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Transfer your registration

You need to transfer a vehicles registration into your name when it comes into your possession or
management, for example if you buy a vehicle or inherit one. If you sell a vehicle, youll need to lodge a
Notice of Disposal.

Buying a vehicle
When youre considering buying a vehicle, there are a number of checks you should make to help with your
decision:

Use Roads and Maritime Services Check registration and history online service, or the Service NSW mobile app,
to find out basic details about the vehicle for free, or to buy a comprehensive information report

Search the onlinePersonal Property Securities Registerto see if theres any money owing on the vehicle, or if
its been reported stolen

Download the officialMy next car appfrom NSW Fair Trading.

Important: Roads and Maritime Services record the registered operator of a vehicle but do not record ownership of
that vehicle. The registered operator is not necessarily the owner of the vehicle but the person who assumes
responsibility for the vehicle under road transport law.

If the vehicle youre looking at has no number plates, it may be subject to a sanction under the Vehicle Sanctions
Scheme. See Street racing and other hoon offences for information.

Questions to ask before you buy a used car

Has it been crashed and written off?

Was it a NSW police car or taxi?

How many registered operators has it had? One, or ten?

Were the registered operators from NSW?

Check registration and history online for information about a used vehicle.

Transferring the registration into your name


Once youve bought the vehicle, youll need to transfer it into your name within 14 days of it coming into your
possession or management. If you do not, a late transfer surcharge may apply.

You can transfer registration online, or in person at a registry or service centre.

Online
Note: You cant transfer registration into an organisations name online. Please attend a registry or service centre in
person.

To transfer registration online:



The previous registered operator of the vehicle (the seller) must have lodged a Notice of Disposal

You need an online account. If youre not already recorded on Roads and Maritime systems, youll need to attend
a registry or service centre in person

You must pay the transfer costs by credit card.

In person at a registry or service centre


To transfer registration in person, youll need to provide:

A completed Application for Transfer form

Proof of your identity. If youre registering the vehicle in the name of an organisation, you need to complete the
Representatives Authority section on the Application for Registration form

If you send someone else to transfer the registration to your name, youll need to complete the Representatives
Authority section on the Application for Registration. Your representative must also provide their own proof of
identity

Important: If youre not already recorded in Roads and Maritime systems, you cannot send a representative
you must attend in person

Proof of your entitlement to register the vehicle

Payment for:

Transfer fee

Stamp duty (unless youre exempt)

Motor vehicle tax, if you bought the vehicle from someone who received a concession on vehicle tax (for
example a pensioner), and youre not entitled to that concession.

Dont forget to update your E-Tag details!


If you have an E-Tag, make sure you contact your tag provider to update your number plate and vehicle details.

Selling a vehicle
When you sell a vehicle, there are two things you need to do to make sure Roads and Maritime records are updated
correctly:

1. Provide the new registered operator with a document that proves their entitlement to register the vehicle. See
Proof of registration entitlement for information about acceptable documents
2. Lodge a Notice of Disposal for the vehicle.

Notice of Disposal
When you sell a vehicle, or its no longer in your possession, its your responsibility to notify Roads and Maritime by
lodging a Notice of Disposal. There is no charge.

If you forget to tell us that you no longer have the vehicle, you could be held responsible for parking and other
driving offences until the new registered operator transfers the registration into their name. Lodging a Notice of
Disposal helps you avoid unnecessary fines.

If you receive an enforcement notice for a vehicle you no longer have in your possession, you normally have an
opportunity to advise the issuing agency that youre no longer responsible for the vehicle, generally by submitting a
Statutory Declaration. Contact the agency that issued the enforcement notice for more information.

To lodge a Notice of Disposal, you must have all of the following information:

Your name, or the organisations name

Signature of the registered operator. If the vehicle was registered in two names, then only the primary (first listed)
operators signature is required

Plate number

Date of disposal.

If possible, you should also include the following additional information, particularly the name and address of the
new operator:

Vehicle details (you can find this information on the Certificate of Registration):

Year built

Make/model

Engine number

VIN/Chassis number

Your details:

Address

Driver licence number or Roads and Maritime customer number

Reason for the disposal

New operators details:

Name or organisations name

Address

Date of birth (not for organisations)

Selling price or market price, whichever is higher

Driver licence number or Roads and Maritime customer number

You can lodge a Notice of Disposal:

Online provided the new operator is a NSW resident with a NSW driver licence.

Post you can complete the Notice of Disposal on the back of the vehicle's Certificate of Registration or print out
and fill in the Notice of Disposal (PDF, 262Kb) form, then post it to
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

In person at any registry or service centre. You can complete the Notice of Disposal on the back of the
vehicles Certificate of Registration, or you can print out and fill in the Notice of Disposal (PDF, 262Kb) form.

Don't forget to update your E-Tag details


If you have an E-Tag, make sure you contact your tag provider to update your number plate and vehicle details.

Selling a vehicle with special number plates


If youre selling a vehicle with special number plates that have additional annual fees, you should let the new
operator know, as the plates and their fees go with the vehicle.

Keeping the number plates


If youre selling or otherwise disposing of a vehicle and you want to keep the number plates, youll need to take
action before you sell the vehicle.
To keep the plates, you have the following options:

Exchange the number plates for plates on another vehicle registered in your name

Reserve the number plates at a registry or Service NSW centre, and have standard plates issued to the vehicle
instead.

For more information about special number plates, see the myPlates website, or contact myPlates by phoning 13
17 58, or emailing enquiries@myplates.com.au.

CTP insurance
A vehicles Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance (green slip) remains in place and automatically transfers to the
new operator when the registration is transferred.

As the new registered operator, you dont need to do anything with respect to CTP insurance, until the vehicles
registration is due for renewal.

Transfers due to death


There are strict requirements around transferring a vehicles registration due to the death of the registered operator.
See Deceased estatesfor information.