If you're considering buying a used car there are 2 types of vehicle checks you can make online – a free registration check and a vehicle history check.

The free registration check includes whether the NSW registration is suspended or cancelled, and the vehicle's registration expiry date.

For a fee, the vehicle history report includes:

  • if and why the vehicle was written-off anywhere in Australia from 2004
  • if the vehicle, its number plates or its engine are stolen
  • the number of registered operators in NSW
  • the vehicle's past use, for example, as a taxi/hire car
  • if the vehicle has single/joint registered operators
  • the vehicle's first registration date in NSW
  • the past three odometer readings (if applicable).


  • A registration check can only be run on vehicles previously or currently registered in NSW.
  • A vehicle history report is not available for conditionally registered vehicles.

What you need

  • the vehicle's NSW registration plate number
  • a valid credit card.

How to order

  1. Select the 'Order online' button.
  2. Enter the NSW plate number.
  3. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
  4. Select the 'Next' button.
  5. Check your details and submit.
  6. Enter your payment details.
  7. Once your payment has been processed, download or email your report and transaction receipt.

More information

  • The vehicle history report is not usable in court or certified for any legal evidence.
  • If you need information for legal proceedings you can request a certified copy from Transport for NSW Certificates Unit, Locked Bag 14, Grafton NSW 2460.
  • The free registration check includes:
    • the registration expiry date
    • whether the registration is suspended or cancelled
    • any registration restrictions
    • any registration concessions (additional charges may apply upon transfer to a new owner)
    • the compulsory third party (CTP) insurer and policy expiry date.
  • The vehicle VIN will not be provided in this report.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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