When you buy or sell a second-hand vehicle, or when a vehicle changes hands, the ownership of the vehicle must be transferred to the new owner.

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Understanding transfer of ownership

When you buy or sell a second-hand vehicle, or when a vehicle changes hands, the ownership of vehicle must be transferred to the new owner within 7 days.

 

Vehicles being transferred should not be under financing. If the vehicle is registered with a Category A or B COE, it must be more than 3 months old.
 

For sellers or the original owner, before transferring your vehicle, take note that:
 

  • You can only retain vehicle numbers before the transfer.

  • Taxes that have been paid and vehicle rebates will be transferred to the new owner.

  • If your vehicle is 4 to 6 months old and is registered with a Category A or B COE, you may have to pay a levy.
     

For buyers or the new owner, to avoid possible problems or issues in the future when purchasing a second-hand vehicle, check that the engine and chassis numbers tally with LTA records, and ensure that the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred to your name. If you are selling or buying a second-hand vehicle from a motor dealer, engage a reliable motor dealer. For greater assurance, choose a motor dealer which is CaseTrust-SVTA accredited.

How to transfer ownership

There are 2 ways to transfer ownership of your vehicle:
 

For the following cases, you must transfer the ownership of vehicle at the LTA Customer Service Centre:
 

A vehicle can be transferred to motor dealers for them to sell to another buyer under the Temporary Transfer of Vehicle Scheme.  

Related digital services

Enquire Transfer Fee

Enquire PARF/COE Rebates

Enquire Next Off Peak Car Cash Rebate Payout Amount

Enquire Road Tax Payable


Understanding transfer of ownership
 

When you buy or sell a second-hand vehicle, or when a vehicle changes hands, the ownership of the vehicle must be transferred to the new owner within 7 days. 


Vehicles being transferred must meet these criteria:

  • The vehicle should not have any outstanding matters, e.g. financial loans, road tax arrears.

  • The vehicle must be more than 3 months old if it is registered with a Category A or B COE.


For sellers or the original owner, when transferring ownership of a vehicle:

  • If you wish to retain the vehicle number, retain it before the transfer.
  • Taxes that have been paid and vehicle rebates will be transferred to the new owner. These include any remaining road tax, Off-Peak Car cash rebates or PARF/COE rebates the vehicle may enjoy.

Enquire PARF/COE rebate

Enquire Next Off Peak Car Cash Rebate Payout Amount

Enquire Road Tax Payable

  • If your vehicle is 4 to 6 months old, and is registered with a Category A or B COE, an additional levy may apply. This levy takes effect when the Quota Premium (QP) paid for the vehicle’s COE is lower than the QP in the car’s corresponding COE category at the time of the transfer. The additional levy is the difference between these two amounts.

Enquire transfer fees and additional levy


For buyers or the new owner, to avoid possible problems or issues in the future when purchasing a second-hand vehicle

Check that the engine and chassis numbers of the vehicle tally with LTA’s records.

If the numbers do not tally, the vehicle cannot be used, and it will not be granted PARF or COE rebates when it is deregistered.

You can visit an LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre (AIC) with the vehicle to check the engine and chassis number for a fee. You can see if the numbers tally with LTA’s records by using the Enquire Transfer Fees digital service.

Upon successful transfer, you can login to your dashboard to check that the vehicle is registered under your name. When the vehicle is successfully transferred, LTA will send a letter to both the previous and the new owner. 

Learn more about selling/ deregistering your vehicle


How to transfer ownership


Transfer ownership of your vehicle

There are 2 ways to transfer ownership of your vehicle:

1. Via Motor Dealers authorised as Electronic Service Agents (ESA)

2. At LTA Customer Service Centre


Transfer ownership of a diplomatic vehicle
 

To transfer ownership of a diplomatic vehicle, as the registered owner, you must first seek approval to sell the vehicle from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

When you have obtained MFA’s consent, follow these steps:
 

Steps to transfer ownership of a diplomatic vehicle



Transfer ownership of vehicle belonging to a deceased owner


Only the Administrator, Executor of the Estate of the deceased or Beneficiary may transfer ownership of a vehicle belonging to a deceased vehicle owner.

The Administrator or Executor must first transfer the ownership to his/ her name before transferring it to a third party, if the original Letters of Administration or Grant of Probate has not been obtained from the Court.

The Administrator or Executor can approach the Public Trustee for assistance if the value of the deceased’s estate does not exceed $50,000. For more information, you may check on Public Trustee’s website

Steps to transfer ownership of a vehicle registered to a deceased owner



Temporary transfer of vehicle scheme for motor dealers
 

If you are a motor dealer, read more about the Temporary Transfer of Vehicle Scheme below. 

Steps to transfer a vehicle temporarily