What kind of vehicles do you check?

You can search for more than just cars on Checka. If the vehicle has a registration plate or a VIN number we can find it:

  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Motorhomes
  • Motorbikes
  • Trailers
  • Tractors
  • Buses
  • Earthmoving equipment

...and more.

Where does the report information come from?

Checka report information is supplied by government agencies and other data providers such as the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Fuelsaver, RightCar and more!

Can you change data for me?

No – Checka cannot change data for you. You can get a copy of form MR16 from a Land Transport NZ agent such as a PostShop or VTNZ and send it with supporting documentation.

My odomeder reading is incorrect

This happens occasionally due to handwriting illegibility on WOF forms. Send the WOF checksheet along with a covering letter to Land Transport NZ. If the checksheet is also incorrect, you will need to take your vehicle to a WOF provider who will then need to contact Land Transport to make the change. Checka cannot change this information for you.

How can I tell if a car has been written off?

If your Checka report says "registration has been cancelled", this is a sign that the car could have been written off but it’s not a guarantee.

Limitations of the stolen vehicle check

Users of this information should be aware that stolen vehicle information listed here is a snapshot of data taken from the Police Vehicle of Interest Database and is updated three times per day. There can be a brief delay in stolen vehicles appearing and in recovered vehicles being cleared from the list. Some vehicles listed as stolen will have been located but the police haven't been advised. This data does not include lost or stolen registration plates.

I entered a plate number or VIN but the vehicle isn’t in the system

The Motor Vehicle Register was computerised in 1986, but between 1986-88 a small number of records were deleted. Checka only checks plates and VIN's for New Zealand vehicles.

Can I get more details about an owner?

The Motor Vehicle Register (MVR) is a public register, but since 1 May 2011, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will supply the name and address details of private individuals to authorised businesses and individuals only, not to the general public.

However, you can confirm who the current owner of a vehicle is — just enter a name or driver licence number on the check an owner page. Please note that we can’t give you the person’s or company’s details, only confirm ownership.

If you buy a Checka report and some owner details that you need are missing, we can verbally confirm the details but cannot give the information to you. Contact us with the plate or VIN number and the owner’s name and we’ll get back to you.

If you need to know the name and address of a person currently or previously registered in respect to a vehicle – and not just confirmation of that information – you can apply for those details under the Official Information Act (OIA).

This requires the NZTA to weigh up the public interest in releasing the information sought against the privacy rights of the individual concerned. Public interest usually means for the common good or general welfare of all but is not limited in any way. Each case is determined on its own merits.

Before proceeding you will need:

  • The vehicle's registration plate number and make and model
  • Identification (NZ driver licence, NZTA customer number, or other form of ID)
  • A valid credit card or your internet banking details

Apply online with the NZTA, or
Download a manual application form

Can you help me contact an owner?

In some instances you may need to contact a vehicle owner even if you are not thinking of buying a vehicle. For instance if you damaged a vehicle in a parking lot.

We may be able to contact the owner on your behalf. However, we do this by mail and there is no guarantee of a reply. After you purchase a Checka vehicle report, you can contact us with your letter and we can post it for you.

See sample letter

What if you know the location of a stolen vehicle?

If you know where a stolen vehicle is, always think about your own safety and the safety of others. Do NOT pursue a vehicle you believe may be stolen. If the vehicle is being driven or you believe the driver or the vehicle occupants are still nearby, then please call 111.

What if I think a vehicle is abandoned?

If a vehicle appears to be abandoned, then please advise the police of its location by contacting your local police station. If you want to provide information anonymously about this vehicle contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Source: The New Zealand Police

Got a question?

We’re here to help. Please contact us via email or phone 0800 606 609 during normal business hours. Thank you.