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Authority Cards

MotorSport New Zealand, in conjunction with NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA), has formulated alternative standards for vehicles permanently modified for motorsport competitions which also need to be road-registered and used on public roads.

These standards are recognised with an Authority Card, issued by MotorSport New Zealand using LVVTA standards.

Authority Card FAQs:

What is an Authority Card?

The MotorSport New Zealand/LVVTA Authority Card is proof that a vehicle modified for motor sport purposes complies with accepted alternative standards (to those of the original manufacturer). The Authority Card details the owner, the vehicle and the applicable approved modifications. The Authority Card is recognised in the NZTA Rules and the LVVTA Code and is required in order to obtain a Warrant of Fitness.

Who needs an Authority Card?

When an owner of a competition vehicle wishes to use it on a public road, it is a legal requirement to have an Authority Card issued by MotorSport New Zealand, if any of the following items are fitted/modified:

  • Competition safety harness
  • Roll protection that extends forward of the front seating positions and/or modifications that affect the interior impact rule
  • Removal of an airbag SRS system
  • Braided hydraulic brake lines
  • Hydraulic handbrake
  • Plastic glazing
  • Open (adjustable) brake bias system
  • The removal of a ‘manufacturer installed’ occupant protection system including the fitment of competition seats
  • The installation of a safety fuel tank and/or installation of dry-break refuel adapters
  • The permanent disabling of a manufacturer-installed Electronic Stability Control System

When an Authority Card expires and the owner wishes to continue using the vehicle specified in the Authority Card on public roads, the Authority Card must be renewed – this is irrespective of the current validity of the vehicle’s Warrant of Fitness.

What are the requirements for an Authority Card

You must hold a current MotorSport New Zealand competition licence and the vehicle must have a competition logbook.

MotorSport Online says I haven't done enough events or been audited? Help!

Authority Card applications using MotorSport Online relies on the event information being entered into the online logbook for your car. If the scrutineers at the events haven’t entered the information or the club running the event don’t use MotorSport Online the online logbook for your car will not contain current information, hence the warning.

Check that the car has a safety audit recorded in the logbook in the last six months and that two events have been recorded in the last twelve months and carry on with the application ignoring the warning. Then scan the inside front cover and the last two pages of the event history from the vehicle logbook and email the scan to technical@motorsport.org.nz we will then let you know whether any further information is required.

If the required events and safety audit are not recorded in the logbook you will need to get the car inspected by an ‘A’ Scrutineer and forward the completed inspection form to MotorSport New Zealand

Do I need to send my logbook to MotorSport New Zealand for my Authority Card renewal?

If you are using the MotorSport Online system to renew your Authority Card, MotorSport New Zealand does not require you to send your logbook to us. Just scan the inside front cover and the last two pages of the event history from the vehicle logbook and email the scan to technical@motorsport.org.nz and make sure you include your MotorSport New Zealand licence number in the email.

If you are not using the MotorSport Online system to renew your authority card you will need to complete a renewal form and send that along with your logbook front data page and recent events pages to MotorSport New Zealand.

How do I apply for an Authority Card?

You can apply for an Authority Card using either the MotorSport Online system or by completing the forms linked below and emailing them to technical@motorsport.org.nz.