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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 Appointed Scrap Yard Operators, Export Processing Zone Operators or LTA.

Step 2
A) Scrapping of vehicle

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  • Submit an online application to de-register your vehicle.
  • 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.
  • Bring along the following:

a) Duly completed de-registration application form;

b) Original NRIC (Singaporean, Singapore PRs & Malaysian) or Passport (foreigner other than Malaysian) of submitter if the vehicle owner has appointed a 3rd party/ submitter to submit the car for de-registration and has indicated the 3rd party/ submitter's particulars when applying to de-register the vehicle online;

c) 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 pending export

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  • Submit an online application to de-register your vehicle.
  • 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.
  • Bring along the following documents:

a) Duly completed de-registration application form;

b) Original NRIC (Singaporean, Singapore PRs & Malaysian) or Passport (foreigner other than Malaysian) of submitter if the vehicle owner has appointed a 3rd party/ submitter to submit the car for de-registration and has indicated the 3rd party/ submitter's particulars when applying to de-register the vehicle online;

c) 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 disposal documents must be submitted to the EPZ operators immediately upon export of the vehicle, or not more than 14 days after the vehicle had exited an EPZ (for vehicles which had exited an EPZ on or after 16 June 2008), whichever is earlier:
a) Cargo Clearance Permit; and
b) Duly endorsed1 non-negotiable copy of Bill of Lading 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

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  • Submit an online application to de-register your vehicle.
  • De-register the vehicle, within 5 calendar days of your online application, at the Land Transport Authority, Vehicle Registration and Licensing (VRL) Service Operations Division, Level 1, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701. Otherwise the application will lapse and you will have to re-apply.
  • Complete de-registration form and submit it together with the following necessary documents:
a) Cargo Clearance Permit; and
b) Duly endorsed1 non-negotiable copy of Bill of Lading 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.
  • If you have not submitted an online application to de-register your vehicle prior to approaching LTA counter, in addition to the completed application form and the aforesaid necessary documents, you will also need to produce the relevant identification documents. Click here for the list of identification documents required.

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

PARF/COE Rebate at De-registration
PARF/COE Rebate Details

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

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

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

Vehicle owner is required to proceed to the LTA, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701, Level 1, 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) Letter of Undertakings; and
c) Original Singapore Police Report and/or Original Police Report from the Country in which the vehicle was lost; and
d) Original Identification Document(s) of the registered vehicle owner.

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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