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All vehicles in Singapore, including buses, must be registered before they can be driven on public roads. Before you register a bus, learn the requirements to operate different types of buses.

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Understanding Bus Registration

Buses must be registered in Singapore before they can be driven on public roads.

Registering a bus

There are 5 types of buses, each used for different purposes.
 

  • Private Bus
  • Private Hire Bus
  • Excursion Bus
  • School Bus
  • Omnibus

You must seek prior approval from LTA before you register a bus. Only Excursion Buses do not need prior approval.
 

There are 2 ways to register your bus:
 

  • Through a motor dealer
  • Self-registration

If you register the bus personally, follow the steps required for the specific bus type:
 

Find out more

Find out more about bus registration and ownership on lta.gov

 

More information on operating a bus


Understanding bus registration


All buses in Singapore must be registered with LTA before they can be driven on public roads.

There are 5 types of buses. Before you register a bus, learn the requirements to operate different types of buses.

  • A Private Bus is used to ferry employees or people related to the business of the bus owner.
  • A Private Hire Bus is used to ferry children to and from schools or workers to and from their workplace. It can also be chartered out under a contract to a single party at any one time.
  • An Excursion Bus is mainly used to ferry tourists. It can also be used to ferry school children and workers.
  • A School Bus is used to ferry school children and school staff to and from school. It can also be used to ferry workers to and from their workplace, if the bus has an Adult Workers’ Contract (AWC) permit.
  • An Omnibus is a bus operated by public transport operators.

Private Buses, Private Hire Buses and Excursion Buses need to have a Category C or E COE.
 

Registering a bus


Only Excursion Buses do not need prior approval before registration. For all other buses, you need to apply to LTA for prior approval before you can register or transfer ownership.

If you are registering a School Bus, you can only apply to take over the registration of an existing School Bus, as there are no new licences being issued for School Buses.

Once you have obtained approval, you can proceed to engage a dealer to register the bus for you. You can also choose to register a bus yourself.
 

Self-registering a bus


You can register a bus yourself. Follow these steps:

Register a Private Bus

Register a Private Hire Bus

Register an Excursion Bus

Register a School Bus

Register an Omnibus