Change owner or titleholder particulars for a vehicle

About changing owner or titleholder particulars for a vehicle
Any changes to the particulars of the vehicle owner or titleholder must be communicated to the appropriate registering authority within 21 days after such change. Use the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.

When you sell your vehicle, you must notify your registering authority on the Notification of change of ownership/Sale of motor vehicle (NCO) form. The new owner must register the car in their name.

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What you should do

  1. Go to your nearest registering authority.
  2. If you are changing your address, you must take along the following:
    • A copy of your identity (ID) document if you are a South African citizen. If you are a foreign citizen, you must bring both the original and certified copy of your ID issued by your country of origin and your temporary residence permit.
    • Proof of the new residential address.
  3. If you are a South African citizen, you must complete and submit form NCP only. If you are a foreign citizen, you must complete the NCP form and the Notice in respect of traffic register number (ANR) form.
  4. If you are selling the vehicle:
    • The seller must complete the NCO form and submit it to their registering authority.
    • The seller must hand over the registration certificate to the buyer.
    • The buyer must complete the Application for registration and licencing of motor vehicle form (RLV) for submission.
    • The buyer must submit the vehicle registration certificate, if the vehicle was registered in South Africa
  5. Provide a mass measuring certificate if the vehicle’s tare was changed.
  6. The buyer of the vehicle must submit the forms at the registering authority within 21 days of buying the vehicle, along with the registration form obtained from the seller and the vehicle must go for a  roadworthy test again (it is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy).
  7. If the vehicle is registered under a company, you must also submit a certificate of incorporation or name change as issued in terms of the Companies Act or a founding statement.
  8. The registering authority assesses your application and you must pay the fees as prescribed by your province. 
  9. If required by the registering authority you will have to provide proof of the right to be registered as the titleholder of the motor vehicle concerned, e.g. an invoice or a sales agreement. If  you do not have that,  phone your nearest call centre or registering authority to establish whether they accept or require any other document as proof.
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How long does it take
Applications are processed on the same day.

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How much does it cost
Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

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Forms to complete

  • Notice of change of particulars (NCP)
  • Application for registration and licensing (RLV)
  • Notice of change of ownership/Sale of motor vehicle (NCO)
  • Notice in respect of traffic register number (ANR)
Forms are obtainable from the registering authority or you can download them from the eNaTIS website.
 
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Last modified
10 Apr 2014