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How To Transfer Rego In NSW (Buyer & Seller Guide)

Whether you are selling or buying a car transferring the registration is essential to ensure that you can continue to drive on NSW roads. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide below to help you complete the process.

Transferring Car Registration in NSW As A Seller

Once the sale is complete, you’ll need to submit a Notice of Disposal (NOD) to complete the transfer process. This can be done online on the Service NSW website or in person at a NSW Service Centre. For our full NOD submission guide click here.

What documents do you need to submit online?

  • The vehicle’s NSW registration details
  • Your NSW Driver Licence or Photo Card details
  • The buyer’s NSW Driver Licence
  • The NSW motor dealer’s licence number and registered business name (if you sold a vehicle to a dealership)
  • The sale date (known as the date of disposal)
  • The sale price or market value of the vehicle (whichever is higher)
  • A MyServiceNSW Account

When do I need to submit a NOD NSW Service Centre or via mail?

  • You don’t have a NSW Driver Licence or Photo Card
  • You have a conditional vehicle registration
  • You’re disposing of the vehicle on behalf of a company or an organisation
  • The buyer resides interstate and holds an interstate driver licence
  • The buyer is an interstate motor dealer who doesn’t have a NSW motor dealer licence number.

If you cannot submit online, you may lodge a paper form at a Service NSW Centre or via mail. When you arrive at the Service Centre let the staff know that you are there to submit a NOD form in person. They’ll assist you with the submission process.

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Transferring Car Registration in NSW As A Buyer

When you acquire a vehicle in NSW, whether through buying or as a gift, you’ll need to transfer the registration within 14 days to avoid incurring a late transfer fee. Here’s how:

Online Transfer
The easiest way is to use the My Service NSW website for online transfers once the previous owner has lodged their Notice of Disposal.

As long as you have the following documents you can have your transfer complete in less than an hour:

  • NSW driver license
  • Registration of the vehicle in NSW
  • The vehicle’s NSW registration plate number
  • Concession details (if applicable)
  • Purchase details: Date, purchase price or market value (whichever is higher)

You’ll need to visit a Service NSW Centre to transfer the registration if:

  • The vehicle’s previous owner has not submitted a NOD
  • 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 has custom number plates you don’t want to keep (plates must be returned to a service centre once removed from the vehicle)
  • The vehicle’s previous NSW registration expired more than 3 months ago (you’ll get a stamp duty exemption)

For an in-person transfer, you’ll need the following documents:

  • Application for Transfer form (Can be obtained here or at the Service Centre)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of entitlement to register the vehicle
  • Concession details (if applicable)
  • Payment for registration transfer fee, stamp duty, and personalised plate transfer fee (if applicable).


How much does it cost to transfer rego in NSW?

Registration transfer fee within 14 days of acquiring the vehicle: $37

Registration transfer fee after 14 days of acquiring the vehicle: $172*

Do I need to pay stamp duty if I’m transferring my rego?

Yes, similar to buying a new car you’ll need to pay stamp duty, though there are some exemptions for electric vehicles and other circumstances.

Stamp duty is calculated at 3% of the vehicle’s value.

For passenger vehicles valued beyond $45,000 and accommodating up to 9 occupants, the stamp duty is: $1,350 plus 5% of every dollar over $45,000*.

* All figures are taken from www.service.nsw.gov.au and current as of May 2024

Do I need to pay motor vehicle tax when transferring rego?

In most cases, you won’t need to pay additionally motor vehicle tax. You’ll only have to pay it if the seller claimed a tax concession and you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the concession.

Do I need a new Green slip (CTP insurance) when transferring rego?

Luckily you won’t have to purchase new CTP insurance, as it’s automatically transferred to the new owner.

Do I need a new Pink Slip or RWC (Road Worthy Certificate) when transferring rego?

If you’re transferring an existing registration in NSW, there’s no requirement for a new RWC (pink slip).

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