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Topic # 205861 30-Nov-2016 00:52
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Does anyone know definitively - if you take your personalised plates off a car and replace them with standard plates, do you have to immediately surrender your personalised plates to the Licensys agent? (VTNZ, AA Centre etc)

 

I always thought you had to surrender them immediately, but last week when I bought a car with personalised plates on (which I didn't want), the seller and I both went to the AA centre, filled in the paperwork, got new standard plates issued, and then the seller left with his personalised plates in hand.

 

While I don't necessarily disagree with surrendering them, I do object to the plate owners being stung with a remanufacturing fee when they want to put them on a car again.

 

While I am on the issue, I actually bought a second hand set of personalised plates on Trademe recently, and the seller sent the physical plates to me in the mail. This also shoots down my theory that you have to surrender them immediately after removing them.

 

Just wondering if these are two random cases of the agency slipping up, or if the rules have been relaxed. I couldn't find any info about this online (so far).


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  Reply # 1679881 30-Nov-2016 00:57
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You don't have to surrender the plates. 


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  Reply # 1679893 30-Nov-2016 05:23
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You can put the personalised plates on hold, https://www.plates.co.nz/faqs/


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1679895 30-Nov-2016 05:29
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I've done this recently to sell a car but keep the personalised plates. Took car to VTNZ, they sight the existing personalised plates, do the paper work and hand you new set of regular plates. Took 5 minutes. I now have two sets of unused personalised plates on the workshop wall.

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  Reply # 1679899 30-Nov-2016 07:07
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I've got my CYABRO plates at home, that haven't been on a car in years.
Will be interesting to see what happens if I try put them on a car again.

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  Reply # 1679903 30-Nov-2016 07:22
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You only have to surrender GOVT issue plates.

 

If you get plates remade as bike size, you also don't need to surrender the Car sized ones.





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  Reply # 1679905 30-Nov-2016 07:25
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CYaBro: I've got my CYABRO plates at home, that haven't been on a car in years.
Will be interesting to see what happens if I try put them on a car again.


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  Reply # 1679907 30-Nov-2016 07:31
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Linux:
CYaBro: I've got my CYABRO plates at home, that haven't been on a car in years.
Will be interesting to see what happens if I try put them on a car again.


No issue if you own the plates

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I've been wondering about that, how do you prove you own the plates?
I've never been asked to provide proof of purchase when I did put them on a car, and I switched them around a lot in the past.
If I had to get them remade how do they know I am the owner?

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  Reply # 1679927 30-Nov-2016 08:13
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CYaBro:
Linux:
CYaBro: I've got my CYABRO plates at home, that haven't been on a car in years.
Will be interesting to see what happens if I try put them on a car again.


No issue if you own the plates

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I've been wondering about that, how do you prove you own the plates?
I've never been asked to provide proof of purchase when I did put them on a car, and I switched them around a lot in the past.
If I had to get them remade how do they know I am the owner?

 

You have to remake them via licensys https://www.licensys.com/nz_forms.php#personalised

 

They will only accept the order if it is made using the owners details.

 

You can also fill in the form to transfer entitlement on the same website.





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  Reply # 1679928 30-Nov-2016 08:14
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Licensys, the government manufacturer, have a database of plates and "owners".

I have 2 plates which i bought new so if i got them remade they know the plates are mine.

If i purchase plates secondhand off likes of trademe, a form called "transfer of entitlement" needs to be completed and lodged with licensys to transfer "ownership".

Where this gets a bit problematic is when the person selling the plate is not the "owner" in the database. I've had the happen before where actual owner is deceased. What has to happen then is the plates get put on a vehicle, then after 30 days a special form has to be completed, a declaration that i had to sign at the courthouse to say that I believe I'm now the official owner. I guess the 30 day period is to allow owner to complain to police in the event they were stolen. This has never been an issue but i still dislike the process.

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