How To Register A Car In Namibia

What is a Car?

A car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of cars say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four wheels, and mainly transport people rather than goods. Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and developed economies depend on them.

How To Register A Car In Namibia

What is Required for Registering a New Vehicle?

  • You will need the following forms:
    • Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (blue form)
    • Confirmation of Steering Mechanism
  • Certified copy of acceptable identification (Namibian ID, Namibian drivers license or a NaTIS traffic register certificate)
  • Original manufacture’s certificate 
  • Customs import duty documents with original customs stamp 
  • Relevant fees, depending on the weight of the vehicle

Simply take all required documents – make sure the forms are filled out correctly! – to your nearest NaTIS office and follow their instructions.

How to Register a Used Namibian Vehicle

Registering a used vehicle in Namibia is also often referred to as changing ownership, which is different to filing a Notification of Change of Ownership.

What is Required for Registering a Used Vehicle?

  • You will need the following forms:
    • Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (blue form)
  • Certified copy of acceptable identification (Namibian ID, Namibian drivers license or a NaTIS traffic register certificate)
  • Original vehicle registration certificate
  • Police Clearance Certificate (valid for 90 days)
  • Vehicle Roadworthy certificate (valid for 6 months) 
  • Relevant fees, depending on the weight of the vehicle

Simply take all required documents – make sure the form is filled out correctly! – to your closest NaTIS office and follow their instructions.

How to register an Imported Used Vehicle in Namibia

If you’ve purchase a second-hand or previously used vehicle from overseas or a neighbouring country of Namibia – like Botswana or South Africa – you will need slightly different documentation to register it in Namibia. Below are the requirements for registration of such a vehicle.

What is Required for Registering an Imported Vehicle?

  • Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle (blue form)
  • Certified copy of acceptable identification (Namibian ID, Namibian drivers license or a NaTIS Traffic register certificate)
  • Original vehicle registration certificate from the country of origin 
  • Clearance (valid for 90 days) from SARPCCO (Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation) or NamPol
  • Customs import duty documents with original date stamp
  • Weigh-bridge certificate
  • Vehicle roadworthy certificate
  • Relevant fees, depending on the weight of the vehicle

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How do I change ownership of a car in Namibia?

  • Obtain the registration certificate i.r.o the motor vehicle from the owner/seller.  
  • Obtain police clearance from the Namibian/SADC police regarding the motor vehicle. 
  • Put motor vehicle through roadworthiness at the vehicle testing station. 
  • Apply at registering authority to register and license motor vehicle on your name. Please note that after the seller gave notice of sale the buyer has 21 days to register the vehicle on his name. Failure to do so will result in penalties and arrears accumulating on his/her name.   

Can you buy a car without a license in Namibia?

A few requirements to buy a new car (with bank financing) is essentially that you must have bank account. You must have a valid Namibian Driver’s license. You need to have good credit (not on some sort of blacklist) and you need to be employed permanently (at least for the last six months).

Can a foreigner buy a car in Namibia?

A foreigner may have a Namibian registered vehicle in Namibia even if he does not live here. In answer to your questions : 1) Tax based on value of vehicle : In Namibia we have VAT @ 15% on the value of goods sold, but it has to be included in the selling price and is not a tax to be paid seperately by the buyer.

How do I export a car from South Africa to Namibia?

Contact Dti/ Customs for an import permit and payment of customs duties. Produce a deregistration certificate/ release document from the country of origin. Produce a bill of entry from the shipping line if from port area. Get the vehicle a roadworthy certificate for registration purposes.

How much is it to renew a car disc?

In the Western Cape it will cost you R465, and in KZN the aforementioned car will cost you R552 to license, per year.

What documents do you need to go to Namibia?

A valid passport is required to enter Namibia. Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.

How much does it cost to import a car to Namibia?

South Africa is one of the most expensive areas of the world to ship a car and Namibia is no exception. Most vehicles shipped to the area from the U.S. cost between $3,000 and $7,000 to transport.

How do I get a Namibian drivers license?

Certain restrictions apply to persons wishing to obtain one of these driving licenses. You will need to be at least 16 years old to acquire an A1 type permit.
Documents required to obtain your driving license:

  1. An ID.
  2. An Application Form.
  3. A visual test.
  4. A receipt of applicable fees.

At what age can you get your license in Namibia?

The Namibian Road Traffic and Transport Laws requires a learner driver to be 17 years of age before such a person can get a learners licence. This means that since you have a learners licence, you should have mastered the rules of the road and the more than 400 road signs.

How can I buy a car through Namibia bank?

What documents do I need to apply for Bank Financing:

  1. Proof of income – copy of your latest salary advice (payslip).
  2. Valid identity document or valid passport.
  3. Valid driver’s license.
  4. Marriage certificate + ANC contract where applicable, if divorced, copy of final order of divorce.
  5. Proof of residence.
  6. Quotation of the item to be financed.
  7. Signed income and expenditure statement. 
  8. Six months’ bank statements (only applicable if you do not apply at the bank where your account is held) – no internet statements accepted.
  9. Foreign customers – work contract + valid work visa.

How long does it take to get a visa for Namibia?

Visa processing takes three days.