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Cars, motorcycles and scooters manufactured before 1 January 1940 are considered vintage vehicles, and can be registered for use in Singapore under the Vintage Vehicle Scheme.
 

At a glance

Understanding the Vintage Vehicle Scheme 

You can import, register and use a vintage vehicle in Singapore under the Vintage Vehicle Scheme.

 

There are 3 schemes:

  1. Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme
  2. Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme
  3. Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

There are usage restrictions for vintage vehicles. To use the vehicle, you must display a valid Day Licence.

Importing and registering a vintage car, motorcycle or scooter

Before you import and register your vintage car, motorcycle or scooter, ensure that it meets the registration and technical requirements.

 

You can also convert your vehicle to a vintage vehicle, if it was manufactured before 1 January 1940. 

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Understanding the Vintage Vehicle Schemes


Vintage vehicles are well-preserved, heritage-rich cars, motorcycles or scooters manufactured before 1 January 1940.

You can import and register a vintage car, motorcycle or scooter to be used in Singapore under the Vintage Vehicle Schemes.

There are 3 types of Vintage Vehicle Schemes for cars, and also for motorcycles and scooters. Each has different features. Some schemes have 2 modes – the ownership of the vehicle can be transferred, or cannot be transferred. Check the table below for details. 

Overview of Vintage Vehicle Scheme

 

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme (No longer available for registration and conversion)

Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

Ownership

Transferable

Non-transferable

Transferable

Non-transferable

Transferable

Excise Duty (Payable to Singapore Customs)

Car: 20% of Open Market Value (OMV)

Car: Waived

Car: 20% of OMV

Car: Waived

Car: 20% of OMV

Motorcycle or Scooter: 12% of OMV

Certificate of Entitlement (COE)

Quota Premium in the appropriate vehicle category

Waived

10% of the Prevailing Quota Premium in the appropriate vehicle category

Registration Fee

$220

Additional Registration Fee (ARF)

Tiered rate similar to a normal vehicle. 

Waived

Tiered rate similar to a normal vehicle.

Waived

10% of OMV

Lifespan Restriction Car: None
Motorcycle or Scooter: Until 30 June 2028
None

Road Tax

Similar to a normal vehicle.

Waived

Insurance Coverage

Motor insurance covering the entire road tax period. The insurance must cover third-party liability for deaths and bodily injury.

Inspection

Your vehicle need not go for periodic inspection and its registration number plates will not need to be inspected. 

Conditions

Once you have registered a vehicle under the Vintage Vehicle Scheme, it cannot be converted to other vehicle schemes, such as the normal vehicle or off-peak car schemes.

Vintage vehicles cannot be laid up.

A vintage car pays ERP and must have an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) installed.

The vehicle registration number plate of your vintage vehicle must be sealed at an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC). You must apply to LTA for approval before breaking the vehicle registration number plate seal for repair or carrying out other works on your vintage vehicle. 
 

Motorcycles or scooters registered under the Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme have a restricted lifespan until 30 June 2028. After this date, they can no longer be used on Singapore roads.

 

Usage restrictions and day licences for vintage vehicles
 

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme

There are no usage restrictions for vehicles under the Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme and you are not required to display a Day Licence.

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme

You can only use your vintage vehicle for 28 days in a calendar year under the Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme, including weekends and public holidays. You must display a valid Day Licence each time you use it. You can buy up to 28 additional Day Licences at $10 per licence at the LTA Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701.

Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

You can only use your vintage vehicle for 45 days in a calendar year under the Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme, including weekends and public holidays. You must display a valid Day Licence each time you use it. You can buy up to 45 Day Licences (first 28 Day Licences at $10 per licence and 17 additional Day Licences at $20 per licence) at the LTA Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701.  

Day Licences cannot be transferred to another vehicle, exchanged or refunded. Day Licences cannot be carried over to another calendar year.


Importing and registering a vintage vehicle
 

Before importing and registering a vintage vehicle, ensure that your vehicle meets the registration and technical requirements. 

Registration requirements

Technical requirements

 

Process for importing and registering a vintage vehicle


Here is a summary of the steps to import and register a vintage vehicle.  For more details, download the guides below.

1.     Check if your vehicle meets registration and technical requirements.

2.     Ship the vehicle to Singapore through a shipping agent.

3.     Arrange with your shipping agent to obtain an Inward Cargo Clearance Permit.

4.     Decide whether you want to register the vehicle yourself or get a motor dealer to register the vehicle for you. If a motor dealer registers the vehicle on your behalf, they will carry out all or most of the subsequent steps for you.

5.     Your importer must submit an application for vehicle approval through the Vehicle Inspection and Type Approval System (VITAS). Upon approval, the vehicle must be inspected at an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC).  

6.     Submit documents for registration and pay at the LTA Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701.

7.    Collect your Registration Notification Letter and receipt from the LTA Customer Service Centre.

8.     Upon successful registration, a vehicle registration number will be assigned to the vintage vehicle, unless a retained or bid vehicle registration number is used. You have 7 calendar days to affix the vehicle registration number plates on your vehicle, and then seal them at an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC). The number plate for vintage vehicles looks like this:

Vehicle registration number plates for the Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme 

Vintage Normal Vehicle Scheme


Vehicle registration number plates for the Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme/Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme
 

icon_pdf Download the guide to importing and registering vintage cars [87 kb]

icon_pdf Download the guide to importing and registering vintage motorcycles or scooters  [85 kb]


Converting from one Vintage Vehicle Scheme to another


For some Vintage Vehicle Schemes, you can convert a vintage vehicle* from one Vintage Vehicle Scheme to another. When a vintage vehicle is converted out of the Vintage (Restricted) Scheme, the conversion cannot be reversed.

*On 6 April 2018, NEA announced that motorcycles or scooters registered under the Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme have a restricted lifespan until 30 June 2028. After this date, they can no longer be used on Singapore roads.  Owners of motorcycles or scooters under the Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme can choose to deregister or convert them to the Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme on or before 30 June 2028.  Please visit NEA’s website (www.nea.gov.sg/mtcincentive) for more information on the initiative to phase out older, more pollutive motorcycles, and the incentives to deregister them.

For each conversion, you have to pay an administrative fee of $100.

After you convert your vehicle, any unused COE under the current scheme will be forfeited.  Any ARF paid is also not refunded.

Conversions that are allowed:

To
 

 

From

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme (Transferable)

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme (Non-Transferable)

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme (Transferable)

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme
(Non-Transferable)

Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme (Transferable)

 

 

 

 

Vintage (Normal) Vehicle Scheme (Non-transferable)

 

 

 

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme (Transferable)

 

 

 

Vintage (Restricted) Vehicle Scheme (Non-transferable)

 

 

Revised Vintage Vehicle Scheme

 

 

 

 



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