If your vehicle’s registration has lapsed its expiry or due date and you have not renewed it, then your vehicle is unregistered.
Note: Driving an unregistered vehicle is illegal.
If your vehicle’s registration has expired, you are left with 2 options, as described below:
Option 1: Renew the vehicle’s registration
You have 90 days from the registration due date to renew your vehicle’s registration. You are eligible for short term registration until the 21st day from the date of expiry as explained on this page. However, from the 22nd to the 90th day from the expiry date, you may only re-register your vehicle for 12 months.
It is important to note that your vehicle’s registration expiry date for the next term will NOT be moved on account of your late registration. This means that if your registration due date is 01 May, even if you purchase a 12-month CTP on 01 July, the expiry date of your vehicle’s registration will still be 01 May of the following year. You might think of it as 2 months of registration and greenslip cover “wasted”. If you want your vehicle’s registration to refresh or start from the day that you re-register your vehicle, then you have Option 2 below.
Options 2: Cancel and re-register your vehicle.
The RMS allows you to voluntarily cancel the registration of your vehicle. This allows you to enjoy a full year’s registration and greenslip cover of your vehicle. Should you decide to take this option, the following will be required to re-register your vehicle:
- An identity and safety check from an authorised unregistered vehicle inspection station
- A 12-month greenslip (a 12-month registration is required)
- A new rego
If your vehicle remains unregistered 90 days from the expiry date, the vehicle’s registration will be cancelled by the RMS. You have up to 14 days from the cancellation date to return your vehicle’s rego/plates.
If you choose to voluntarily cancel the registration of your vehicle, you must surrender your vehicle’s plates and apply for a new one.