Information for Importers

Vehicles Imported Under the Personal Vehicle Import Scheme

The National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS) is responsible for maintaining a database that registers every vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) across Australia. A key task of NEVDIS is to decode and upload new VINs as vehicles are manufactured or imported into Australia, ensuring the vehicle is available for registration.

When a vehicle is imported, NEVDIS Administration Unit (NAU) receives the VIN recorded on the Vehicle Import Approval so it can be validated, decoded and uploaded for registration purposes. Vehicles can only be imported into Australia once the Vehicle Import Approval has been granted.

It should be noted that NEVDIS only records VINs for vehicles built on or after 1 January 1989.

For more information about importing vehicles into Australia, go to

Frequently asked questions

I have import approval for my vehicle but when I went to register my vehicle the registry stated it is not on the NEVDIS System. How can this be corrected?

Contact the registry and advise them that it is a pre-1989 vehicle. Your vehicle must be registered as a ‘Chassis Number’ and these are not loaded to NEVDIS until after registration.

  • If you are the importer | Email with a copy of your Vehicle Import Approval papers. We will then advise the reasons for rejection.
  • If you are NOT the person who imported the vehicle | Check with the importer who would have received an email from Vehicle Imports

Email a copy of the amended approval papers and your contact details.

Wait until the second business day of the following week to give time for the data to be loaded. If the data still not loaded after this time, contact Vehicle Imports on 1800 815 272.