Why Would I Need a Repair Certificate?

  • All used vehicles entering or re-entering the NZ fleet will be required to go through a compliance inspection performed by a Transport Service Delivery Agent (TSDA).
  • A vehicle entering the fleet for the first time is most likely to be one that has been imported.
  • A vehicle re-entering the fleet would be a vehicle where the owner has let the registration lapse or has been de-registered due to accident damage or mechanical problems.
  • If an entry inspector (TSDA) finds that a vehicle has had previous repairs to the structure of the vehicle, or if there is damage to the structure of the vehicle due to impact, corrosion or metal fatigue, then the vehicle will be flagged for a repair certificate (LT308).

Frequently Asked Questions


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Once the compliance inspection has been completed, the owner has 21 working days to rectify any faults. After that period the owner will be required to pay for another compliance inspection.

A repair certificate can only be issued by a NZ Transport Agency approved Specialist Certifier. Locate a Certifier here.

Once the certifier is involved, the certifier must inspect the whole vehicle for any previous repairs, direct or indirect damage, corrosion or metal fatigue to any part of the structure, systems or components of the vehicle. For previous repairs the certifier may need to perform an invasive inspection to assess the extent of the repair and quality of the repairs. A report is written and any repair instructions will be given in writing for an approved repairer before work commences. Damaged vehicles will need to be inspected by the certifier before any stripping or repairs are started. The repairs are to be done by an approved repairer and repair instructions will be given to the repairer.

Supporting evidence will also need to be provided, such as:

  • 3 dimensional measurements of the vehicle
  • 4 wheel alignment report
  • any others specified by the certifier depending on the extent of damage or repairs.

An approved repairer will have the skills and knowledge required to competently perform the repairs required. The repairer must have the correct equipment to perform the repairs necessary. The certifier will include all the repairer’s details in a file.

When all repairs have been certified the vehicle will need to be returned to the compliance centre for a recheck and a MR2A form will be issued for the vehicle which is a permit to say that the vehicle now complies with NZ standards and is permitted to be registered for use on NZ roads.

A repair certificate will cost from $300.00 + GST depending on repairs, and repair procedures. Reports are required and cost is based on the number of inspections and time spent. Once the certifier has completed the initial inspection the certifier will advise the client of the repairs that are required to bring the vehicle up to standard and how much the completed repair cert will cost. The cost of repairs will be negotiated by the owner and the repairer.

A certifier can only issue an LT308 (repair cert) for unregistered vehicles. A certifier may give a report for repairs on in-service vehicles.

This is often requested by AVI’s (Warrant of Fitness Inspectors) when they have concerns about repairs on a vehicle they are inspecting. A report can be given by your local panelbeater, however it is advisable to employ the services of a member of the Collision Repair Association (CRA), or similar association.

A certifier may also be employed to supervise a repair by a repairer, the vehicle owner, an insurance company, or a motor vehicle dealer in the event of a dispute.

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