Cotton picker or harvester: Registration, uses and equipment

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for cotton pickers.

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Conditional registration for cotton pickers

Cotton picker/harvester

Cotton pickers, also known as cotton harvesters, need to be conditionally registered to be used on public roads and road-related areas.

Conditional registration gives you limited road access to perform specific functions.

You cannot get conditional registration if a vehicle that complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the Australian Design Rules can be used to perform the same function.

See information about vehicle standards to see what standards apply.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a cotton picker.

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a cotton picker.

Vehicle requirements

Cotton pickers must meet all the following vehicle conditions to apply for conditional registration:

  • Overdimension and overmass vehicles require a permit and must comply with permit conditions. Operators who want an overdimension or overmass permit must apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
  • All John Deere 7760, CS690 and CP690 cotton pickers/harvesters require a specific overdimension and overmass permit.

Conditions of use

The following minimum conditions apply to conditional registration.

Daylight / floodlit worksite use onlyTD1
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving. Must be displayed at the rear of the vehicle.SL1
Use only for farming purposesGO93
Overmass permit (route specific)OM3
Oversize permit (general) OROS1
Oversize permit (route specific)OS2
Steering failure warning device/sign required if fitted with hydraulic steeringSL99

Equipment requirements

To receive conditional registration you must ensure that the following equipment requirements are met.

EquipmentDaylight/floodlit use
Amber rotating beaconYes
Brake and turn lightsNo
Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lightsNo
Rear reflectorsYes
Rear and side reflective tapeNo
Rear vision mirror(s)Yes


All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of:

Transport for NSW office use

Code TypeCode
Vehicle shapeAGP

Compulsory Third Party insurance class

Note: If FARM or UFRM, a

must be presented with the .

Conditional registration - PLNT / SVEH / FARM

Unregistered Vehicle Permit - USVE / UPLN / UFRM

Registration usagePLNT / PPG (PPGN if NRTC vehicle over 4.5 tonnes GVM)
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