REGISTRATION STATUS & EXPIRY

Every vehicle driven on public roads in Australia must be registered - this includes cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, and buses. 

 

Vehicles are registered through the eight state and territory jurisdictions and this information is held centrally in the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS). 

 

Some states in Australia bundle the registration fee with compulsory third-party insurance (CTP). Apart from insurance, the registration fees are used to fund roading improvements and road safety initiatives.

WHAT IS A REGISTRATION STATUS?

A vehicle’s registration status shows the current situation of a vehicle. There are two statuses that a vehicle could return:

  • Registered - the vehicle’s registration is currently active

  • Unregistered - the vehicle’s registration has expired and not been renewed

WHAT IS A REGISTRATION EXPIRY?

A vehicle’s registration expiry is the date that its registration expires unless it is renewed. As CTP insurance is often linked to a vehicle’s registration this could also be the date that the vehicle’s CTP insurance expires. 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Any driver caught operating a vehicle that is not currently registered can be fined and these fines often total more than the cost of the registration itself. These fines can also apply to third parties who may have a vehicle temporarily like mechanics and panel beaters.

 

In some states an expired registration means that your CTP insurance has also expired, causing potential costly repairs if the vehicle is involved in an accident. 

 

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