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Learn more about registration

There are benefits to traders who register under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 (MVSA).  Some of the benefits of registration are:

  • you are no longer restricted to selling from specified premises
  • your salespersons are not required to be registered or approved
  • there is no compulsory membership in any trade association
  • there are no special warranties in addition to the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
  • there is no fidelity fund.

All registered traders have certain obligations to consumers. See Traders' responsibilities for more information.

Renew my registration

As a registered motor vehicle trader, you must renew your registration every year prior to it expiring. Renewing your registration can be done online at anytime - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Register online now 

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Who needs to register?

The MVSA sets out the criteria for who must register as a motor vehicle trader.

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Who does not need to register, or is unable to register?

Section 9 of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 sets out the criteria for who is not deemed to be a motor vehicle trader. If relying on these criteria, please pay special attention to section 9(2).

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How to register

Registration is a simple process. There are two ways you can make an application to become a registered motor vehicle trader – online or paper.

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Registration process

How to register as an individual or as a company.

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Last updated 10 June 2015


Trader obligations

Registered traders have a number of obligations under the MVSA. To find out more about these have a look at the Trader obligations.


Related websites

Companies Office

Commerce Commission

NZ Transport Agency

New Zealand Customs Service

Inland Revenue