Bought a New Car? Here's to How to Register It

Bought a New Car? Here's to How to Register It

February 21, 2020
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If you have bought a car or any motor vehicle, you are now a title holder of a new, second hand, built-up or modified motor vehicle. It is therefore your right to have the vehicle registered onto your name. However, you, as the new vehicle owner, are responsible for registering the vehicle at the appropriate registering authority, in order to receive a registration certificate. The title holder of a financed vehicle, will be the institution financing your used or new vehicle.

A vehicle’s registration is recorded on the national traffic information system, which is more commonly known as the ‘eNaTIS’. Once registered, you will also receive a motor vehicle license disk to place on your vehicle’s front windscreen. Your vehicle’s registration and licensing must take process within 21-days after assuming ownership of the vehicle. If not, you will be liable to arrears and fines.

Your vehicle’s registration may cancel and become invalid if you do not take responsibility for updating any particulars about your vehicle, in order to retain a valid vehicle registration. For example:

  • Not renewing your license disc for more than 4-years
  • Vehicles declared as a ‘right-off’ from accidents
  • You have sold the vehicle
  • It has been repossessed for more than 31-days
  • You have received a deregistration certificate

Your responsibility when registering a NEW motor vehicle:

Take responsibility for your vehicle ownership and submit the particulars needed to register your new vehicle, at the registering authority. You are responsible in ensuring you:

1. Provide your ID, proof of address, vehicle manufacturer certificate, and a roadworthy certificate if registering a heavy load motor vehicle or Road Transport System vehicle.

2. Complete and submit the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (RLV) form.

Your responsibility when registering a USED motor vehicle.

Registering a used motor vehicle has a different, same day process:


1. The seller completes and submits a Notification of Change of Ownership (NCO) form.

.2. At the registering authority, provide your:

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Roadworthy certificate
  • Proof of vehicle purchase
  • Valid motor vehicle license

Your responsibility when registering a motor vehicle BUILT UP FROM PARTS:

If your vehicle has been built up from parts, you need the following documents when registering your vehicle at the relevant registering authority:

1. ID and proof of address

2. An affidavit that confirms where the parts are from and what was done to the car (SOA form)

3. Request for Police Clearance (RPC) form

4. Request for Police Identification (RPI) form

5. If deregistered, a vehicle deregistration certificate will be required

6. A mass measuring certificate

7. Proof of title ownership

8. If required, a letter of authority

9. A vehicle roadworthy test

10. Complete and submit the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (RLV) form

Your responsibility when registering a MODIFIED motor vehicle:

1. Registering your modified motor vehicle, at your local, relevant registering authority, would require the following:

2. ID and proof of address

3. An affidavit that confirms where the parts are from and what was done to the car (SOA form)

4. Request for Police Clearance (RPC) form

5. Request for Police Identification (RPI) form

6. If deregistered, a vehicle deregistration certificate will be required

7. A mass measuring certificate

8. Proof of title ownership

9. If required, a letter of authority

10. Vehicle manufacturer certificate, previous registration certificate or affidavit

11. Complete and submit the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (RLV) form

The registration application for your vehicle is sent to the provincial help desk, before processing takes place. Processing may take a few day, therefore registering car owners would generally be contacted when their application is on the system. All applicants are required to pay an application fee when registering their motor vehicle.

Although you have the right to apply to register your vehicle for licensing, you also need to take responsibility in ensuring you complete the registration process at the relevant registering authority. Registration documents may also be downloaded on the eNaTIS website.

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The above information, as retrieved from gov.za, is simply a guide and does not change any laws, rules and regulations, as stipulated in the South African National Road Traffic Act or National Road Traffic Regulations.

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