How To Register An Imported Vehicle In Vietnam: Process & Procedure
One of the things you should be aware of before importing and registering a vehicle in Vietnam is that there are some restrictions and, in some cases, heavy taxes involved. Registering a used vehicle is not only a difficult process, but it is also an expensive one. If you are importing a used vehicle, you must be its original owner.
Before applying for registration, any vehicle imported into Vietnam must clear customs. You will have to present all the relevant paperwork that’s related to the shipment of the vehicle at this time: customs declaration, bill of lading, and payment of import duties. It should be noted that there is an additional tax on imported vehicles that can exceed 50% of its value.
After your vehicle has been imported and cleared customs, you need to apply for registration within three days. The vehicle will also have to pass a vehicle inspection test (see Roadworthiness Inspection below) to be legally driven in Vietnam.
The roadworthiness inspection is a basic test to ensure that the vehicle has all the necessary safety features in working order and that it meets local environmental standards. Additionally, the inspection also includes brakes, turning signals, and the steering column. Once the inspection is passed, you will receive a sticker to be placed on the windshield indicated the vehicle is roadworthy.
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Vietnam Vehicle Registration Documents & Helpful Resources
The information below covers the documents necessary for registering a car, truck, or motorcycle in Vietnam. We always recommend our readers check with the local embassies and organizations involved to make sure they are equipped with the most up to date information (see resources at the bottom of this page).
Vietnam Vehicle Registration Documents
You will need to following documents to complete the process of vehicle registration in Vietnam:
- Customs paperwork
- Bill of lading
- Passport & Visa
- Registration certificate
- Work permit
- Vehicle inspection certificate
- Declaration paperwork
- Insurance coverage
Payment for registration is due at the time of processing and typically falls in the range of 10% of the value of the vehicle. It is recommended that you have all the necessary documents notarized if you not a citizen of Vietnam.
Vietnam Vehicle & Driving Resources
Customs Office of Vietnam - The Vietnam Customs Office handles the import of vehicles into the country (website is in Vietnamese). They are one of the main bodies you’ll deal with during registering an imported vehicle and where you’ll pay the applicable duties.
Vietnamese Driver License - If you plan to drive in Vietnam over the long term, it’s important that you get a local license. This resource will help you understand the process, what’s involved, and how to go about it.
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