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Step-by-step guides on how to de-register a vehicle
 

Step 1

Decide whether you want to scrap the vehicle, temporarily store the vehicle at an authorised Export Processing Zone pending export or export the vehicle.

If you wish to retain your vehicle registration number, please remember to do it before or at the time of de-registration at the Appointed Scrap Yard Operators, Export Processing Zone Operators or LTA.

Please note that if your vehicle is already de-registered, i.e. due to COE expiry, non-payment of road tax for 12 months, 3 consecutive years of lay-up, etc., you are required to send the de-registered vehicle to our Appointed Scrap Yard Operators for scrap or Export Processing Zone Operators for storage pending export, or export it with the submission of valid export documents to our office (refer to Step 2C(i) to (iv) below for the list of export documents required), within 1 calendar month from the date of its de-registration.

Step 2

A) Scrapping of vehicle

  • Submit an online application to authorise a submitter to de-register your vehicle at the scrap yard;
  • Send the vehicle to one of the Appointed Scrap Yard Operators within 5 calendar days of your online application. Otherwise, the application will lapse and you will have to re-apply. Please note that your vehicle will remain registered until it is de-registered at the scrap yard; and
  • Bring along the following:

(i) Duly completed de-registration application form;

(ii) Original NRIC (Singaporean, Singapore PRs & Malaysian) or Passport (foreigner other than Malaysian) of the submitter authorised by you to de-register the car at the scrap yard; or

(iii) Original Identification Document(s) of the vehicle owner (Click here for the list of identification documents required) if no authorised submitter is appointed online; and

(iv) Road Tax Fees (if the road tax is outstanding at the point of vehicle de-registration).

  • Land Transport Authority (LTA) will notify the last registered owner of the vehicle's de- registration, the details of any PARF/COE rebate(s) and/or arrears of road tax/late renewal fee(s), if applicable.

B) Storing of vehicle in Export Processing Zone (EPZ) pending export

  • Submit an online application to authorise a submitter to de-register your vehicle at the EPZ;
  • Send the vehicle to one of the Appointed Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Operators to temporarily store it pending export within 5 calendar days of your online application. Otherwise, the application will lapse and you will have to re-apply. Please note that your vehicle will remain registered until it is de-registered at the EPZ; and
  • Bring along the following documents:

(i) Duly completed de-registration application form;

(ii) Original NRIC (Singaporean, Singapore PRs & Malaysian) or Passport (foreigner other than Malaysian) of the submitter authorised by you to de-register the car at the EPZ; or

(iii) Original Identification Document(s) of the vehicle owner (Click here for the list of identification documents required) if no authorised submitter is appointed online; and

(iv) Road Tax Fees (if the road tax is outstanding at the point of vehicle de-registration).

  • LTA will notify the last registered owner of the vehicle's de-registration, the details of any PARF/COE rebate(s) and/or arrears of road tax/late renewal fee(s), if applicable.

Note:
1) A vehicle can be stored at an EPZ for a period of 12 months from the vehicle's de-registration date.

2)The following export documents must be submitted to the EPZ operators immediately upon export of the vehicle:

a) Duly endorsed Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP); and

b) Duly endorsed1 non-negotiable copy of Bill of Lading (BL) that is issued by a shipping line, shipping company or freight agent containing the following details:

  • Exporter/ Importer details;
  • Vessel / Voyage number;
  • Port of discharge/ destination;
  • Container/ seal number (for vehicles stored in container);
  • Engine and chassis numbers of vehicle being exported; and
  • Date vehicle is shipped on board the vessel.

1The Bill of Lading shall be signed by its originating shipping line, shipping company, freight agent or master. The Bill of Lading can also be signed by a named agent for or on behalf of the shipping line, shipping company or master.

