Who we are

The Motor Vehicle Traders Register is administered and maintained by Trading Standards – a team within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The role of the Registrar

The Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 was designed to promote and protect the interests of consumers in the area of motor vehicle sales. The Act requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders to maintain the Motor Vehicle Traders Register and perform certain functions set out in the Act.

The Registrar role is held by the Manager of Trading Standards Motor Vehicle Traders.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards is a team within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Our team works to help protect New Zealand consumers by keeping our marketplace free from unsafe and non-compliant products and services. One aspect of this work is administering and maintaining the licencing registers for motor vehicle traders.

Our approach

We strive to be customer-focused, fair and consistent. Our approach to compliance is risk and evidence-based, and we prefer to educate first wherever possible. The main Trading Stanadards website has more information about our core principles and how we deal with compliance.

How we do it – Trading Standards(external link)