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Introduction

When a NSW-registered vehicle changes ownership:

  • the buyer has to transfer the registration from the previous owner/seller to themselves, and
  • the previous owner/seller has to submit a notice of disposal (NOD) to confirm that they are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle.

If you, the buyer, transfer the registration within 14 days of purchase you'll avoid having to pay a late transfer fee.

Providing the seller has already submitted the NOD, you can transfer the rego online. If they haven't, you'll need to complete the transfer at a Service NSW Centre within the 14 days.

Eligibility

You must:

  • hold a NSW Driver Licence
  • be transferring a vehicle registered in NSW.

Sometimes it’s not possible to transfer registration online, so you'll need to visit a service centre if any of the following apply:

  • you’ve bought the vehicle: 
    • on behalf of an organisation/business, or
    • from interstate
  • you need to transfer the registration due to the death of the owner
  • you’re transferring the registration as the carer or guardian of the vehicle’s owner
  • the vehicle is a heavy vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of over 4.5 tonnes
  • the vehicle’s previous owner has not submitted a NOD
  • the vehicle has special or personalised number plates you don’t want to keep
  • the vehicle’s previous NSW registration expired more than 3 months ago
  • you’re entitled to a stamp duty exemption.

What you need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your application
  • your concession details (if applicable)
  • the previous owner to have submitted a NOD
  • the vehicle's NSW registration plate number
  • the purchase date of the vehicle
  • the purchase price or market price of the vehicle (whichever is higher)
  • payment for the transfer fee and any additional fees and taxes (if applicable).

How to transfer

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Transfer online' button.
  3. Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  4. Follow the prompts to transfer the registration.

If you're not eligible to transfer the registration online:

  1. Download and complete the Application for Transfer of Registration – PDF.
  2. Visit a service centre with:

More information

  • When you buy a vehicle that has current NSW registration, the compulsory third party insurance (CTP green slip) will automatically transfer to you.
  • If you are transferring a current NSW registration, you will not need an eSafety inspection report (pink slip). 
  • If the vehicle has special number plates and they've been transferred with the vehicle, you take on all the rights, responsibilities and annual fees that go with those plates.
  • If you bought the vehicle from a pensioner eligible for a tax concession you are not entitled to, you may need to pay motor vehicle tax when transferring the registration.

Payment methods

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

Last updated: 19 August 2022