C) Exporting of vehicle

  • Submit an online application to authorise a submitter to de-register your vehicle at the LTA;
  • De-register the vehicle, within 5 calendar days of your online application, at LTA, Customer Service Centre, Level 1, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701. Otherwise the application will lapse and you will have to re-apply. Please note that your vehicle will remain registered until it is de-registered at the LTA;
  • Complete de-registration form and submit it together with the following necessary documents:

(i) Original NRIC (Singaporean, Singapore PRs & Malaysian) or Passport (foreigner other than Malaysian) of the submitter authorised by you to de-register the car at LTA; or

(ii) Original Identification Document(s) of the vehicle owner (Click here for the list of identification documents required) if no authorised submitter is appointed online;

(iii) Duly endorsed Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP);

(iv) Duly endorsed1 non-negotiable copy of Bill of Lading (BL) that is issued by a shipping line, shipping company or freight agent containing the following details:

  • Exporter/ Importer details;
  • Vessel / Voyage number;
  • Port of discharge/ destination;
  • Container/ seal number (for vehicles stored in container);
  • Engine and chassis numbers of vehicle being exported; and
  • Date vehicle is shipped on board the vessel.

1The Bill of Lading shall be signed by its originating shipping line, shipping company, freight agent or master. The Bill of Lading can also be signed by a named agent for or on behalf of the shipping line, shipping company or master.

(v) Road Tax Fees (if the road tax is outstanding at the point of vehicle de-registration).

Note:
1) If your vehicle's de-registration application is received after its road tax/lay up/road tax exemption period has expired, the arrears of road tax and late renewal fees will be payable.

2) If there is any residual road tax, refund will be effected upon de-registration of the vehicle and it will be made to the last registered owner. No application is necessary.


Step 3

To find out the unused portion of the Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF) and/or Certificate of Entitlement (COE) rebate to be granted to the vehicle (if any), please refer to our online services below.

Online Services

Calculate Your PARF/COE Rebate at Intended de-registration Date

PARF/COE Rebate Details for De-registered Vehicle

De-Registration of Vehicle Lost Through (Stolen)/ Criminal Breach of Trust
 

For vehicles reported lost through theft (stolen) on or after 1 April 1994, the registered owner can apply to de-register his/her vehicle at LTA and for the PARF/COE rebate(s) after a lapse of more than 3 months from the date of police report.

As for vehicles reported lost through Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) on or after 1 January 2005, the registered owner can only apply to de-register his/her vehicle at LTA and for the PARF/COE rebate(s) after a lapse of more than 1 year from the date of police report.

The vehicle owner is required to proceed to the LTA, Customer Service Centre, Level 1, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701, Vehicle De-registration Counter, during our office hours from 8am to 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays) and 8am to 12 noon (Saturdays), with the following documents to de-register and apply for the PARF/COE rebates of the lost vehicle:

a) Duly completed de-registration application form for vehicle lost through theft/Criminal Breach of Trust; and
b) Original Singapore Police Report and/or Original Police Report from the Country in which the vehicle was lost; and
c) Letters of Undertaking:

d) Original Identification Document(s) of the registered vehicle owner. Click here for the list of identification documents required.

The LTA will notify the last registered vehicle owner of the vehicle's de-registration, the details of any PARF/COE rebate(s) and/or arrears of road tax/late renewal fee(s), if applicable. Utilisation of the rebate(s) is subject to the settlement of any outstanding matters, eg, road tax arrears.

Driving/using/allowing usage of a de-registered vehicle
 
It is an offence to drive, use or keep a de-registered vehicle. A de-registered vehicle must be towed or transported if it needs to be transferred from one location to another. Infringing offenders will be prosecuted in Court, and face a maximum Court fine of $2,000 or 3 months' imprisonment.

A de-registered vehicle is also likely to be uninsured. It is a serious offence for anyone to use or permit the use of a vehicle without a valid motor insurance cover. The penalty is a fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 months or both, and a mandatory disqualification from holding a driving licence for at least 12 months, upon conviction in court.
Failing to submit disposal documents of a de-registered vehicle
 
Offenders who fail to submit disposal documents as proof that the vehicle has been scrapped or exported within a month of the cancellation of its registration may be prosecuted in Court, and face a maximum Court fine of $2,000 or 3 months' imprisonment. Similarly, first time offenders who are found keeping a de-registered vehicle may be prosecuted in Court, and face a maximum Court fine of $2,000 or 3 months' imprisonment.

Related Information:

PARF/COE Rebate
Retain Vehicle Number

Checklist
De-register A Vehicle

Forms Download
Click here to download de-registration form.

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