Welcome to NSW! This blog is for you if you’ve moved to NSW with an interstate vehicle within the last 3 months and intend to stay. Find out how to easily transfer registration from your other state or territory.
Your first registration in NSW
This will be your first registration in NSW. The system is NSW is different from other states and terrritories as you have to buy CTP insurance separately before you can register your vehicle. The first CTP insurance and registration must be for a period of 12 months.
You need to go in person to a motor registry or Service NSW with all the documents required for the first registration of your vehicle. After the first time, you will be able to renew registration by phone or online. You will also be able to buy CTP insurance and renew registration for 6 months.
How do I transfer registration to NSW?
There are three steps to transfer registration to NSW:
- Get a blue slip (safety and identity check) for your vehicle at a NSW mechanic (authorised inspection station).
- Buy CTP insurance – compare the cheapest prices.
- Go in person to Service NSW or motor registry with documents proving your identity, residential address and entitlement to register the vehicle.
See our checklist below. ›
What is a blue slip?
A blue slip is a safety and identity check of the vehicle. Most NSW mechanics can do this inspection but you need to book it. A blue slip takes longer than a pink slip (annual safety check) and is valid for only 42 days. Make sure you are ready to register your vehicle within that time.
What is a green slip?
In NSW, compulsory third party (CTP) insurance is usually called a green slip. Your green slip covers you for people who are killed or injured in a road accident involving your vehicle. You can choose between six insurers and they all provide the same cover by law. One insurer, NRMA Insurance, offers further coverage on top of the green slip for drivers who are at fault in an accident.
After you buy your blue and green slips, Service NSW receives electronic copies of them. You are then ready to visit Service NSW or motor registry with everything you need to show.
|What to do
|Book this at a NSW mechanic
|Green slip (CTP insurance)
|Compare prices from every insurer and buy
|Application for registration form
|Proof of identity
|Show, eg, birth certificate, passport, credit card
|Proof of residential address in NSW
|Use, eg, contract of sale, lease agreement
|Proof of entitlement to register
|Show, eg, interstate certificate of registration or motor dealer sales contract
|Previous number plates
|Pay for registration, stamp duty, number plates
Cancel your previous state or territory registration
Once you have fixed NSW number plates to your vehicle, you need to cancel registration in your previous state or territory. When you cancel registration, you also cancel that state or territory’s CTP insurance.
You are now legally ready to drive your vehicle in NSW.
Remember in NSW you have to buy a green slip before you can renew registration next time.