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.
At a glance
|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 from its registration.
For sellers or the current owner, before transferring your vehicle, take note that:
For buyers or the next owner, before confirming the transfer of vehicle, take note that:
For buyers or the next owner, to avoid possible problems or issues in the future when purchasing a second-hand vehicle:
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
You can apply to transfer your vehicle online using Singpass 2FA
For vehicle registered to a deceased owner, the Administrator or Executor of the Estate of the deceased vehicle owner may apply to transfer the vehicle registered to the deceased owner using your Singpass 2FA.
For the following cases only, please make an appointment to apply for transfer of your 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
- The vehicle should not have any outstanding matters, e.g. financial loans, road tax arrears
- The vehicle must be more than 3 months from its registration if it is registered with a Category A or B COE
- 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
- If the car being transferred to you is registered with a Category A or B COE, and is 4 to 6 months from its registration, you may have to pay an additional levy. 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.
- The vehicle must have valid motor insurance under your name, covering the full period of the vehicle’s valid road tax
- The vehicle must pass vehicle inspection by any LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre, if vehicle inspection is required before road tax can be renewed
- If the vehicle is a Private Bus, Private Hire Bus or School Bus, LTA Bus Licensing Division must approve the transfer
- If the vehicle is a light goods vehicle, i.e. with a Maximum Laden Weight (MLW) of not more than 3,500kg, and it is being transferred to yourself and not to a business entity, you must have a valid hawker licence or farm licence issued by Singapore authorities
- If the vehicle is a heavy goods vehicle, you must have a vehicle parking certificate under your name covering the full period of the vehicle’s valid road tax. Heavy goods vehicles are:
- Goods vehicle or trailer with MLW of more than 5,000kg
- Mobile crane or recovery vehicle with Unladen Weight (ULW) of more than 2,500kg
- Bus with seating capacity of more than 15 passengers
For buyers or the next 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 on the vehicle tally with LTA’s records by using the Enquire Transfer Fees digital service.
Read about the SAFE checklist (PDF, 106kB) developed by the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) to guide second-hand car buyers.
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 and SMS to both the previous and the new owner.
Online – using Singpass 2FA
Transfer ownership of a vehicle registered to a deceased owner
You may apply for transfer of your vehicle at the LTA Customer Service Centre for the following cases only.
At LTA Customer Service Centre
You must make an appointment to transfer the ownership of vehicle at the LTA Customer Service Centre if:
- you are buying a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) as a hawker or farmer
- you are transferring a diplomatic vehicle
If you are a foreigner who is not eligible for Singpass, please write in via www.lta.gov.sg/feedback to make an appointment to transfer your vehicle at LTA Customer Service Centre.