All vehicles in Singapore, including goods vehicles and engineering plants, must be registered before they can be used or driven on public roads. Not all engineering plants are allowed to be driven on public roads.

At a glance

Understanding Goods Vehicle and Engineering Plant Registration

Goods vehicles and engineering plants must be registered in Singapore before they can be used or driven on public roads.

 

There are 4 types of goods vehicles:
 

  • Light Goods Vehicles
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • Very Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • Goods-cum-Passenger Vehicles

Once registered, the lifespan for goods vehicles is 20 years. There is no lifespan restriction for engineering plants.

Registering a Goods Vehicle or Engineering Plant

There are 2 ways to register your goods vehicle or engineering plant:

 

 

If you register the goods vehicle or engineering plant personally, follow these steps:

 

Step 1: Apply for a Vehicle Approval Code (VAC) through VITAS

 

Step 2: Submit the prerequisite documents

 

Step 3: Pay registration fees and charges

 

Step 4: Affix your registration number plates

 

Step 5: Display your side markings (for Light Goods Vehicle)

 

Understanding goods vehicle and engineering plant registration


All goods vehicles and engineering plants in Singapore must be registered with LTA before they can be used or driven on public roads. Not all engineering plants are allowed to be driven on public roads.


Goods vehicle classification


Goods vehicles, except for Goods-cum-Passenger Vehicles (GPVs), are classified according to their maximum laden weight (MLW):

  • Light Goods Vehicle (LGV)                       — MLW ≤ 3,500kg
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)                  — 3,500kg < MLW ≤ 16,000kg 
  • Very Heavy Goods Vehicle (VHGV)   — MLW > 16,000kg
     

GPVs are vehicles which transport both goods and passengers.  They are manufactured to carry 7 passengers or more, excluding the driver, and can have MLW  of up to 5,000kg.  Depending on their MLW, they can be LGVs or HGVs.


Goods vehicle lifespan 


Once registered, goods vehicles have a lifespan of 20 years, at the end of which they must be deregistered. There is no lifespan restriction for engineering plants.

Learn more about the vehicle taxes and fees for goods vehicles and engineering plant 


Registering a goods vehicle or engineering plant


When you buy a goods vehicle or engineering plant, your motor dealer can register it for you.

You can also choose to register a goods vehicle or engineering plant yourself.


Self-registering a goods vehicle or engineering plant


You can register a goods vehicle or engineering yourself. Follow these steps:


Step 1: Apply for a Vehicle Approval Code (VAC) through VITAS

Before applying for a VAC, you must have the documents for importing and registering each vehicle type stated in the guides linked below:

To apply for a VAC, submit the required documents in person to:

Land Transport Authority
Vehicle Approval & Control Division
10 Sin Ming Drive
Singapore 575701

Opening hours:

8.00 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays
8.00 am to 12.00 pm, Saturdays

You need to pay an application fee of $256.80 for the VAC.

Once in-principle approval has been given, you will be notified to send the goods vehicle or engineering plant for inspection at an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC). After your goods vehicle or engineering plant has passed the inspection, the VAC will be issued to you.


Step 2: Submit the prerequisite documents

Submit these documents to LTA:

  • Form R01
  • Identification documents of the new vehicle owner:

    • For individual owners:

      • Original NRIC (for Singaporeans and PRs) or Employment/Immigration pass card issued by MOM/ICA (for foreigners).
    • For companies:

      • Printout of the business profile of the company from Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).  This printout is valid up to 14 days from the date of issue.
      • Original NRIC (for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs) or Employment/Immigration pass card issued by MOM/ICA (for foreigners) of the authorised person from the company.
      • Original authorisation letter, signed by at least a Manager or above, if the authorised person of the company is not listed in the ACRA printout.
    • For organisations:

      • Original certificate issued by Registry of Societies or relevant regulating authority.
      • Original NRIC (for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs) or Employment/Immigration pass card issued by MOM/ICA (for foreigners) of the authorised person from the organisation.
  • VAC approval notice
  • A Temporary COE (TCOE)
  • Proof of valid motor insurance cover
  • Your Vehicle Registration Number, if you wish to bid for a customised number or retain the number from an existing vehicle
  • Notice of COE rebate (if any)
  • Approval letter from the relevant authorities, if the vehicle is to be registered under a special scheme (if any)
  • A valid Vehicle Parking Certificate (VPC), if registering a goods vehicle that is:

    • A Heavy Goods Vehicle with maximum laden weight (MLW) exceeding 5,000kg;
    • A trailer and low loader with MLW exceeding 5,000kg; or
    • A mobile crane and recovery vehicle with unladen weight (ULW) exceeding 2,500kg
  • A valid hawker’s licence issued by the National Environment Agency or farmer’s licence issued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, if registering a Light Goods Vehicle under an individual
  • Inward Cargo Clearance Permit (CCP)*

* Contact Singapore Customs for more information on customs clearance, valuation of imported vehicles and CCP.

Go to the LTA Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701 to submit your documents.

Opening hours:

8.00 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays
8.00 am to 12.00 pm,  Saturdays


Step 3: Pay registration fees and charges

At LTA Customer Service Centre, you will need to pay the registration fees and other charges in cash, cashier's order or NETS:

You will receive a notification of your registration on the spot, if all your documents are in order.


Step 4: Affix your registration number plate

Affix the registration number plates on your vehicle within 3 days of registration. Use the number assigned to your vehicle, unless you have a retained or bid number.


Step 5: Display your side markings (for Light Goods Vehicle)

If your vehicle is a Light Goods Vehicle, display this information on both sides of the Light Goods Vehicle within 7 days of registration:

  • Name of registered vehicle owner
  • Company or business registered address
  • Company or business registration number or hawker/farmer licence number
  • Passenger capacity of the vehicle