 May 2022.

You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times.

Licences with the following status are not extended and people are encouraged to visit a licensing agent now if required:

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

Driver endorsements

Eligibility: Driver endorsements that expire during the period of 21 July 2021 to 30 November 2021.

Renewal date: You must have your driver endorsement renewed by 11.59pm, 31 May 2022.

You are encouraged to visit a licensing agent as soon as you can. Remember to bring all necessary and valid documents with you and please be patient as licensing agents are experiencing longer wait times.

Safety

It is still a requirement that vehicles must be safe to operate on a public road. At a minimum, inspect your vehicle (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, and lights) to assess its safety.

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

If your vehicle has a safety issue, please arrange for it to be fixed and get a WoF or CoF immediately.

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).

Check your car

Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]