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Retain or Replace a Vehicle Registration Number (VRN)

You can retain the Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) of your existing vehicle and use it to register a new vehicle, or to replace the VRN of another vehicle you own. 

At a glance

Understanding Retention of VRN

You can retain your current VRN for a fee, and use it on a new or existing vehicle that you own.

 

You cannot transfer a retained VRN to a vehicle you do not own.

 

You can only use your retained VRN on another vehicle of the same type, e.g. car to car; light goods vehicle to light goods vehicle.

 

For cars with sealed number plates, you must pass an inspection of the number plate seals before you can apply to retain your VRN. 


You cannot retain the VRN of a vehicle that is under temporary transfer status.

Retaining and using a VRN

There are 2 ways to retain the VRN of your existing vehicle:
 

  • Before it is transferred or deregistered
  • After it is deregistered

Once you have retained your VRN, there are 2 ways you can use it:

 

The fee you pay to retain a VRN depends on whether you use it on a new or existing vehicle.

 

After you have retained your VRN, you have up to 12 months to use it.  You can pay a fee to further extend its validity.

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Understanding Retention of VRN
 

You can apply to retain the vehicle registration number (VRN) of your vehicle before it is transferred or deregistered, or after you have deregistered it. You can use the retained VRN on a new vehicle that you intend to register or an existing vehicle that you currently own. 

You can only use the retained VRN on another vehicle that is of the same type. The types of vehicles are:

  • Cars
  • Taxis
  • Motorcycles
  • Buses (P-plate)
  • Light Goods Vehicles (G-plate)
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles (Y-plate)
  • Very Heavy Goods Vehicles (X-plate)
  • Engineering plants (W-plate)

You cannot transfer a retained VRN to a vehicle you do not own.

After you have successfully retained your VRN, LTA will send you a notification.

Once you have retained your VRN, the transaction cannot be cancelled and any fee paid is non-refundable.

When the VRN of your vehicle is changed, remember to inform your insurance company to update your vehicle insurance certificate.

You cannot retain the VRN of a vehicle that is under temporary transfer status.


Retain VRN for vehicles under the Weekend/ Off-Peak/ Revised Off-Peak/ Revised Vintage/ Vintage (Restricted)/ Classic Vehicle Schemes


If your vehicle is under any of these schemes, you must first send your vehicle to an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC) to check that the number plate seals are intact before you can apply to retain your VRN.

After passing the inspection, you have 7 calendar days to apply to retain your VRN.
 

When to retain your VRN


You can retain the VRN of your vehicle before it is transferred or deregistered, or after you have deregistered it.  You have 1 month to retain the VRN after you deregister a vehicle.
 

Retain your VRN before transferring or deregistering your vehicle


Before you retain your VRN, you must first settle any outstanding fees, taxes and charges. There are 3 ways you can retain your VRN before transferring or deregistering your vehicle. 

1. Online via Digital Services

2. Through motor dealers authorised as Electronic Service Agents (ESAs) providing services for registration of new vehicles

3. At LTA Customer Service Centre



Retain your VRN after deregistering your vehicle

You have 1 month to retain the VRN after you deregister your vehicle. There are 2 ways to retain the VRN of your vehicle after it is deregistered.

1. Online via Digital Services

2. At LTA Customer Service Centre

 

How to retain and use your retained VRN


Refer to the table below on how to use your retained VRN on a vehicle you own.

If you retain your VRN:

For use on a/an:

You will pay:

How to use the retained number:

Before transfer or deregistration

 

New vehicle (VRN was retained online or via LTA’s Customer Service Centre)

$1300 

You will receive a refund of $1200 after you have registered your new vehicle with the retained VRN.

You need to inform your motor dealer to use your retained VRN on your new vehicle. Your motor dealer will then help you register your new vehicle with your retained VRN.

Second-hand vehicles are not considered new vehicles.

New vehicle (VRN was retained via a motor dealer authorised as an Electronic Service Agent)

$100

You must use the retained VRN to register a new vehicle within 14 calendar days. Otherwise, the VRN’s validity will be automatically extended to 12 months from the retention date and you will need to pay an additional $1200.

Existing vehicle

$1300

There will be no refund of $1200.

You can use your retained VRN to replace the VRN of your existing vehicle online or at LTA’s Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701, Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.30pm, and Saturday from 8.00am to 12.00pm. Bring along the completed application form (R06).

After deregistration
(within 1 month of deregistering your vehicle)

 

 

New vehicle

$100 when you register your new vehicle with the retained VRN.

You need to inform your motor dealer to use your retained VRN on your new vehicle. Your motor dealer will then help you register your new vehicle with your retained VRN.

Second-hand vehicles are not considered new vehicles.

Existing vehicle

$100 to retain the number, then another $1200 when you use the retained VRN on your existing vehicle.

You can use your retained number to replace the registration number of your existing vehicle online or at LTA’s Customer Service Centre at 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701, Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.30pm, and Saturday from 8.00am to 12.00pm. Bring along the completed application form (R06).

 

Manage Registered Vehicle Numbers


Learn how to deregister your vehicle

 

Validity of your VRN and extension of validity


Once your application to retain your VRN is approved, you have 12 months to use it before it expires.

You can apply online extend the VRN’s validity before it expires. You can extend for 6 months at a time for a fee of $1,000 plus an administrative fee of $32.10. There is no refund of the extension fee, or pro-rating of the extension period or fee.

Extend Vehicle Number Validity


Change the number plates of your vehicle after retaining and using your VRN


When you retain the VRN of your vehicle before deregistering it, the system assigns your vehicle with a replacement VRN.

After you retain the VRN, you have 3 calendar days to change the number plates on your vehicle to display the replacement VRN. However, if you are planning to deregister this vehicle within these 3 days, you need not change its vehicle number plate.

After your application to use the retained VRN on your existing vehicle has been approved, you have 3 calendar days to change the number plates on your existing vehicle to match its new VRN.

You can change the number plates on your vehicle at any vehicle workshop.
 

What to do when you use your retained VRN for vehicles under the Weekend/ Off-Peak/ Revised Off-Peak/ Revised Vintage/ Vintage (Restricted)/ Classic Vehicle Schemes


When you use your retained VRN on vehicles registered under the Weekend/ Off-Peak / Revised Off-Peak/ Revised Vintage/ Vintage (Restricted)/ Classic Vehicle Schemes, you have to seal the new vehicle number plates at an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre within 3 calendar days after your VRN retention is approved.

Announcement Shout-out

To avoid penalties, your vehicle must display its correct VRN, and its number plates must be sealed if its scheme requires it. Otherwise, you may face a fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both.