RTSA

ROAD TRANSPORT AND SAFETY AGENCY

Republic of Zambia

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Registration is the process of recording of a vehicle onto the Motor Vehicle Register and the subsequent issuing of permanent registration number plates.

In Zambia, there are two types of registration processes

  1. A) Temporary registration for all second hand vehicles manufactured and imported from other countries.
  2. B) Permanent registration for permanent registration of all motor vehicles in Zambia

Temporary registration has an expiry of 14 days from the date of importation of a second hand vehicle. It is a requirement by law that a second hand vehicle must be permanently registered within the validity of the temporary registration.

 

General requirements for M/Vehicle registration

For all second hand vehicles with the exception of those bonded and those held under the motor vehicle dealership licence, permanent registration will only be effected by a registration officer upon submission of proof of having paid for temporary registration

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Temporary registration

The following documents will be required to temporary register a motor vehicle at the border entry point.

  • the ZRA Customs Clearance Certificate
  • Receipts and invoices including the bills of lading as proof of purchase of the motor vehicle landing
  • Personal identification documents of the person undertaking temporary registration
  • A fitness check list duly signed a RTSA officer signifying the vehicle is roadworthy to be on the Zambian roads.

The temporary registration can be extended at a charge of K76, 000.00 and if one fails to extend a penalty charge of K260, 000.00 is charged for each month that passes. 

 

Permanent registration

There are currently only three permanent centres in Zambia. These are Livingstone, Lusaka and Ndola. All second hand vehicles entering Zambia permanently must get permanent registration from any of the three nearest stations. In accordance with the road traffic act no. 11 of 2002, the following documents are a requirement to permanent motor vehicle registration:

  1. customs clearance certificate from ZRA at the border
  2. temporary registration papers from the RTSA issued at the border on entry by RTSA
  3. Interpol clearance certificate issued by Interpol at Police Service Head Q. Physical examination form duly signed by a RTSA officer to issue certificate of fitness.

COPIES OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION

  • Customs clearance form certificate
  • Bill of entry or manifest form
  • Bill of lading
  • Physical inspection
  • photocopy of identity
  • receipt of payment from ZRA
  • Invoice
  • Form ce           20           (customs             and        exercise               duty

Declaration)

 

REGISTRATION OF A NEW IMPORTED MOTOR VEHICLE

 

Requirements

 

  • Physical Inspection
  • Interpol Submission
  • Physical Inspection
  • Bill of Lading,
  • ZRA Clearance
  • Invoice,
  • Interpol Clearance