A statement of compliance may be acceptable evidence that your vehicle meets the standards required before it can be used on the road. The statement lists the standards to which a vehicle was certified when it was manufactured. To be accepted as evidence the statement:

  • must come from an authorised representative of a vehicle manufacturer, and

  • list standards that are in New Zealand rules and regulations.

To get a statement of compliance you need to:

  1. Contact an authorised representative of the vehicle’s manufacturer. The representative must be either a New Zealand or an overseas representative who is authorised by the manufacturer to issue statements of compliance.  Check the New Zealand Motor Industry Association list of authorised manufacturers' representatives: light vehiclesheavy vehiclesmotorcycles.

  1. Ask the authorised representative to complete a statement of compliance and provide a covering letter on company letterhead. The representative must sign both the statement of compliance and the covering letter. You then present the original documents to the entry certifier (the manufacturer's authorised representative may offer to do this). 

    Vehicle manufacturers can attach a schedule to the statement of compliance, listing the standards to which the vehicle was certified. The statement of compliance must still be completed and signed. The manufacturer should write the words 'see attached schedule' on the part of the table where the standards are specified.

Before importing a vehicle

Entry certifiers assess whether or not vehicles meet the applicable standards and can be registered for use on the road. Talk to an entry certifier early in the importing process to get their advice on your vehicle's suitability. If your vehicle doesn’t meet the standards on arrival, it may be too late to do anything about it. 

Where can you find an entry certifier?

Sample statement of compliance