How do I change ownership of a motor vehicle in SA?

To change ownership of a motor vehicle in South Africa, you’ll typically follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the necessary documentation: Gather the required documents, including the vehicle’s original registration certificate, a completed Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle form (RLV), a valid roadworthy certificate, your South African ID or passport, and proof of address.
  2. Visit your nearest motor vehicle registration authority: Locate the nearest registering authority office or post office that offers motor vehicle registration services.
  3. Complete the change of ownership application: Fill out the RLV form, providing accurate information about the buyer and seller, as well as the vehicle details.
  4. Submit the application and required documents: Present the completed RLV form along with the required supporting documents to the registering authority. They will verify the information and process your application.
  5. Pay the necessary fees: Pay the applicable fees for the change of ownership. The registering authority will provide you with the specific amount to be paid.
  6. Receive the new registration certificate: Once the change of ownership is processed and approved, a new registration certificate will be issued with the updated ownership details.

It’s important to note that additional steps or documents may be required depending on the specific circumstances, such as if the vehicle is financed or if there are outstanding traffic fines. It’s recommended to contact your local registering authority or visit their website to get detailed information about the change of ownership process and any specific requirements.