Registering a car in New Zealand

So many things that you need to know when you want to buy a vehicle. One of many is the rego that often leads to confusion. Actually, it isn't as complicated as you might think.

What is it?

First of all, rego doesn't mean registration! A rego is the vehicle licensing. This is where you pay a fee to use your vehicle on public roads. It helps to pay for roading projects and road safety programmes. Most motor vehicles must be licensed continuously!


You'll get an e-mail two to four weeks before the licensing fee is due. You can do it as soon as you get it. It will start the day after your expiry date so there will be no wasted money. But if you wait too long you have to pay any backdated licence fees as well as the new one.


The easiest way is paying your licensing fee online. This saves money and time! Also you can do it at AA, NZ Post, VINZ, VTNZ.


The reminder which you get 2 - 4 weeks before the due date includes following:​

  • your vehicle details

  • the fee to licence your vehicle for 12 months

  • a breakdown of the individual components in that fee

  • how to renew your licence online

reminder of rego