About a Vehicle Safety Inspection and Registration in New South Wales

by Ernest Perez

Getting a vehicle registration inspection for cars in New South Wales is not difficult but it is required under many different circumstances. Before you assume that your car does, or does not, need such an inspection or make any assumptions as to what's included, note a few factors about this type of inspection for New South Wales, and what you need to know about carrying a valid registration certificate in the car as well. This will help you get started on your paperwork and making an appointment with the right persons for the inspection and registration.

Age and type of vehicle for inspection

If you're renewing the registration of your vehicle, it needs a vehicle safety inspection if it's more than five years old. New vehicles will have a safety inspection done through the car's dealership and that inspection should be valid for the next five years.

The exception to this rule is if the car is for public use, such as for taxicabs. These will need a safety inspection done every year, regardless of the car's age, and their inspection is called an Authorized Taxi Inspection Scheme, or ATIS, report, which is slightly different than the inspection needed for privately used vehicles. The other exception is if you've had repairs done to the car that could affect its safety, such as repairs to the chassis, bumpers, and the like, no matter the age of the vehicle. This inspection is needed by light duty vehicles as well as motorcycles, caravans, and trailers.


Once you have the vehicle safety inspection done, you can renew or apply for a new registration. Note that the name on the registration is the operator of the vehicle, not necessarily the owner of the vehicle. The operator would be the person responsible for the vehicle, such as in the case of a vehicle owned by a corporation. The salesperson or individual who would operate the vehicle owned by their company would be on the registration, which is different than the ownership papers for the vehicle.

There cannot be two persons named on the registration, so for instances like married couples who might both drive the car, choose the individual who would be responsible for the car's overall condition. The name on the registration doesn't mean that no one else is legally allowed to drive the car but states who is ultimately responsible for its maintenance, for keeping the registration updated, and the like.