Documents Required for Vehicle Change of Ownership in South Africa



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You must register and license your motor vehicle within 21 days after a change of ownership. If you do not register it, you will have to pay arrears and penalties. The motor vehicle registration is recorded on the national traffic information system (eNaTIS).



Register a new vehicle the following documents are required 

  1. To register a new vehicle, go to your appropriate registering authority and submit the following:
    • your identity document (ID)
    • proof of residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
    • if you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your address
    • the manufacturer’s certificate containing all the relevant details of the vehicle
    • a roadworthy certificate, if the vehicle is a heavy load [or Road Transport Quality System (RTQS)] vehicle.
  2. Complete the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (RLV) form.

Register a used vehicle the following documents are required

  1. To register a pre-owned (used) vehicle, the seller must first complete and submit a Notification of change of ownership (NCO) form, which gives notification of change of ownership
  2. Go to your relevant motor vehicle registration authority and submit the following:
    • your identity document (ID)
    • proof of residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
    • if you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your address
    • the vehicle registration certificate (in the seller’s name)
    • a certificate of roadworthiness if the current certificate is older than 60 days
    • proof of purchase of the vehicle
    • a valid motor vehicle licence (ensure that the licence fees for the vehicle are up to date).
  3. Complete the Application for registration and licensing of motor vehicle (RLV) form.