We can refund any motor vehicle duty you’ve already paid in certain circumstances such as when:
- you return the vehicle to the dealer within three months of buying it
- the sale didn’t go ahead and you didn’t take possession of the vehicle
- the vehicle was last registered in the same name and you’ve already paid duty on it
- the vehicle was used as a demonstrator and has been issued an exemption authority
- the person or organisation in whose name the vehicle is registered is exempt from duty (eg a charity).
- the vehicle was stolen before you bought it and has been repossessed or impounded by the police, so long as you apply within five years of the vehicle being registered
- the vehicle was purchased by a war veteran who meets the criteria under section 267(7A) of the Duties Act 1997 or
- another exemption applies.
How to request a refund
To request a refund from Revenue NSW, download and complete a Request for refund of duty on an application to register a motor vehicle (PDF, 225.3 KB).
- You generally need to apply for a refund within 5 years of buying your motor vehicle.
- You must provide the original certificate of registration showing duty was paid together with evidence to support your claim for refund.
For example, if you returned a vehicle to a dealer within 3 months of purchasing the vehicle, to request a refund you would need to provide:
- a letter from the dealer as to why the vehicle was returned (if relevant) and
- the original certificate of registration showing the duty was paid and
- request for refund of duty on an application to register a motor vehicle form.