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When do I have to get my WoF/CoF renewed by?

Note: please visit the Government COVID-19 website for updated information on what movement is currently permitted.

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To ensure road safety remains a priority, we encourage you to renew your WoF/CoF as soon as possible and as alert levels allow. While temporary extensions are in place for WoFs/CoFs that expire between 21 July and 30 November 2021, wait times at inspection sites are expected leading up to November and we recommend you take your vehicle for its inspection now.

Please see below for permitted vehicle inspection information under the various alert levels.

Note: after the extension ends you must have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Alert Level 4

Only vehicles required for permitted movement (and their supply chains) can obtain a WoF/CoF as it’s regarded as a permitted trip and can still be obtained to ensure vehicle safety remains a priority.

Alert Level 3

You can get your vehicle inspected and you’re encouraged to do so to ensure it remains safe to drive. Inspections sites have strict health and safety guidelines in place to meet level 3 requirements, including contactless service, and you need to follow these. Contact your local inspection site to see if they are open and to book an appointment over the phone. Please ensure the inside of your vehicle is clean and tidy (no rubbish or belongings) before you take the vehicle in.

NZ Police may apply discretion.

Alert Level 2

Inspection sites can open. Please check their websites or contact them for availability. Health and safety requirements remain in place.

Where to get your WoF/CoF

Check the website of your local provider or contact them to see if they are available. Please respect the health and safety guidelines that inspections sites are required to put in place and be kind to those adjusting to working differently.

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 (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s 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.

Drivers must continue to comply with all other road rules, as well as any relevant restrictions of their licence (eg learner licence restrictions and zero alcohol licences). Any licence suspensions, disqualifications and revocations will also continue to apply.

Vehicle safety basics
Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

Insurance

If you have questions about how this impacts your vehicle insurance, please ask your insurer directly.

Will I need to pay more when I renew my WoF/CoF to cover the temporary extension period?

No. The period of temporary extension is covered by the previous WoF/CoF.

 

Where can I go to renew my WoF/CoF?

Alert Levels 3 and 4

Some inspection sites may not open and we recommend you check availability with your local provider.

Please note that at all locations, there are health and safety requirements you need to follow.

Alert Level 2

Inspection sites can open. Please check their websites or contact them for availability. Please respect the health and safety guidelines that inspections sites are required to put in place and be kind to those adjusting to working differently.

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 (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s 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.

Drivers must continue to comply with all other road rules, as well as any relevant restrictions of their licence (eg learner licence restrictions and zero alcohol licences). Any licence suspensions, disqualifications and revocations will also continue to apply.

Vehicle safety basics
Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

What impact will it have on my insurance if my WoF/CoF is temporarily extended and I drive my vehicle?

The temporary extension removes the uncertainty over the legal status of key transport documents that are relevant in case of a vehicle insurance claim. This will provide clarity on their status. However, decisions on any individual claim will remain at the discretion of the individual insurance company, considering specific circumstances

My WoF/CoF has expired or is about to expire? How do I check that my vehicle is safe to drive?

You can get your vehicle inspected under Alert Level 3 and below, and you’re encouraged to do so to ensure it remains safe to drive. Inspections sites have health and safety guidelines in place to meet requirements, including contactless service, and you need to follow these. Please check their websites or contact them for availability. Please ensure the inside of your vehicle is clean and tidy (no rubbish or belongings) before you take the vehicle in.

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 (especially tyres, windscreen, wipers, mirrors, indicators, rust and lights) to assess their vehicle’s safety.

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

If your vehicle is unsafe, don’t drive it.

Drivers must continue to comply with all other road rules, as well as any relevant restrictions of their licence (eg learner licence restrictions and zero alcohol licences). Any licence suspensions, disqualifications and revocations will also continue to apply.

Vehicle safety basics
Heavy vehicle maintenance guidelines [PDF, 303 KB]

My vehicle failed its WoF/CoF but under Levels 3 and 4 I can’t get the car re-inspected within the 28 day period. Will I have to pay again for a WoF/CoF?

