MG Car Club Conditional Registration Policy

Conditional registration was created for vehicles that require limited road access.

The RMS (NSW Roads and Maritime Services) alone issues a permit for conditional registration on the basis of information provided by approved motoring clubs such as the MGCC and/or the Australian Council of Motoring Clubs (ACMC).

Owners must belong to an RMS-recognised historic vehicle club as published on the RMS website. You must be a full member or a family member of the MGCC to obtain conditional registration.

Your registration is a contract between you and the RMS. The MGCC merely confirms your membership status and the historic eligibility of your vehicle. If there is a breach of the rules, you will be responsible. If you are tempted to submit bogus forms or misinformation be warned that you can be charged for making each false declaration to a public official.

There are two schemes for conditional registration (including replicas of historic vehicles)

Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS)

Historic vehicles must be 30 years or older and as close to original condition as possible, with no alterations except for manufacturer’s options and safety enhancements such as seatbelts and turn indicators.  Modifications based on period accessories and options are currently not acceptable to the RMS.

Owners of historic vehicles can make owner certified modifications provided they are in accordance with the RMS Document Vehicle Standards Information VSI-06 and VSI-09 (a link to these documents is available on the club website). This change places the onus on the member/participant to fully appraise themselves with the two schemes as well as the RMS documentation which outlines modifications for light vehicles and just what requires certification and what doesn’t.

If in doubt about owner-certification check with an authorised blue slip provider. They are the final decision makers about what is/is not requiring certification.

Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS)

Ffor manufactured vehicles 30 years or older where the vehicle has been modified beyond the limits of owner certified modifications and must now meet current Australian Design Rules (ADRs) for the change (e.g., more powerful engine greater than 20%, roll bar, major suspension/steering alterations etc.,).

HVS and CVS both have a log book option which is operated by the ACMC in conjunction with the RMS where you can drive the vehicle for an unrestricted 60 days per year.

Details must be recorded before you leave home using the logbook issued by the RMS for your current period of registration. You should not use old logbooks nor alter logbooks in any way. Club events are additional to the 60 days and you are not required to list these club events in your logbook.  It is advisable to carry evidence of an event in case you are stopped by the police.

Owners of vehicles registered under either HVS or CVS schemes are responsible for obeying the regulations and conditions stipulated by the RMS. Failure to comply will void the registration and insurances on the vehicle exposing the owner to police fines and/or considerable personal liability in the event of an accident.

HVS and CVS vehicles no longer display registration labels. Police now have the capability to photo ID your number plate and they may well turn up to your house and ask to inspect your vehicle or to see the log book entry for the time/day you used the car.

As a member of the MGCC Limited you must opt in to the logbook trial for HVS or CVS

As the MGCC Limited has opted into the log book trial if you wish to do maintenance related trips on your vehicle then you must log an entry. To opt in, the registered vehicle operator or their representative must attend a registry or service centre and present:

  • Proof of identity such as a NSW driver’s licence
  • Your current Certificate of Conditional Registration
  • Your current Certificate of Approved Operations
  • A completed Change of Records form (available at the registry or online)

The following condition will be added to the vehicle’s existing conditions:

  • Classic Log Book – May be used for 60 days per year subject to log book conditions.

What the RMS Wants

To obtain HVS the vehicle operator must provide the RMS with:

  1. Proof of your identity and ownership (Bill of Sale, previous registration, will, etc.). Joint names are not allowed
  2. A completed Application for Conditional Registration (new applications only – the MGCC does not need to see this form) and a Historic Vehicle Declaration form (white 1259) signed/stamped by a club official stating the member is financial and that the vehicle is eligible
  3. Notification of car clubs for which they have membership and nominating a primary club. The listed clubs must be on the RMS’ approved list for conditional registration (e.g. GEAR, ARDC or Appendix J are not listed)
  4. A current pink slip for initial registration or renewal
  5. A registration fee which includes an administration fee, number plate fee and CTP insurance. This insurance only covers you on roads or road-related areas (e.g., footpaths, nature strips, public driveways, public car parks etc), but not on private property

To obtain CVS the vehicle operator must provide the RMS with:

  1. Proof of your identity and ownership (Bill of Sale, previous registration, will, etc). Joint names are not allowed
  2. A completed Application for Conditional Registration (new applications only – the MGCC does not need to see this form) and a Classic Vehicle Declaration (white 1835) stamped by a club official stating the member is financial and that the vehicle meets the criteria for a CVS. This form must also be stamped and signed by the ACMC
  3. Notification of car clubs for which they have membership and nominating a primary club. The listed clubs must be on the RMS’ approved list for conditional registration (e.g. GEAR, ARDC or Appendix J are not listed)
  4. An RMS approved Engineer’s Certificate (a copy must be carried in the car at all times)
  5. A current blue slip (first registration only) or a current Pink Slip (renewal only)
  6. A registration fee – the same as for the HVS

To Comply with Conditional Registration – HVS and CVS

The operator may use the vehicle on club runs published in the club magazine or for 60 days as recorded in the log book.

  1. In accordance with the conditions listed on the Certificate of Approved Operations issued by the RMS. This certificate must be carried in the vehicle at all times along with proof of your membership
  2. To carry one person per seating position and seat belts must be worn, where fitted
  3. Interstate, continuously for a period of 3 months
  4. Remain a financial member of their nominated club
  5. To carry a copy of the Engineer’s Report (CVS only)

You will breach conditional registration if you:

  1. Submit an invalid 1259/1835 form or provide other fraudulent information to the MGCC
  2. Continue to operate the vehicle if your MGCC membership lapses
  3. Temporarily transfer plates to another historic vehicle for the purpose of moving it
  4. Cease to be a resident of NSW
  5. Make major alterations to the vehicle from year to year that you do not disclose to the RMS (engine, chassis, etc.) and disqualify the car as a historic vehicle in the eyes of the MGCC
  6. Sell the vehicle and do not return the plates to the RMS within the approved time frame –usually 14 days.

All renewals and applications for new or continued Conditional Registration must be made through the Club Plate Registrar.

Brian Woolmer

Phone: 0407274655

Email: [email protected]

Mail:  PO Box 363 Seaforth 2092 NSW.

Conditional Registration Documentation

View or download relevant documentation from following links (‘right-click’ and ‘save-as’):

Roads & Maritime Services Conditional Registration Scheme Page

Historic Vehicle Declaration [Service NSW website]

Club Declaration – Conditional Registration [DOC]

MGCC Club Conditional Registration Policy [PDF]

How to Apply for or Renew Classic Registration [PDF]

How to Apply for or Renew Historic Registration [PDF]