How To Register A Vehicle In Afghanistan
Before we explain the process of how to register a vehicle in Afghanistan, there are a few things that should be pointed out. Not everyone can import a car into the country and those limitations should be your first consideration if you’r considering shipping a vehicle to the area.
Visiting tourists may not import a vehicle into Afghanistan. In order to bring a car or other type of vehicle into the country, you must either be a foreign diplomat or a foreigner with a work permit or visa. Members of the U.S. military with a PCS order to Afghanistan may also import a vehicle.
Afghanistan has recently adopted international standards when it comes to vehicle registration, making the process less complex than it has been in the past. Though it is not as straightforward as it is in some other countries, the process is generally much easier to navigate.
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Process & Requirements | Afghanistan Vehicle Registration
The vast majority of vehicles in Afghanistan are registered through the Traffic Department offices in Kabul, though there are offices located in other cities. However, vehicles registered in other locations often have to be first cleared by the Kabul office, which means it’s an easier process if done directly through the main office. These are the primary documents you’ll need, as well as the steps to take to register a vehicle:
- Valid CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card)
- Vehicle registration application
- Proof of insurance
- Valid driver license
- Payment of taxes and duties
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Afghanistan is still transitioning toward an electronic registration system, which means that much of the processing is still done manually. As an outsider importing a car into the country, the process can take longer and have more hangups than expected because of some inefficiencies that are still being worked out.
Since their registration system is still in flux, it is highly recommended that you contact the U.S. Embassy For Afghanistan (see link below) to learn about the most up-to-date information and protocols for vehicle registration. They will be able to direct you toward the proper resources and information and, in general, can help clarify and speed up the process.
Resources For Registering A Vehicle In Afghanistan
US Embassy - A great place to look for general information about traveling and living in Afghanistan for U.S. citizens, the embassy website has information ranging from recent news to travel alerts to visa services.
Driver License Information - From the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Afghanistan, the information on this page will help you understand the process and requirements of getting a local driver license.