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Due to privacy law we are unable to provide details of private individuals

The "Motor Vehicle Register" (MVR) is a public register, but since May 1 2011 the NZTA will not supply the name and address details of private individuals to the general public. However, you can confirm who the current owner of a vehicle is. To confirm the owner you need to know the licence plate (or VIN) and either the owner's name or driver's licence number.

Use this site to check ownership. This check confirms the details you have entered match the owner's details in the MVR.

Having issues verifying the owner?

Due to privacy concerns some vehicle owners will not give you their private details (e.g. Drivers licence/ Date of birth etc). In this instance we can manually confirm the ownership for you. Buy a report and contact us with the Plate/VIN and the owners name and someone from Checka will contact you.*

* We cannot provide any of their private details to you. Some owners may have "opted-out" which means that their details will never be shown. Please confirm this with them prior to purchasing a report.

Do you need to contact the owner?

In some instances you may need to contact the owner of a vehicle (for example, if you damaged their vehicle in a parking lot). We may be able to contact the owner on your behalf. However, the only contact details we have would be via post and there is no guarantee of a reply. After purchasing a Checka report if you would like to write a letter explaining the situation we can post it for you. See sample letter here

How do I get private owner information?

If you are not an authorised person* and you need to know the the name and address of a person currently or previously registered in respect to a vehicle you can apply for it 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

* Finance service providers, motor vehicle traders, service stations, read more...

How are you showing free data?

To provide free basic reports we recycle our vehicle data. To accomplish this we hide some of the information like WOF and Registration expiry dates because they may have been updated since the basic report was created. The free basic report is a "snapshot in time" of the vehicle data we have.

To get the most up to date information we recommend that you buy an updated Checka report.

Limitations of the stolen vehicle check

Vehicles that have been reported stolen or wanted otherwise by the New Zealand Police.

Users of this information should be aware of the following limitations. 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 Police haven�t been advised. This data does not include lost or stolen registration plates.

What if you know the location of a stolen vehicle?

If you know the location of a stolen vehicle, 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 and ask for Police.

Abandoned Vehicles

If the vehicle appears to be abandoned then please advise Police of its location by contacting your local police station. If you want to provide information anonymously about this vehicle contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: The New Zealand Police

It's not all about jam

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

  • trucks,
  • vans,
  • motorhomes,
  • motorbikes,
  • trailers,
  • tractors,
  • earthmoving equipment
  • ...and more

Where does the report information come from?

The information is supplied by government agencies and other data providers such as the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), the Ministry of Economic Development (MED), Fuelsavers, Rightcar, Trade Me and more!

Can I change them?

Get a copy of form MR16 from a Land Transport NZ agent such as a Post Shop or VTNZ testing station and send it with supporting documentation. Checka cannot change the data for you.

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 LTNZ to make the change. Checka cannot change this for you.

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

Within the report it will say "registration has been cancelled". Note, this doesn't necessarily mean it has been written off, but is a sign it could have been.

A car I searched for is not in the system?

The Motor Vehicle Register was computerized in 1986, but between 1986-88 a small number of records were deleted.

Got a question? Get in touch.

We are available to answer your questions. Please contact us via email or phone +64 (9) 889 9046 during normal business hours. Thank you.