Land Transport (Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2011

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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


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

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.


4Application for registration of motor vehicle
5Entry on register and issue of certificates
6Cancellation of registration on destruction or permanent removal of motor vehicle
7Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 12 months
8Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle unlicensed for more than 24 months
9Cancellation of registration if motor vehicle not registered or licensed in accordance with Act or regulations made under Act
10Surrender of plates on cancellation of registration
11Application for licence
12Issue of licences on payment of accident insurance levy
13Commencement of licences
14Duration of licences
14AExtension of duration of licences for COVID-19
15Form of licence
16Display of licences
17Change of use of motor vehicle
18Change of address
19Exemptions from certain requirements
20Temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
21Limitations of exemptions granted under regulation 20
22Effect of temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
23Revocation of temporary exemption
23AInterpretation [Revoked]
23BLimited exemption from registration and licensing for First World War motor vehicles [Revoked]
23CLimited exemption may be granted subject to conditions [Revoked]
23DDuration of limited exemption [Revoked]
23ERevocation [Revoked]
24Application for trade plates
25Issue of trade plates
26Use of trade plates
27Duration of trade plates
28Application for supplementary plates
29Issue of supplementary plates
30Use of supplementary plates
31Power to decline to issue plates
32Unique identifier to be unique
33Form of ordinary plates
34Form of personalised plates
35Form of supplementary plates
36Form of trade plates
37Form of plates for official motor vehicles
38Decorative marks
39Display of ordinary plates
40Display of personalised plates
41Display of supplementary plates
42Display of trade plates
43Transfer of personalised plates
44Issue and receipt of personalised plates
45Surrender of personalised plates and existing registration plates
46Notice by person who sells motor vehicle
47Special kinds of sale
48Notice by person who acquires motor vehicle
49Recording change of particulars of registered person
50Change from joint to sole registered person
51Correction of register
53Application under section 241(3)(a) and (4) of Act
54Applicants who are individuals
55Applicants wanting authorisation for business
56Applicants that are representative bodies
58Notification under section 241(7)(b) of Act
59Registrar’s power to require information
60Replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates
61Surrender of unauthorised licence
62Reflectorised registration plates
63Registration and licensing fees
64Fees for registration plates
64AAdditional fee for certain RUC vehicles [Expired]
64BAdditional fee for certain RUC vehicles
65Fees for replacement certificates and licences, and duplicate and replacement plates
65ARegistrar may waive, refund, or rebate administration fee
66Fees for information from register
67Fee for change of registered person
68Application processing fee under section 241(3)(b) of Act
69Goods and services tax
70Apportionment of liability for licence fees and accident insurance levies
71Abatement of licence fees and accident insurance levies
72Recovery of unpaid fees, levies, and penalties for late payment
73Prescribed recipient
74Use of personal information
75Impersonating another person
76Provision of false or misleading information
77Operation of unregistered or unlicensed motor vehicle
77AIncorrect use of heavy RUC vehicle trade plate
78Keeping motor vehicle continuously licensed and paying fees
79Wrongful application for registration
80Application for licence where registration cancelled
81Incorrect licence fee and accident insurance levy paid
82Failure to notify sale or acquisition
83Failure to notify under regulation 6(1) or 18
84Misuse of trade plate
85Registration plates or licence not displayed as required
86Display of object or design intended to deceive
87Obscured or indistinguishable registration plate or licence
88Driving vehicle with temporary exemption from continuous licensing requirement
89Interference with prohibition notice
90Failure to surrender registration plates and licences
91Evidence of registration and licensing
93Infringement offences
94Infringement fees
95Form of infringement notice
96Demerit points for infringement offences against certain provisions
98Consequential amendment
99Expiry of regulation 19(1)(c) and Part 3 of Schedule 2
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