Vintage Registration

Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club Inc. is an RMS registered Historical Vehicle Club serving the Far North Coast of NSW. Club Runs and Events are organised in Northern NSW and South East Queensland to suit historic vintage and classic motorbikes being run within the RMS guidelines. The Club has a vast range of vintage and classic motorcycles, some being BSA, Ariel, BMW, AJS, Triumph, Indians, Harleys and more. 

The information here is current at the time of publication. For clarification and the most up to date information regarding Vintage Registration visit the RMS Web Site.

Herein THMCEC refers to the Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club Inc.


Members applying for Conditional Registration (Historic Plates) shall be handed a copy of these Rules prior to issue.

The member shall read and sign the declaration indicating that they fully understand their responsibilities and agree to abide by the rules. This will be signed in the presence of an authorised Club Official so that compliance with these Rules is witnessed.


The RMS registers historic vehicles under the Conditional Registration Scheme, which provides the vehicle with limited access to the road network and Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance cover. At present, historic vehicles registered under this scheme are exempt from the payment of stamp duty, motor vehicle tax and national charges.

THMCEC is incorporated under the NSW Incorporated Association laws administered by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

THMCEC has the authority to either have a club appointed member or members to carry out roadworthiness inspections or require the member to obtain a Vehicle Safety Check (formerly known as a “Pink Slip”) for the vehicle.


The member must be a financial member of the Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club INC.

The vehicle must be thirty (30) years of age or older as from the year of manufacture and must be as close to original condition as possible with no alterations except for safety features such as seat belts, turn indicators, period accessories or period improvements.


The member must either obtain a “pink slip” or a declaration of road worthiness issued by the appropriate member or members of the Club. The member will be advised which one is required.

The RMS form shall be completed and must have the bottom right corner completed by the appointed official of the Club and must also have the Club’s stamp in that corner.

Download a copy of the RMS Vehicle Declaration Form here.

The signed form with the appropriate road worthiness certificate must be presented to the RMS by the member within forty two (42) days to be valid.

Where the Member belongs to more than one RMS recognised Club, the details of the other Clubs may be entered under the special conditions on the form.


Unauthorised use of vehicles registered under the Conditional Registration Scheme shall be treated as an unregistered vehicle and is not covered by insurance.

Vehicles may only be used on a road or road related areas for:

  1. Events organised by the Club, another Club or a recognised community organisation provided that it has been documented in the Club minutes, the Club magazine or official day book.
  2. Any trip for Repair, Servicing or Inspection of the vehicle for registration etc shall be logged with the appropriate Club Official a – Receipts of the above shall be available where or when required.
  3. All movement must still be logged with the appropriate Club Official
  4. Member wishing to use their vehicle for the carriage of persons to or from a wedding or reception shall first check their legal obligation under the “Passenger Transport Act 1990” with the Taxi & Hire Car Bureau of the Ministry of Transport. The use of vehicle must be recorded with the appropriate Club Official prior to the event being undertaken.
  5. Members wishing to use the vehicle for non Club or other Club events not registered above shall first obtain approval from the appropriate Club Official prior to the event being undertaken.


Short Distance: THMCEC interpretation of the distance for servicing is 30km.


  1. Vehicle shall display Conditional Registration Scheme plates and label at all times. Name bars may also be affixed providing it does not obscure number plates.
  2. The RMS Certificate of Approval (Purple Form) shall be kept in the vehicle at all times
  3. Plates must be immediately returned to the Roads and Maritime Services:
    1. In the event of the sale of the vehicle on which they are issued (Club Registrar to be notified)
    2. Upon the member’s resignation from the Club
    3. Upon the member’s failure to remain a financial member within the meaning of the Clubs Constitution
    4. If the Club Registrar/s considers the vehicle has been made unsafe/altered after it has been inspected.
  4. Vehicles registered under the Scheme when on a Club authorised event may operate temporarily for up to three (3) months in other states and territories under the same conditions as apply in NSW. Longer periods require written RMS approval.
  5. In the THMCEC constitution it also states the holder of vintage plates must attend a minimum of 3 runs per year, however in the event of the unroadworthiness of the bike, this still does not remove the onus of the above obligation of the plate holder. The obligation may be substituted for a regular attendance at a club event, such as meetings and raffles but will still be at the discretion of the committee.

Tweed Heads Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club Inc. accepts no liability for the failure of a member to abide by these Rules or RMS requirements.