Warrant of Fitness (WOF)

A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular check to ensure that your vehicle meets required safety standards.

Vehicles first registered anywhere in the world on or after 1 January 2000 will need annual WoF inspections for their lifetime.

According to New Zealand Transport Agency, a warrant inspection covers:

  • tyre condition (including tread depth)
  • brake operation
  • structural condition (rust is not allowed in certain areas)
  • lights
  • glazing (is your windscreen safe?)
  • windscreen washers and wipers
  • doors (do they open and close safely?)
  • safety belts (must not be damaged or overly faded; buckles must work properly)
  • airbags (if fitted)
  • speedometer (must be working)
  • steering and suspension (must be safe and secure)
  • exhaust (there must be no leaks and the exhaust must not be smoky or louder than the original exhaust system)
  • fuel system (there must be no leaks).

 

It’s illegal to drive a vehicle…
If it doesn't meet WoF requirements.

If it doesn't display a valid WoF label.