Eligibility for CVS or HVS

Classic Vehicle Scheme

If your classic vehicle is 30 years of age or older, you may be eligible for classic vehicle registration.


To be eligible for the CVS:

  • your vehicle must be 30 years of age or older, counted from the year of manufacture
  • your vehicle must be 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass or under
  • your vehicle must comply with the applicable NSW vehicle standards
  • you must be a current, financial member of a club affiliated with the ACMC
  • your vehicle can be a replica or an Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV) that is 30 years of age or older (based on the build completion date).
  • The vehicle to be registered must be garaged in NSW.
  • You must be a resident of NSW

Classic vehicles are 30 years of age or older that have certain modifications not permitted under the Historic vehicle scheme (HVS). Vehicles which are eligible to be registered under the HVS can also be registered under the CVS.

These modifications may be owner certified or significantly modified. If significantly modified, they must have a valid compliance certificate issued by a licensed certifier.

Historic Vehicle Scheme

You can apply for registration of historic vehicles under the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS). This includes ordinary passenger cars, utilities, light commercial, buses and Special Purpose Vehicles.


To be eligible for the HVS:

  • your vehicle must be at least 30 years of age or older from the year it was manufactured. The vehicle must not be modified
  • your vehicle must be as close to original condition as possible, with no alterations except for safety features such as seatbelts, turn indicators or period accessories
  • you must be a member of a Transport recognised historic vehicle club.
Important – industrial plant and agricultural vehicles and trailers are not eligible for the Classic Scheme. Trailers can go on the Historic Vehicle Scheme.
Contact your club to check if you are eligible for registration under the Historic Vehicle Scheme or Classic Vehicle Scheme.


Vehicles converted to LPG are allowed providing they are approved by a Transport for NSW recognised historic vehicle club. Find out more about VSI 14 LPG fuelled vehicles (PDF 3.55MB).

Vehicles converted from left-hand to right-hand drive are allowed provided they meet all HVS requirements. Left-hand drive vehicles where the GVM is greater than 4.5 tonnes, must display a sign. Find out the signage requirements.

Conditional registration is mainly for operators who only drive their vehicles occasionally. If you drive your vehicle regularly, consider applying for standard registration. 

If you change clubs during your registration period you need to fill out a Classic Vehicle Declaration or a Historic Vehicle Declaration and get it signed by your new club. Take it to a service centre to get a replacement Certificate of Approved Operations.