The re-inspection period under Alert Level 3 and 4 is extended for WoFs/CoFs based on a ‘stop clock’ system. This means the vehicle inspector will use their experience and knowledge to consider any impacts to the vehicle’s safety based on the number of kilometres travelled since the initial inspection. This may include rechecks of items that initially passed inspection. If the recheck remains straightforward, no additional cost will be incurred. However, an additional charge is at the vehicle inspector’s discretion based on the vehicle’s state when represented.

Under Alert Levels 2 and below, we encourage you to have your vehicle re-inspected and returned to compliance.

Can I get a CoF for the school bus I drive?

To ensure road safety remains a priority, we encourage you to renew your CoF as soon as possible and as alert levels allow. While temporary extensions are in place for CoFs that expire between 21 July and 30 November 2021, wait times at inspection sites are expected leading up to November and we recommend you take your vehicle for its inspection now.

Please see below for permitted vehicle inspection information under the various alert levels.

Note: after the extension ends, you must have a current CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Alert Level 4

If school buses are not required for permitted movement then they should stay parked up, with staff safely in isolation. CoF stations should be visited only by those who need vehicles for permitted movement allowed under Alert Level 4.

Alert Level 3

You can get your vehicle inspected under Alert Level 3 and you’re encouraged to do so to ensure it remains safe to drive. Inspections sites have strict health and safety guidelines in place to meet level 3 requirements, including contactless service, and you need to follow these. Contact your local inspection site to see if they are open and to book an appointment over the phone. Please ensure the inside of your vehicle is clean and tidy (no rubbish or belongings) before you take the vehicle in.

Alert Level 2

Inspection sites can open. Please check their websites or contact them for availability. Please respect the health and safety guidelines that inspections sites are required to put in place and be kind to those adjusting to working differently.

The WoF on the vehicle I drive has expired but I have a practical driving test booked? Can I sit the test using this vehicle?

To ensure road safety remains a priority, we encourage you to renew your WoF as soon as possible and as alert levels allow. While temporary extensions are in place for WoFs that expire between 21 July and 30 November 2021, wait times at inspection sites are expected leading up to November and we recommend you take your vehicle for its inspection now.

If the WoF on the vehicle you intend to use is extended, it can be used to sit your practical driving test as long as it passes the standard safety check done prior to the practical driving test commencing.

Please see below for permitted vehicle inspection information under the various alert levels.

Note: after the extension ends you must have a current WoF/CoF before you can renew your rego. The ability to renew your rego online remains available.

Information about the temporary extensions in place

Alert Level 4

Only vehicles required for permitted movement (and their supply chains) can obtain a WoF/CoF as it’s regarded as a permitted trip and can still be obtained to ensure vehicle safety remains a priority.

Alert Level 3

You can get your vehicle inspected and you’re encouraged to do so to ensure it remains safe to drive. Inspections sites have strict health and safety guidelines in place to meet level 3 requirements, including contactless service, and you need to follow these. Contact your local inspection site to see if they are open and to book an appointment over the phone. Please ensure the inside of your vehicle is clean and tidy (no rubbish or belongings) before you take the vehicle in.

NZ Police may apply discretion.

Alert Level 2

Inspection sites can open. Please check their websites or contact them for availability. Health and safety requirements remain in place.

Where to get your WoF/CoF

Check the website of your local provider or contact them to see if they are available. Please respect the health and safety guidelines that inspections sites are required to put in place and be kind to those adjusting to working differently.

What if I can’t get my vehicle inspection completed before the end of November 2021?

To ensure road safety remains a priority, we encourage you to renew your WoF/CoF as soon as possible and as alert levels allow. If you are physically unable to take the vehicle in, you may decide to ask someone to take the vehicle on your behalf. Please check that your vehicle insurance covers another driver if you choose to do this.

If you do not have the WoF/CoF renewed when the extension ends, you cannot legally use the vehicle.

What if my vehicle fails its inspection and I can’t get the work required done until after the end of November?

Vehicles that fail a WoF/CoF have 28 days to be brought back into compliance. You must not use the vehicle during that time except for the sole purpose of bringing it into compliance, provided the vehicle is safe to be driven.

If I don’t get my document renewed in time, what do I need to do?

Any vehicle with expired WoF/CoF inspections when the extension ends must not be used until the vehicle inspection is completed or certification is reinstated.