If you're the registered operator of a vehicle, you can cancel your registration and hand in the vehicle's number plates, at a service centre.
There's a cancellation fee, but you're able to apply for a refund of any unused portion of the motor vehicle tax.
What you need
- the vehicle's registration certificate (if available)
- the vehicle's number plates (or a Police Event Number if the plates have been lost, stolen or destroyed)
- your proof of identity
- your payment
- the PDF forms:
- 'Number Plates and/or Cancellation of Registration'
- 'Request for refund of NSW registration' (if applicable)
- 'Application for Transfer/Refund of NSW Registrations for Motor Dealers' (motor dealers only).
- if the vehicle was written-off or stolen, a document from the Police or insurance company with the date of the incident
- access to a printer.
How to cancel
- Download and complete:
- Ensure you have all the required documentation.
- Visit a service centre, lodge your application, and return the vehicle's number plates.
If you don't live in NSW, you can cancel your registration from interstate by post.
- If you want to keep the plates after you cancel your vehicle's registration, you'll need to put them in reserve at a service centre. Additional fees may apply.
- If your vehicle is registered in joint names, you only need the signature of the primary operator.