What you need to know regarding aircraft registration and registration marks.
Note: On 1 July 2023, the registered owner will be invoiced for the Annual Registration and Participation Levy for 2023-24. Once this invoice is issued, it cannot be amended. Please ensure that any application to deregister, defer the Participation Levy, or change of possession paperwork, as well as the application fee, is submitted in time for it to be processed before 1 July.
All aircraft must be registered, except for sport parachutes, paramotors, hang gliders, paragliders and unmanned aircraft (although this may be required if operating under Part 102).
Payment must be made before your application will be processed.
Gather all required information:
Send application(s) with supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, we can still accept mail-in applications, but processing times may be much longer.
The aircraft is registered in the name of the person or group who has possession of that aircraft for 28 days or longer. It’s important for the CAA to have accurate details of your aircraft for us to manage:
The participation levy and annual fees cannot be paid online.
There is no fee applicable, or application form, for a change of address.
A certificate of registration is not an ownership document. “Owner” under the Civil Aviation Rules refers to the person or organisation who operates the aircraft (for 28 days or longer). The basic requirement for registration in New Zealand is that the aircraft is not registered in any other country. An aircraft cannot be registered until the CAA has received confirmation from the previous country of registration that the aircraft has been de-registered.
We consider the owner of an aircraft to be whoever has possession of it for 28 days or longer. The CAA requires details of the current operator of the aircraft so they can forward any urgent safety information quickly. Learn more about change of possession.
The owner of a registered aircraft has to pay an annual registration fee and participation levy. If your aircraft won’t be flown in the future, or you’re exporting it, you can de-register it and you won't have to pay the annual fees and levies. Learn more about de-registration of aircraft.
The Cape Town Convention allows lenders and lessors to register an Irrevocable De-registration and Export Request Authorisation (IDERA). An IDERA is a creditor’s remedy in case of default by the lessee. An IDERA must be recorded with the registry authority – the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for all New Zealand-registered aircraft.
The holder of a New Zealand certificate of registration may apply for a new registration mark to replace the mark allocated to the aircraft specified in the certificate.
Learn more about rules for assigning marks, how to register one, and currently available marks.
If you have any questions about this topic, use our contact form, or email email@example.com