Introduction

You can reserve your NSW number plates for later use. This means they'll be physically stored at a service centre until you want to use them.

You can reserve general issue and special number plates, such as personalised or custom plates.

What you'll need

  • the PDF form – 'Number Plates and/or Cancellation of Registration Application Form'
  • the number plates you want reserved
  • your proof of identity
  • your payment
  • current certificate of registration (if possible).

How to reserve

If the number plates are attached to a NSW registered vehicle:

  1. Download and complete Number Plates and/or Cancellation of Registration Application Form – PDF.
  2. Remove the number plates from the vehicle.
  3. Visit the service centre where you want the plates stored and submit the completed form, the plates and your payment (minimum 1 year).
  4. Request general issue plates to put on your registered vehicle, or cancel your vehicle registration.

If the number plates are on order, or brand new and not in use:

  1. Download and complete Number Plates and/or Cancellation of Registration Application Form – PDF.
  2. Collect your plates.
  3. Visit the service centre where you want the plates stored and submit the completed form, the plates and your payment (minimum 1 year).

Who's eligible?

You're able to reserve NSW number plates that are registered in your name, if any of the following apply:

  • they're currently in use on a vehicle with an active registration
  • they were being used on a vehicle that had registration which expired less than 3 months ago
  • they have been ordered but are not in use yet.

You can't reserve the following:

  • trade plates
  • conditional plates
  • consular plates
  • Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) plates
  • damaged plates
  • lost, stolen, destroyed plates 
  • recalled plates
  • plates attached to a vehicle with a cancelled registration.

Things to keep in mind...

  • Both number plates must be reserved, not just one. If one of the plates has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you need to report it to the NSW Police and surrender the remaining plate.
  • You can reserve for a minimum of 1 year and up to 5 years at a time. 
  • You’ll also have to pay the annual fee for personalised and custom number plates while they are in reserve.
  • You'll be sent a notification letter 21 days before the reservation expiry date to remind you to renew the reservation or pick up your plates. If you don’t renew or collect, the plates will be destroyed.

Payment methods

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