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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 or replace 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 letter.

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 or replace 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.
 

Retaining 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



Retaining 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

 

Fees involved when retaining and using your retained VRN

For the fees, there are two separate parts that you need to take note of.


Part 1: To retain your VRN, you will need to pay a fee.

Part 2: To use your retained VRN on another vehicle, you may have to pay a top-up fee or you may receive a partial refund.

 

If you are retaining a VRN from a vehicle before transfer or deregistration:

Upfront fee to retain your VRN from a vehicle before transfer or deregistration

Part 1: $1,300

If this VRN is used to register a new vehicle under your name, we will refund you $1,200. You will receive the refund after you have registered your new vehicle with this VRN

 

Part 2: -$1,200 (Refund)

 

If this VRN is used on an existing vehicle belonging to you, there is no further charge, and there is no refund

 

 

Part 2: $0

Total cost: $1,300 - $1,200 = $100 (*)

Total cost: $1,300 + $0 = $1,300

You need to inform your motor dealer to use your retained VRN on your new vehicle, before it is registered and automatically assigned a number. Your motor dealer will then help you register your new vehicle with the retained VRN.

 

Please note that once a vehicle is assigned a vehicle number, it will not be considered a new vehicle.

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 this completed application form (R06).

* if you are retaining your VRN through a motor dealer authorised as an Electronic Service Agent, and the retained VRN is immediately used for another vehicle, you will only need to pay an upfront fee of $100. In other words, you do not have to pay the $1,300 upfront fee and wait for the $1,200 refund when you register your new vehicle with the VRN. Please note that if the retained VRN is labelled for immediate use, you have to use your 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 $1,200 to use it. You will still get back a refund of $1,200, if you use it on a new vehicle.

 

 

If you are retaining a VRN from a deregistered vehicle:

Upfront fee to retain your VRN from a deregistered vehicle

Part 1: $100

If this VRN is used on a new vehicle, there is no further charge

 

 

 

Part 2: $0

 

If this VRN is used on an existing vehicle belonging to you, you have to pay an additional $1,200

 

 

Part 2: $1,200

Total cost: $100 + $0 = $100

Total cost: $100 + $1,200 = $1,300

You need to inform your motor dealer to use your retained VRN on your new vehicle, before it is registered and automatically assigned a number. Your motor dealer will then help you register your new vehicle with the retained VRN.

 

Please note that once a vehicle is assigned a vehicle number, it will not be considered a new vehicle.

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 this completed application form (R06).

 

After you have retained your VRN, your previous vehicle will need to have a new VRN. There are 3 ways to go about this:

1) You can choose to have a system-assigned VRN replace your previous vehicle's VRN

2) You can choose to use an existing bid number that you own to replace your previous vehicle's VRN

3) You can choose to use an existing VRN that you have previously retained from another vehicle. For this case, please note that the fees for using a VRN on an existing vehicle (see "Part 2" in the tables above) will apply.

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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 to extend your VRN’s validity before it expires. It can be extended 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.

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


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.

Additionally, after you have used the retained VRN on your existing vehicle, your previous vehicle will then need to have a replacement VRN.

- If your previous vehicle is deregistered, the replacement VRN will be system-assigned, and you do not have to take further action

- If your previous vehicle is not deregistered, you can choose to have a system-assigned replacement VRN, or choose to use an existing VRN that you own (either bid number, or previously retained VRN)

·         If you intend to deregister the vehicle within 3 calendar days, you need not change its vehicle number plates.

·         Otherwise, you will need to change its vehicle number plates to display the replacement VRN. You need to do so within 3 calendar days from the date that your application to retain your VRN has been approved. The number plates can be changed 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 application to retain your VRN 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.