Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011

Reprint as at 19 January 2015

Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011

(SR 2011/79)

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 28th day of March 2011

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Transport.

Pursuant to section 269 of the Land Transport Act 1998, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Interpretation

Part 1

4 Application for registration of motor vehicle

5 Entry on register and issue of certificates

6 Cancellation of registration on destruction or permanent removal of motor vehicle

7 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 12 months

8 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 24 months

9 Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle not registered or licensed in accordance with Act or regulations made under Act

10 Surrender of plates on cancellation of registration

Part 2

11 Application for licence

12 Issue of licences on payment of accident insurance levy

13 Commencement of licences

14 Duration of licences

15 Form of licence

16 Display of licences

17 Change of use of motor vehicle

18 Change of address

Part 3

19 Exemptions from certain requirements

20 Temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

21 Limitations of exemptions granted under regulation 20

22 Effect of temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

23 Revocation of temporary exemption

Part 4
Registration plates

Trade plates

24 Application for trade plates

25 Issue of trade plates

26 Use of trade plates

27 Duration of trade plates

Supplementary plates

28 Application for supplementary plates

29 Issue of supplementary plates

30 Use of supplementary plates

Issue of plates

31 Power to decline to issue plates

Form of registration plates

32 Unique identifier to be unique

33 Form of ordinary plates

34 Form of personalised plates

35 Form of supplementary plates

36 Form of trade plates

37 Form of plates for official motor vehicles

38 Decorative marks

Display of registration plates

39 Display of ordinary plates

40 Display of personalised plates

41 Display of supplementary plates

42 Display of trade plates

Transactions involving personalised plates

43 Transfer of personalised plates

44 Issue and receipt of personalised plates

45 Surrender of personalised plates and existing registration plates

Part 5
Change of registered person

46 Notice by person who sells motor vehicle

47 Special kinds of sale

48 Notice by person who acquires motor vehicle

49 Recording change of particulars of registered person

50 Change from joint to sole registered person

51 Correction of register

Part 6
Authorised access to names and addresses on register of motor vehicles

52 Interpretation

53 Application under section 241(3)(a) and (4) of Act

54 Applicants who are individuals

55 Applicants wanting authorisation for business

56 Applicants that are representative bodies

57 Questions

58 Notification under section 241(7)(b) of Act

Part 7

59 Registrar’s power to require information

60 Replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates

61 Surrender of unauthorised licence

62 Reflectorised registration plates

Part 8

Amounts payable

63 Registration and licensing fees

64 Fees for registration plates

65 Fees for replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates

65A Registrar may waive, refund, or rebate administration fee

66 Fees for information from register

67 Fee for change of registered person

68 Application processing fee under section 241(3)(b) of Act

69 Goods and services tax

Apportionment and abatement

70 Apportionment of liability for licence fees and accident insurance levies

71 Abatement of licence fees and accident insurance levies

72 Recovery of unpaid fees, levies, and penalties for late payment

73 Prescribed recipient

Part 9
Offences and penalties

Information offences

74 Use of personal information

75 Impersonating another person

76 Provision of false or misleading information

Registration and licensing offences

77 Operation of unregistered or unlicensed motor vehicle

78 Keeping motor vehicle continuously licensed and paying fees

79 Wrongful application for registration

80 Application for licence where registration cancelled

81 Incorrect licence fee and accident insurance levy paid

82 Failure to notify sale or acquisition

83 Failure to notify under regulation 6(1) or 18

Other offences

84 Misuse of trade plate

85 Registration plates or licence not displayed as required

86 Display of object or design intended to deceive

87 Obscured or indistinguishable registration plate or licence

88 Driving vehicle with temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement

89 Interference with prohibition notice

90 Failure to surrender registration plates and licences


91 Evidence of registration and licensing


92 Fines

93 Infringement offences

94 Infringement fees

95 Form of infringement notice

96 Demerit points for infringement offences against certain provisions

Part 10
Revocations, consequential amendment, and expiry

97 Revocations

98 Consequential amendment

99 Expiry of regulation 19(1)(c) and Part 3 of Schedule 2

Schedule 1
Form of licence

Schedule 2

Schedule 3
Form of trade plate

Schedule 4
Form of plates for official motor vehicles

Schedule 5

Schedule 6

Schedule 7
Demerit points for certain infringement offences

Schedule 8
Consequential amendment

Gazette information

Reprint notes