How to transfer ownership of a vehicle?

1. Transfer ownership of a vehicle purchased from someone else

The previous owner should provide you with the registration book, 2 originals of the deed of sale (see download section) and a “Certificat de Gage” obtained from the NTA.The deed of sale should be registered at the Registrar General’s Department within 15 days of the sale transaction.

  • You should call at the NTA with –
  • The original deed of sale duly registered + 1 photocopy of the same document; and
  • A valid insurance certificate on your name.
  • The vehicle will be transferred to your name after you have paid a fee as follows:-
  • Autocycle – Rs 100
  • Motorcycle – Rs 200
  • Other vehicles – Rs 300

2. Transfer ownership of a vehicle purchased at Auction

  • You should call at the NTA with –
  • The registration book of the vehicle
  • The deed of sale duly registered + 1 photocopy thereof
  • A Particulars of Motor Vehicle form obtained from the Vehicle Examination Centre certifying the road worthiness of the vehicle
  • A valid insurance certificate on your name.
  • The vehicle will be transferred to your name after you have paid the fee for the transfer of ownership.
  • In case the vehicle needs to be re-registered, an additional fee may be charged as follows:-
  • Autocycle – Rs 200
  • Motorcycle – Rs 300
  • Other vehicles – Rs 400

3. Transfer of ownership of a vehicle in case of death of the registered owner

  • You should call at the NTA with –
  • The registration book of the vehicle
  • The original and 1 photocopy of the affidavit duly registered by the Registrar-General.
  • In case of a vehicle with duty concession, a certificate from the Customs Department of the MRA authorizing the transfer of the duty concession to the Succession will have to be produced.
  • In case there is a lien inscribed on the vehicle, an authoization from the body in favour of which the lien is inscribed for the transfer of the lien to the Succession will have to be produced.

4. Transfer of ownership of a vehicle under lease agreement

For any vehicle purchased under a lease agreement, the lease should be cleared prior to any sale being effected. The procedures for transfer of ownership are as follows:

  • The lessee should call at the NTA with –
  • The registration book of the vehicle
  • A letter from the leasing company certifying that the lease may be cleared
  • 2 originals of the deed of sale
  • A letter of authorization from the leasing company allowing him to take out a Certificat de Gage.
  • The deed of sale should be registered at the Registrar General’s Department within 15 days of the sale transaction.
  • The lessee should call at the NTA with the original deed of sale duly registered + 1 photocopy of the same document and a valid insurance certificate on his name in order to be registered as the owner of the vehicle.
  • Once the lessee becomes the owner, he may sell the vehicle to another party.

How to obtain a Certificate de Gage?

A “Certificat de Gage” is a document issued to the owner of a vehicle when his vehicle is being sold. It certifies whether or not the vehicle is burdened with a lien.The registered owner should call at the NTA with 2 original copies of the deed of sale, the registration book of the vehicle and his original National Identity Card to obtain the “Certificat de Gage” against a payment of Rs 50.

Note:

Clearance from Customs Department will have to be obtained for vehicles on which customs duty was remitted fully or partly or else the “Certificat de Gage” will not be issued.