Registering a stolen and recovered car

Recently, my Nissan 300ZX Z32 was located and returned to me after being stolen earlier this year.  The car was returned with its compliance plates missing but was assessed as not being a write-off.

It’s not classified as a repairable write-off, inspected write-off or statutory write-off, therefore isn’t recorded on the Written-Off Vehicles Register (WOVR).  The car would need a Vehicle Identity Validation (VIV) if it was written off in any of the above-mentioned types.

I spoke to VicRoads about re-registering the car for road use and this was their response:

“I have spoken with the registration team and although the vehicle was stolen it was not declared a write off and therefore will not require a Vehicle Identity Validation (VIV) to be re-registered”.

“Because the vehicle has a previous registration history in Victoria the missing compliance plate will not be an issue in this regard either.  This vehicle will require a RWC.”

This is good news and means that once I finish off all the restoration work, the car will only need a Roadworthy Certificate before being registered again.  I’m not sure if I need to have the car inspected again when registering it but will find out at a later date.

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Hopefully this is helpful information for anyone else in a similar situation, and living in Victoria.

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