Motor Vehicle Registration & Licensing in Namibia

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Namibia Motor Vehicle Registration & Licensing

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION

All vehicles whether or not used on the public road must be registered unless specifically exempted by legislation. Registration for a motor vehicle must be made within 21 days from the date when liability arises.

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2.1 Requirements for Motor Vehicle Registration in Namibia

2.1.1 New Vehicle

-Manufacturing Certificate

-Customs & Excise Documents (imported) [SAD 500, Release Order, (Declarant Receipt if not registered form Import VAT)]

– Steering Mechanism

2.1.2 Used Vehicles (second-hand vehicle):

– Valid Police Clearance (Namibian)

– Registration Certificate

– SARPCCO Clearance (imported)

– Customs & Excise Documents (imported) [SAD 500, Release Order, (Declarant Receipt if not registered form Import VAT)]

– Steering Mechanism

– Document relating to registration (Diplomatic/SADC/UN/SACU)

– Government vehicles (GRN/NDF/NPS/POL)

  • Letter from accounting officer (if vehicle not on NaTIS)
  • Letter of exemption from Ministry of Works & Transport (in case of Donation)

2.1.3 Built-up: Vehicle build up from Scratch (Not on NaTIS system)

– Police Declaration (if receipts are not available –> both Buyer & Seller or Donor & Recipient)

– Affidavit (Affidavit Form)

– Weighbridge Certificate (tare)

– Police clearance

– Steering Mechanism.

2.1.4 Built-up: Vehicles previously on NaTIS but rebuilt with parts from seller

– Receipts

– Police clearance

– Weighbridge Certificate (tare)

– Affidavit (Affidavit Form)

– Steering Mechanism

2.1.5 Inherited Vehicle (local) not on NaTIS

– Police Clearance.

– Registration Certificate of previous manual system (if available).

– Executor letter / Magistrate Letter in case of customary inheritance (and in case of missing Registration Certificate for local inheritances)

2.1.6 Inherited Vehicle (foreign)

– Police Clearance / SARPCCO Clearance (foreign inheritance).

– Executor letter / Magistrate Letter in case of customary inheritance (Confirmation from Operational Support required).

– Registration Certificate (if available).

– Customs & Excise Documents (foreign vehicle) [SAD 500, Release Order, (Declarant Receipt if not registered form Import VAT)].

– Letter of exemption from Ministry of Works & Transport (in case of missing Registration Certificate for foreign inheritance).

2.1.7 Repossessed Vehicle

– Sold on auction.

– Police clearance.

– Court Order (warrant of execution, a letter from the deputy sheriff, Notice of execution, Tax Invoice).

– Affidavit from a financial institution.

– Registration Certificate from manual system (if available).

2.1.8 Recovered Stolen Vehicle

– Pre-NaTIS Deregistration Certificate (if available).

– Police Clearance.

– Letter of exemption from Ministry of Works & Transport (in case of missing Registration Certificate).

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2.2 Motor Vehicle Licensing in Namibia

Every motor vehicle in Namibia must be licensed whether it is operated on a public road or not, unless exempted in terms of legislation. Licensing for motor vehicle must be done within 21 days from the date when liability arises

Requirements for Licensing of Motor Vehicle (Driving Licensing in Namibia):

– A certificate of roadworthiness (if applicable)

– Payment of prescribed fees

2.2.1 Requirements when Motor Vehicle Changes Ownership (second hand)

When a motor vehicle changes ownership, the person selling the motor vehicle must do the following:

– Hand over the certificate of registration in respect of that motor vehicle

– Must within 21 days notify the registering authority (NaTIS Office) about the change on the approved form.

– Ensure that s/he receives an acknowledgement of that notice that the motor vehicle is no longer on their name.

– Ensure that the motor vehicle does not have any outstanding licence fees

2.3 If the motor vehicle was stolen, the owner of the motor vehicle must:

– Within 24hours the owner must report the theft to the Police when s/he becomes aware of the theft.

– With seven (7) days s/he must notify the registering authority if the motor vehicle has not been recovered.

2.4 Procedure if the motor vehicle becomes permanently unfit for use as a motor vehicle:

If the motor vehicle becomes permanently unfit for use as a motor vehicle, the owner must:

  • Notify the registering authority on the approved form.
  • Submit the registration certificate of that motor vehicle to the registering authority, upon which a deregistration certificate will be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Motor Vehicle Registration in Namibia

How do I register my car in Namibia?

Below are guidelines to follow when getting ready to register your motor vehicle in Namibia.

The below information are extracted from the above information provided on Namibia Motor Vehicle Registration (you can skip if you already read the above details)

How do I register second-hand vehicles purchased in Namibia?

You will need the following documents to register your vehicle:

  • A Certificate of Registration provided by the vendor
  • A Police Clearance Certificate provided by the Namibian police

You may add a letter from the administrative successor of the deceased if the vehicle comes from an estate after the death of the owner. On the other hand, in case of a court decision or execution, you will provide the following documents:

  • Courier of the commissioner of the court
  • Tax bill detailing vehicle characteristics
  • A copy of the Execution order
  • A copy of the Notice of Sale

How do I register a brand new vehicle bought in Namibia?

You would have to provide:

  • A Roadworthy Certification
  • A Manufacturer Certificate
  • A Police Clearance

How to register second-hand vehicles purchased outside of Namibia?

You will provide a certificate of registration issued by the country of origin. If the vehicle comes from a SADC (The Southern African Development Community) or SARPCCO (Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation) country, it must be established from the country of origin of the vehicle.

In the case where the vehicle was bought from a country out of SADC, the importer must provide a Namibian police clearance. You will also have to prove that you comply with the customs and excise legislation.

How to register new vehicles purchased outside Namibia?

You will need a certificate from the manufacturer and prove that you comply with the customs and excise legislation.

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