This information is for use on our NSW Historic Vehicle Rego.

(This info is also useful for most NSW Clubs but all info listed here is in regards to us ARTHC.)
(Updated Jun 2021)

You may see terms like Club Rego, HVS & Condition Registration, these terms mean the same on this site and this site only.
Parts of the information listed here will be a copy from the RMS website.
Also some of this info may also be incorrect or incomplete (Due to changes), use as a basic guide only.
ARTHC currently only deal with NSW rego but are looking into other states too..
Only Paid Members (with us) are eligible for Club Rego at this stage.

Please read this page fully before you continue with the rego &/or Road Worthy (Pink Slips).

Historic vehicles may be registered under the Conditional Registration Scheme.

The conditional registration of historic vehicles is referred to as the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS).


Historic vehicles (including trailers) must be 30 years of age or older as from the year of manufacture.

The registered operator must be a member of a Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club.
(Click here for a list of clubs)

If the operator changes clubs during the currency of the conditional registration, an Historic Vehicle Declaration proving vehicle and operator eligibility for the new club is required.

Historic vehicles must be as close to original condition as possible, with no alterations except for safety features such as seatbelts and turn indicators, or period accessories and options, if desired.

LPG conversions are allowed providing it is approved by the Roads and Maritime recognised historic vehicle club.


Registering a vehicle in the Historic Vehicle Scheme

  • A completed Application for Conditional Registration
  • Proof of identity such as a NSW driver licence
  • Proof of registration entitlement (eg an original receipt for the vehicle, which clearly shows the buyer’s name, the seller’s name, address and signature, the VIN or Chassis/frame or serial number and the date of acquisition)
  • A Historic Vehicle Declaration, signed by an official of the club, not greater than 42 days old.
  • A vehicle safety inspection report must also be presented too. (Pink Slip)*


Forms Needed

The forms in the links below are direct downloads from our website and are current at the time of posting, these forms may change over time and we hope to keep them up to date but current ones can also be downloaded at “RMS WEB SITE

RMS Application for Conditional Registration (PDF 451kb)
(From RMS Website, opens in new window)

RMS Historic Vehicle Declaration (PDF 368kb)
(From RMS Website, opens in new window)

(Please download and fill in by hand the above 2 forms)
You can also view a "Sample Only" layout of how the forms should be filled out by clicking below
Application for Conditional Registration (PDF 258kb)
Historic Vehicle Declaration (PDF 212kb)


What this all means is ?

  1. You must be a financial member of our club.
  2. Your vehicle must be 30 years or older.
  3. Your vehicle must be approved by our club before we will sign any paperwork.
  4. Your vehicle must have a vehicle safety inspection report (Pink Slip)*
  5. The vehicle safety inspector must fill in parts on both forms
  6. A “Application for Conditional Registration” form must be fill out correctly.
  7. A “Historic Vehicle Declaration” form must be fill out correctly and signed by a Authorised member of our club.

Other Info to know too.

If you want to change clubs you will need to fill in the same forms.

The club must notify RMS asap if the member has become a Non Financial Member, this will also cancel the members rego on the spot too.


* Our club does not do a Safety Inspection for our own Safety, you must see a authorised centre.


More General Info

Vehicle use

The "Classic Vehicle Log Book" will allow vehicles to be used for 60 days of general use (ie maintenance and personal use) each year, outside of club authorised vehicle events.
Each day’s use must be recorded in a log book issued at a registry or service centre.

Currently Also: If the Vehicle has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 12 tonnes then the “National Driver Work Diary” must be carried and filled out too (in accordance to the NHVR Laws).


Operators wishing to use historic vehicles for the passenger transport for weddings or other functions should first check the requirements under the Passenger Transport Act 1990. The operator must also seek approval from the club, and the details recorded by the club in the official minutes.

Historic vehicles must display conditional registration number plates and a current registration label.

NSW historic vehicles may be used temporarily in other States and Territories, under the same conditions as apply in NSW.



Historic vehicles can tow a trailer that is either fully registered, exempt from registration, has an Unregistered Vehicle Permit or is conditionally registered.



Historic vehicles must meet the following requirements if carrying a load (Including Towing):

  • Loads cannot be carried for commercial purposes.
  • Loads must be the private property of the vehicle operator and/or carried as part of a club event, no Commercial Use.
  • The load must be restrained to the standards detailed in the State's Load Restraint Guide.

Warning: Most states deam the load (say going to a swap meet to sell) as "commercial purposes" and so is not permitted (it doesn't matter if its only one item).


Seatbelts and child restraints

Seatbelts must be worn, where fitted.

Drivers of historic vehicles under the historic vehicle scheme are exempt from the requirement to fit child restraints when carrying children between 12 months and seven years of age, provided:

  • They have written advice from a Licensed Certifier that it is not reasonably practicable to install seatbelts and/or child restraints in the historic vehicle, and
  • This written advice is carried in the vehicle when transporting any child between 12 months and seven years of age.

All passengers under 12 months of age must be restrained in an approved child restraint.


Left-hand drive vehicles

Left-hand drive historic cars, trucks and buses that have a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) up to 4.5 tonnes are not required to display a 'left-hand drive' sign.

Where the GVM is greater than 4.5 tonnes, these vehicles require the words ‘left-hand drive’ to be displayed on the rear of the vehicle in letters at least 75 millimetres high, with a colour contrast background.


Eligibility and Requirements from a Member.

Many Clubs including us here at ARTHC. have Requirements for allowing members to register through them (Some Are Forced).

  • For Us, we ask Members to please attend and help with our 2 main functions, this doesn't require the vehicle, just the member to give some time, Or that member can attend several meetings or assist at the Museum a few times in the year. (We do not force this but ask)
  • Some clubs are requiring a minimum of 1 year as a member before there is any eligibility for Rego, some also require the member to attend some Meetings &/or Functions with the vehicle.

Please Note: For each Club that has requirements, members need to know them and follow them as the club has the rights to cancel a members rego for any non compliance at any time.