There are a number of ways that you can request Motor Vehicle Register information.
Motochek is an internet service developed by Waka Kotahi that enables people who use Motor Vehicle Register information in bulk or on a frequent basis, to access the information electronically. Detailed vehicle information and the names and addresses of companies and organisations that are or have been registered is available through Motochek. The names and addresses of individuals who are currently registered are available through Motochek to people who have been granted an authorisation by the Ministry of Transport.
The personal information we hold on the register is protected by privacy laws. For that reason, if you need somebody's personal information from us, you must have a very good reason for asking for it.
We have a duty to:
If your application is approved, we also must release your name and the reason you applied for the personal details to the person concerned if they ask us.
The protection around personal information means the type of information we can give out depends on who's asking for it and why they need it.
The law only permits the release of personal information for the following purposes:
We can't tell you if your application would be declined before you submit it, because each request for information is different and considered on a case-by-case basis.
We can tell you that your application will most likely be declined unless you provide some exceptional evidence showing a good reason for needing the information and it fits the legislated criteria listed above.
In some cases we may advise you to approach another organisation for the information you need.
Please note the application fee ($15) is non-refundable, regardless of whether your application is approved or declined. It goes towards the cost of processing your application.
Requests for motor vehicle details including details of companies and organisations who are or have been registered can be made by downloading a request for motor vehicle details form. We can provide the following information:
A fee of $15 is payable.
You can confirm whether someone is the registered person online, you’ll need the vehicle's number plate, the name and date of birth of the person or their driver licence number. There is no charge for this service and a result is returned immediately.
When a vehicle is reported as stolen to police, the Motor Vehicle Register is updated from the police system to show the vehicle has been reported stolen. You can submit an online request to check if the police have been advised a vehicle has been reported as stolen. There is no charge for this service and you get an immediate result.
Some Motor Vehicle Register information can be sourced through third parties who include the information with their vehicle information reports. The process and cost of requesting these reports is determined by the relevant third party.