Vehicle registration procedures

To apply for a new vehicle’s registration, you will need:

  • A completed RLV application form.
  • Acceptable identification of the title holder and owner.
  • A certificate issued by the vehicle manufacturer or importer printed on the manufacturer or importer’s official stationery; or the RC1 registration certificate issued to the manufacturer, builder or importer when they registered the vehicle the first time.
  • The relevant fees as prescribed in the province of registration.

To apply for a used vehicle’s registration, you will need:

  • A completed MVR1A or RLV application form.
  • Your South African identity document (local residents), an identity document issued by a foreign country (non-permanent residents), or a traffic register number certificate.
  • If the vehicle is to be registered to a company, a certificate of incorporation or name change issued in terms of the Companies Act.
  • If the vehicle is to be registered to a close corporation, a founding statement or certificate of name change issued in terms of the Close Corporations Act.
  • If the vehicle is registered in South Africa, the registration certificate concerned.
  • If the tare has changed, a mass measuring certificate.
  • If the vehicle has a new engine or the VIN/chassis number has changed, a South African Police Service (SAPS) vehicle clearance.
  • If required by the registering authority, proof of the right to be registered as title holder of the vehicle concerned, for example an invoice or sales agreement.It is advisable to contact the nearest call centre or registering authority to establish whether they accept or require any other document as proof.

Please note:

To obtain a mass measuring certificate contact your local registering authority for the contact details of a facility offering this service.

A SAPS clearance will only be issued after your registering authority has issued you with a referral. After the referral has been issued the vehicle’s registration certificate must be presented to the SAPS to initiate the process.

The registering authority will assess your application; the fees are for your own account.

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