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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 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.
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  • the vehicle's NSW registration plate number
  • a valid credit card.
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  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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Roads and Maritime Services 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 insurer and policy expiry date.
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For online transactions:

  • PayPal, or
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

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Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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