Safety check required when renewing your registration


Generally, light vehicles more than five years old require a safety check (previously called a pink slip) before you can renew the registration. Light vehicles include:

  • Passenger cars
  • Goods carrying vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (without power-operated brakes)
  • All motorcycles
  • Trailers and caravans with an aggregate trailer mass of 4.5 tonnes or less (including those fitted with breakaway brakes, but not including those fitted with air or vacuum (breakaway) braking systems).
Your registration renewal notice, except in the case of some point to point transport vehicles, will state whether or not you need an inspection.

Vehicles used to provide point to point transport services must have a safety check at least once a year.
Safety checks can only be performed at an Authorised Inspection Scheme station such as Cromer Tyre and Mechanical. We will send the report to Roads and Maritime electronically, so you don't need to go to the Roads and Maritime Service Centre.
Once your vehicle has passed the safety check inspection, you can renew the registration.


If your vehicle fails the safety check, you can't renew the registration until the required repairs are made.
We will contact you immediately and let you know what is required and estimate how much it will cost.
If you choose to organise the repairs yourself, we will give you a detailed Repairs Needed report showing what repairs are required. If the repairs are completed within 14 days, the vehicle can be reassessed here with no additional safety check fees. Once the repairs have been made and the vehicle passes the safety check, we will issue a safety check report, and you can renew your registration.