Transferring Registration to NSW

Three steps to transfer registration to NSW

To transfer registration of your vehicle to NSW from another state, there are three steps:

  1. Organise a blue slip inspection
  2. Purchase a green slip
  3. Go to Service NSW or motor registry in NSW.

Step 1: Blue slip

Organise an inspection of your vehicle at an Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (inspection station).The inspection will include roadworthiness, compliance and identification.

The inspection report is generally referred to as a blue slip.

You do not usually require a hard copy of your blue slip as most are sent electronically to Service NSW.

Step 2: Green slip

Buy a green slip. Unlike other states in Australia, you must buy Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance (green slip) as a separate step before registration. On this site we explain what a greenslip is, what it covers and how to acquire one. Six insurers issue greenslips in NSW. Prices vary based on your vehicle and other factors.

You can compare prices with our Calculator. It is important to compare prices for all insurers before you purchase your greenslip. Once you have compared prices, contact the insurer of your choice to purchase your greenslip.

For the first registration, you do not usually require a hard copy of the green slip as it is sent electronically to Service NSW. For light vehicles (vehicles under 4.5 tonnes GVM) the first green slip and registration must be for 12 months.

Step 3: Go to a motor registry or Service NSW

You or an authorised representative must attend Service NSW or a motor registry in NSW, in person.

When you attend the motor registry, you or your representative will require:

1.  Proof of identity

  • The proof of identity is for the person attending the motor registry.
  • Proof of identity can be a NSW issued driver photo licence or a NSW Photo Card or other documents listed on the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) site.
  • For an organisation, proof of identity will include evidence of an ACN and authorisation by a Director or an authorised person. Authorisation can be on company letterhead or the application for registration form.

2.  Proof of entitlement to register the vehicle

  •  Proof of entitlement can be a certificate of registration, a sales contract from a motor dealer, a receipt, a statutory declaration or any of the other documents listed on the Service NSW site.
  • A person other than the owner may be entitled to register the vehicle if written authorisation is provided.

3.  Proof of your residential address in NSW

  • Proof of identity documents can be used as proof of your residential address.
  • If your proof of identity documents do not show your current NSW residential address, you will need to provide documents which do. They include a current certificate of registration issued by Service NSW, a licence or registration renewal for the coming period issued by Service NSW showing the residential address, or a contract for sale, lease or rental receipt which is less than 2 years old for the address.

4.  Green slip

5.  Blue slip

  • Go to an Authorised Inspection Station.

6.  Old number plates

  • If available.

7.  An Application for Registration

8.  Evidence of eligibility for a pensioner or other concession, if relevant

At the time of attending Service NSW or motor registry, you must pay the registration fee, stamp duty and a fee for the number plates.

Number plates will be issued, which you must immediately attach to your vehicle. Registration certificates are not issued in NSW for light vehicles.

Service NSW has a registration calculator on its site which gives a guide to the cost of registration, not including the cost of the green slip or blue slip.

Vehicles need to be registered in NSW if they are permanently garaged in NSW. Vehicles are generally regarded as being permanently garaged in NSW when they have been in NSW for more than 3 months.

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