You're legally required to let us know immediately when you sell a vehicle. For peace of mind, do it online at the time of sale.
You must let us know straight away by:
If you’re a company, you can’t do it online. You'll need to use one of the options listed above instead.
If you don’t let us know you’ve sold the vehicle, you could end up with the buyer’s bills or fines, like tolls or speeding tickets.
It’s a good idea to ask the buyer to put the vehicle into their name before you hand over the keys.
You could ask them to show you their receipt from the agent or their online confirmation, or you could check online:
If you’re selling a vehicle, you must provide:
Vehicle licensing (rego) is paying a regular fee so that your vehicle is allowed to use the road. When you pay the fee, you get a licence label showing the licence expiry date.
If you sell an unlicensed vehicle, you’re responsible for any outstanding licensing fees owing up until the date of change of registered person.
Vehicle registration is paying a one-off fee to add a vehicle’s details to the Motor Vehicle Register. When it’s added to the register, we issue number plates for it.
The registered person can cancel the vehicle’s registration at any time (but must take the vehicle off the road). You should only do this if you're sure you're not going to use the vehicle on the road anymore. You shouldn't cancel the registration if you're selling the vehicle to someone else who’s going to use it on the road.
We’ll cancel a vehicle’s registration if it has been unlicensed for 12 months (for most vehicles) or 24 months (for tractors, trailers and a few other vehicle types).
You should make sure the buyer knows the vehicle is unregistered, before they buy it. They won’t be able to put the vehicle into their name unless they register it first.
If the vehicle’s RUC is overdue at the time of sale, you as the seller are committing an offence under the Road User Charges Act 2012. The buyer may become responsible for the outstanding fees.
We recommend you consider unpaid RUC when setting the sale price. This is between you and the buyer - Waka Kotahi doesn’t become involved.
Buyers can insist on a WoF or CoF being less than one month old. This helps protect them against faults that have developed since the last inspection.
If the buyer doesn't insist, they should confirm in writing to you that they accept the WoF or CoF is more than one month old. This protects you as the seller.
If the WoF or CoF has expired, you must:
Selling a vehicle 'as is, where is' doesn't remove your legal requirements under consumer law and transport law.
If you’re selling a vehicle and its personalised plates, you'll need to negotiate this separately with the buyer and complete a transfer agreement for the plates.
If you sell a vehicle to a motor vehicle trader, you still need to let us know you've sold the vehicle.
When we receive notification that you’ve sold a vehicle, we’ll update the Motor Vehicle Register to show you're no longer the registered person for the vehicle.
We may send you a letter or email, checking if you’ve sold the vehicle. We don’t always do this, but will contact you if we’ve noticed something that doesn’t add up.
An example is if the buyer has taken too long to let us know they’ve bought the vehicle.
There are some exceptions that can stop a letter or email from being sent, for example, if you sell your vehicle to a trader.