Warrant of Fitness (WoF)

A Warrant of Fitness (WoF) is a periodic safety inspection that is compulsory for light vehicles. Get your WoF at VTNZ and collect Fly Buys points!

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A Warrant of Fitness (WoF) checks your vehicle is safe to drive on the road. WoFs are compulsory for all light vehicles including cars, station wagons, vans and 4WD vehicles, as well as mopeds, motorcycles and similar vehicles, including trikes.

Changes to the WoF inspection requirements

Changes to the WoF inspection requirements came into effect from 1 January 2014.  They are: 

  • After an initial inspection, new vehicles won’t require another WoF inspection until the third anniversary of their first registration
  • Vehicles less than three years old will be issued a WoF that expires on the third anniversary of their first registration or 12 months after their current WoF expiry – whichever is longest
  • Vehicles first registered on or after 1 January 2000 are inspected annually for the lifetime of the vehicle
  • Vehicles first registered before 1 January 2000 remain on six-monthly WoF inspections for the lifetime of the vehicle.

As an authorised agent of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), VTNZ follows the Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM) issued by NZTA.


No bookings required at most stations. Find your closest WoF station here. If you need a motorbike WoF, we recommend you give your preferred station a call beforehand to ensure there's a qualified motorbike inspector there on the day you're planning to visit.

Legally, to operate your vehicle on public roads, you must have your vehicle inspected for a Warrant of Fitness (WoF) and maintain it at the WoF standard in between WoF inspections. 

A Warrant of Fitness inspection includes the following safety checks:

  • Tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • Brake operation
  • Structural condition (rust isn't allowed in certain key areas)
  • Lights (are all bulbs working?)
  • Glazing (is your windscreen safe?)
  • Windscreen washers and wipers (do they work?)
  • Doors (do they open and close safely?)
  • Safety belts (must not be faded or damaged; buckles must work properly)
  • Airbags (if fitted - SRS light should work correctly)
  • Speedometer (must be working)
  • Steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
  • Exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be too loud or too smoky)
  • Fuel system (there must be no leaks).

After your vehicle passes its Warrant of Fitness check, it's important to keep it in the condition that it was in when it passed. We recommend regular safety checks to make sure your vehicle continues to be safe to drive in between WoFs. From just $29, a safety check isn't expensive and won't take long (around 15-20 minutes). It'll give you that extra bit of reassurance and make your journey ahead safer.

WoF expiry dates

The WoF starts from the date your vehicle passes the inspection. However, if you bring your vehicle to us a few days before the current WoF expires, the expiry date of the new WoF can be extended, equal to the number of days you had left on the old WoF (to a maximum of 14 days).

What happens if your vehicle doesn't pass its Warrant of Fitness inspection?

At VTNZ, our primary concern is your safety. Since we don't do repairs, you can trust that you're receiving an independent check. If your vehicle doesn't pass its Warrant of Fitness inspection, we'll help you get your vehicle up to standard by letting you know what needs fixing. You can then take your car and our WOF check sheet to a mechanic, confident you know what needs repairing.

It's worth noting that if your old Warrant of Fitness has expired, you're not allowed to drive it on the road, unless you're driving to bring it into compliance, i.e. taking it to a mechanic or obtaining a new WoF (provided the vehicle is safe to be operated for that purpose).

When all the areas that required attention have been fixed, bring your vehicle to us for a free* re-check and you'll be back on the road in no time. 

*Re-check is free within 28 days of the first inspection.

Information for modified vehicles

If you modify your light vehicle, the modification may need to be inspected and certified before the vehicle can pass its Warrant of Fitness.

Inspections to modified light vehicles are performed by low volume vehicle (LVV) certifiers. They are represented by a group called the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA).

Not every modification needs to be LVV certified — it depends on the extent of modification. This is set out for each inspection item in the Vehicle inspection requirements manual (VIRM) issued by the NZTA.