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Selling second-hand DVDs or games?

Image of stack of DVD cases

You need to comply with the law when selling DVDs and games on websites like TradeMe, or these sites will not be able to list your items.


How to comply with classification requirements

Does your DVD or game show a New Zealand label? If it does, you can legally sell it in New Zealand. Take a look at the classification labels and learn what they mean. Here's what to do if you don't see a New Zealand label:

If a DVD or game is classified as 'Objectionable' (banned) it is illegal to possess it, or to supply it to other people. You can check the status of your game or DVD on the NZ Register of Classification DecisionsLink to the NZ Register of Classification Decisions (opens in a new window)

If you need more information please contact our Information Unit.

Getting a classification label

Image of New Zealand restricted labels: R13, R16 and R18
New Zealand restricted labels:
R13, R16 and R18

Classification labels are supplied by the Film and Video Labelling Body: email the Labelling Body at or phone (09) 361 3882.

Physical address: Level 1, 33 Bath Street, Parnell, Auckland 1052. Postal address: PO Box 37754, Parnell, Auckland 1151.

Breaches of the classification law on online auction sites

If you are concerned a seller on an online auction site is not labelling their DVDs/games correctly, you can contact the Censorship Compliance Unit at the Department of Internal Affairs. Link to the Censorship Compliance Unit website (opens in a new window)

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