Selling a vehicle can be a simple and straightforward process if you have all the necessary paperwork, including a current vehicle registration. But what happens if your vehicle registration has expired, and you need to sell your vehicle? In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of selling a vehicle with expired registration in NSW.

The first thing you need to do if you want to sell your vehicle with expired registration is to renew the registration. In NSW, driving an unregistered vehicle carries a hefty fine if caught, so you need to renew the registration if it’s not up to date. You can renew your registration online, over the phone, or at your nearest vehicle registration office. Once you’ve paid the renewal fee and received your new registration certificate, you can proceed with selling your vehicle.

The next step is to obtain a roadworthy certificate. A roadworthy certificate ensures that the vehicle is safe to drive on the road. In NSW, it’s compulsory to provide a roadworthy certificate when selling a vehicle. The certificate is valid for 28 days from the date of issue, so you need to ensure that you get this done soon after renewing your registration. You can obtain a roadworthy certificate from a licensed mechanic or at an authorized inspection station.

After obtaining a roadworthy certificate, you need to advertise your vehicle for sale. Make sure that you include all the necessary details such as make and model, year of manufacture, condition, and asking price. You can advertise your vehicle online or in local newspapers. When potential buyers contact you, ensure that you disclose that the registration has expired, but you have renewed it and obtained a roadworthy certificate.

When a potential buyer comes to inspect the vehicle, allow them to test drive it if they have a current driver’s license, and make sure that you have all the necessary documents ready for them to review, including the registration certificate, roadworthy certificate, and any service or maintenance records. Once the buyer agrees to purchase the vehicle, you need to complete a transfer of ownership form, which you can obtain from any registration office or the Roads and Maritime Services website. Ensure that you sign the form, and the buyer also signs it and provides their contact details, as this will protect you in case of any disputes.


Selling a vehicle with expired registration in NSW may seem like a daunting process, but it’s not impossible. By following the steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily sell your vehicle, even if the registration has expired. Remember to renew the registration, obtain a roadworthy certificate, advertise your vehicle, and complete a transfer of ownership form. Good luck with your sale, and we hope this guide has been helpful.