What we do

We administer and maintain the Motor Vehicle Traders Register in New Zealand. We also investigate some non-compliance and MVSA offences, and maintain a public list of banned traders.

Registering motor vehicle traders

We administer and maintain the Motor Vehicle Traders Register in New Zealand. The register holds essential information about registered motor vehicle traders and their business. Traders can register, and maintain and renew their registration, via this website.

Apply to register as a motor vehicle trader

Renew your registration

Maintain your registration

The Motor Vehicle Sales Act explains who must register as a motor vehicle trader.

Who needs to register

Anyone can search the Register to find out if a motor vehicle trader is registered.

Search the Register

Investigating trader activities

We investigate offences against the Motor Vehicle Sales Act, including odometer tampering, and motor vehicle traders who are trading illegally.

Enforcement

Other complaints about vehicle purchases are handled by agencies such as the Commerce Commission and the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal.

Getting help or making a complaint

Banned traders

There are a number of activities that can result in a trader being banned from trading in motor vehicles, such as trading within 5 years of a dishonesty conviction, or failing to comply with Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal orders.

The Act requires us to maintain a public list of banned persons. This lists individuals and companies that are currently banned.

Banned traders list