Understanding The Process of Vehicle Registration In Singapore
Before we dive into the details of registering an imported car in Singapore, we should briefly touch on the limitations applied to vehicles brought in from another country. Any vehicle that is more than three years old (from the date of initial registration) is not allowed to be imported or registered in Singapore.
Vehicles imported into Singapore must also be right-hand drive, meaning the steering wheel is on the right, rather than the left side of the car. Clearly, this can be an issue if you’re shipping a car from most places in North America. If you are intent on shipping a left-hand drive vehicle, you will have to make the appropriate (and pricey) changes in order to get it registered locally.
If you happen to be importing a used vehicle, there is a hefty charge ($10,000 as of this writing) in addition to the ARF, or Additional Registration Fee.
Requirements For Singapore Vehicle Registration
The following documents are required to register a vehicle in Singapore:
- Proof of identification
- Registration application form
- Certificate of Entitlement (COE)*
- Proof of residency & identification
- Valid insurance
- Purchase invoice (if vehicle is new)
- Certificate of vehicle inspection
- Any customs or import paperwork
*The Certificate of Entitlement is a document required to register a vehicle in Singapore and must be bid on at auction. The system has been
implemented to restrict the number of vehicles on the road. You can learn more about the COE by clicking here.
For further information on the requirements for registering an imported vehicle in Singapore, see the resource at the bottom of this page titled “Land Transit Authority.”
If you’d like more information about the shipping process when it comes to importing a vehicle in Singapore, click here to visit our international shipping page! There you can learn more about the costs, limits, and procedures of shipping a car, truck, or motorcycle to Singapore.
Singapore Vehicle Inspection & Registration Resources
One of the main parts of the registration process is the roadworthiness or vehicle inspection. This section briefly outline what this inspection entails and concludes with some helpful resources that can help you round out what you learn about the topics covered on this page.
Vehicle Inspection Process
If you’re importing a vehicle to be registered in Singapore, you’ll have to get it inspected for mechanical and safety issues at an office of the Land Transit Authority. Emissions testing is a big part of the test so it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is compliant with Singapore vehicle emissions standards, which are the same as those used in the EU.
(*Important note: EU vehicle emission standards are slightly different from those in the U.S.).
Singapore Vehicle Registration Resources
Land Transit Authority - The Land Transit Authority is the governmental body of Singapore that you’ll need to register your vehicle with. On their website you can find further information about how to register a vehicle, as well as expected costs and driving tips.
Importing A Vehicle Into Singapore - A good resource that offers more information about registering a vehicle in Singapore. Some of it is the same information mentioned on this page, other parts go into more detail on topics such as the vehicle inspection, de-registration, and motorcycle registration.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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