NSW Rego Check


Why do you need to do NSW rego check?

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In New South Wales,

drivers of motor vehicles travel over 49,696 million kilometres each year.

This statistic includes buses, motor bikes, trucks and cars – and it’s an indicator of the high stakes of road safety in NSW. The Government body responsible for road safety in NSW is the NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

However, the responsibility of road safety does not just fall on the NSW RMS, but on individuals driving on NSW roads as well.


Drivers are not only responsible for their own actions, but for knowing the history of the car that they are driving.


An easy way to understand the history of a motor vehicle you’re looking to buy second hand – or to check the history of an unfamiliar car you are planning to drive – is to run a NSW rego check.

  • Rego expiry date

  • Vehicle details, such as model and type

  • Registrations restrictions

  • Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer details

  • Registration status

FAQ about NSW rego check

Once your registration expires, your vehicle becomes unregistered. You can still renew it within 3 months of the expiry date. Driving an unregistered vehicle is illegal and carries heavy penalties.

An eSafety (or pink slip) inspection report verifies your vehicle is safe and ready for the road. Most light vehicles more than 5 years old will require an eSafety check before they can be registered in NSW. Your registration renewal papers will state whether or not you need an inspection.

NSW reports are valid for 6 months, excluding public passenger vehicles. You must use the report to renew registration within 6 months for the safety check to be valid.

to receive free rego in the 2021-22 financial year (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022): you must have spent $1,406 or more (about $27 a week) on NSW toll roads in the previous financial year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021) while driving a NSW privately registered light vehicle.

An eSafety check costs $42 (for light vehicles) and are only required in NSW.

Under the new arrangements, vehicle owners in Victoria will be able to pay their registration fees in installments while those in NSW will be eligible for free car registration if they spend a weekly given amount on tolls over a year.

If you choose, you can renew your registration for 3 months or 6 months, depending on the vehicle type.

Once your car’s registration expires, you get a 30 days grace period and it is must to renew the registration in that period as you can’t drive a car with expired registration anymore on the roads.

Sellers are required to do two things when selling a car in NSW. They must provide the buyer with proof of their entitlement to register the vehicle. Acceptable documents are: An original copy of a registration certificate, renewal notice, or other registration document signed by the previous owner.

If you’re the registered operator of a vehicle, you can cancel your registration and hand in the vehicle’s number plates, at a service centre. There’s a cancellation fee, but you’re able to apply for a refund of any unused portion of the motor vehicle tax.

Registration and CTP

Your CTP Green Slip insurance is a policy you buy from an insurer, whereas your registration is a duty paid to the government, and you might think of them as them as two entirely separate entities.

It is possible to get a refund on a green slip, provided you have canceled registration of the vehicle and NSW has confirmed this in a letter. The insurer will need this letter to be able to refund the unused portion of the green slip. The insurer may also deduct an administration fee.



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