Here’s what you need to know about licencing and registering a car in your name…
Getting a new car is an exciting milestone for many, but licencing and registering it in your name can lead to so much unnecessary stress and delays, if you don’t follow the correct procedures.
The Western Cape Government notes that when you buy a vehicle, you need to register and licence it in your name within 21 days of its purchase. If you don’t meet the 21-day limit, you will face penalties.
Follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and timely process when registering a car in your name:
Who is a Title Holder?
The title holder is the owner of the vehicle. If you paid for your vehicle in cash (without vehicle financing), then you are the title holder. However, if a financial institution has assisted you with the purchase of your vehicle, then they will hold the title to the vehicle until all repayments have been made.
The person who will license the vehicle is the person who has the right to use the vehicle in terms of the contractual agreement with the title holder. If the title holder is an institution, then they must register the vehicle before you, as the user, may license it.
The details of the vehicle registration and licensing are recorded on the National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS) –which acts as a law enforcement tool. eNaTIS is used to ensure that the details of stolen vehicles are circulated to prevent irregular and fraudulent reregistration of such vehicles.
Registering and Licensing a New Vehicle
You need to complete and submit the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle form, along with the required documents, to your nearest motor vehicle registering authority.
There is a cost to register the vehicle and you will be issued with a registration certificate after settling the fee.
Note: Motorists must verify all personal and address particulars with any motor vehicle or driving licence transaction. These documents can be used as proof.
Registration and Licensing of a Pre-Owned (Used) Vehicle
To register and license a pre-owned (used) vehicle, you need the following documents:
The buyer of the vehicle must ensure that the licence of the vehicle is up to date. Complete and submit the Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle form to the vehicle registering authority, along with the required documents.
You will be issued with a registration certificate after paying the fee.
Registrating and Licensing of a Built-up Vehicle
To register and license a built-up vehicle, you need the following documents:
You need to complete and submit the relevant forms to your nearest motor vehicle registering authority. You will be issued with a registration certificate after settling the fee.
Before you can register and license a vehicle that has been altered or rebuilt (meaning modified or converted), you need to obtain:
A vehicle’s registration is terminated and additional requirements are relevant when:
For more information, please contact the Motor Vehicle Registration Call Centre:
Contact your nearest motor vehicle registering authority.
Online Vehicle Licencing for City of Cape Town Residents
You can pay vehicle licence fees online through electronic funds transfers (EFTs). Follow these three easy steps:
Note: This online payment facility is for vehicle licences only and should not be used for the payment of rates, traffic fines and other municipal accounts.
Remember to use the reference number listed on the e-mail and not the unique number to complete the payment.
For more information, contact the City of Cape Town Call Centre on 0860 103 089.