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Vehicle Registration

A motor vehicle must be introduced by the Malawi Revenue Authority (Customs Clearance Certificate or CCC), cleared by Interpol (Police Clearance Certificate or PCC) and registered at the DRTSS by both the vehicle’s Title Holder and Owner before any transactions relating that vehicle can be done on MalTIS.

All vehicles must be registered within 14 days of the date of introduction (receiving the CCC) by the MRA or will be penalised for late registration. Registration is required in order to assist in positively identifying the Title Holder and Owner of the vehicle.

Remember that the Title Holder and Owner must be enroled on MalTIS before registering a vehicle. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS / BODY OF PERSONS

Remember the title holder and owner of the vehicle or their proxies must be present to provide biometric verification.

CHECKLIST FOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Positive identification of the vehicle’s:
    • Chassis number
    • Register number (VRN)
    • Engine number
  • Traffic Register Card/Certificate of the vehicle’s Title Holder
  • Traffic Register Card/Certificate of the vehicle’s Owner
  • Completed VEHICLE REGISTRATION form.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

  1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download the VEHICLE REGISTRATION form now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS OFFICE.
  3. Go to the Vehicle Application Office.
  4. Submit your application at the counter.
  5. If all is in order the vehicle will be registered to a title holder and owner and a standard vehicle registration number will be allocated. If you require a Special, Vanity, Out-of-Sequence or Next-in-Sequence Registration Number please click here: SPECIAL / VANITY REGISTRATION NUMBER APPLICATION.
  6. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the AMOUNT to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Go to the Document Issuing Office. The title holder will receive the vehicle registration certificate (Blue Book) and the owner will receive the authorisation to purchase registration plates.

Title Holder Conveyance / Change of ownership

When buying a vehicle the buyer must apply for title holder conveyance or change of ownership of a vehicle.

Note: You have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying for a vehicle’s title holder conveyance or change of ownership. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS / BODY OF PERSONS

before the Change of Ownership can be processed.

Note: Both the new Title Holder and new Owner (or proxy of either) must be present for biometric verification.

CHECKLIST FOR TITLE HOLDER CONVEYANCE AND/OR CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Traffic Register Card/Certificate of new title holder and owner
  • Vehicle registration certificate, of vehicle being sold
  • Both the title holder and owner (or proxy of either) must be present for biometric verification
  • Completed CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP APPLICATION form.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download the CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP APPLICATION form now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS OFFICE.
  3. Go to the Vehicle Application office.
  4. Submit your application form and supporting documents at the counter.
  5. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the AMOUNT to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Go to the Document Issuing Office to collect your registration certificate. Note: Only the new Title Holder may collect the vehicle registration certificate.

NOTE: For Public Service, Vanity, Out-of-Sequence and Next-in-Sequence Registration Numbers, click here: PUBLIC SERVICE/VANITY REGISTRATION NUMBERS

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Change of Vehicle Particulars

The Title Holder (or proxy of Title Holder) of a vehicle must register the changes made to vehicle such as usage, colour, seating capacity, engine, etc.

Note: You have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying for a vehicle’s title holder conveyance or change of ownership. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS / BODY OF PERSONS

Certificate of Fitness

Any vehicle operated on a public road must have a valid Certificate of Fitness (COF).

Note: You have to be enroled on MalTIS before applying for a COF. For instructions on how to enrol please click here: NATURAL PERSONS / BODY OF PERSONS

Note: Only the Owner of the vehicle or proxy of the owner may apply for a COF.

COF RENEWAL RULES:

  • The following types of vehicles renew every 6 months:
    • Motor vehicles conveying passengers for reward ie. Usage = Passengers for reward / Taxi / Hire Car, and
    • Motor vehicle of a driving school used for driving instruction purposes ie. Usage = Driving School.
  • All other vehicles renew every 12 months ie. Usage = Private / Goods.

CHECKLIST FOR COF. DO YOU HAVE?

  • Traffic Register Card/Certificate – of the owner.
  • Completed COF APPLICATION form.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR COF

  1. avoid filling in forms in the queue, download and print the COF APPLICATION form now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
  2. Visit your nearest DRTSS OFFICE.
  3. Go to the Vehicle Applications or COF Office.
  4. Submit your application form at the counter.
  5. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the AMOUNT to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  1. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Visit the COF Office where the vehicle examiner will perform the vehicle test.
  3. If the vehicle passes the inspection, you will be issued a deposit slip which indicates the amount to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
    1. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
  1. Once payment is made you may return to the DRTSS office or private Vehicle Inspection Station with the stamped deposit slip.
  2. Go to the Document Issuing Office to collect your vehicle COF.

NOTE – If the vehicle fails the inspection you may correct the issues and have your vehicle retested by following the same process.

About DRTSS

The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) is a regulatory arm under the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. DRTSS is responsible for the regulation of the road transport industry through traffic law enforcement, development of polices, standards and practices; and provide civic education on road safety to all road users in order to ensure well-coordinated, efficient, reliable, sustainable and safe national road transport system.

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Contact infoOur Location and Phone Numbers

The Director,

Directorate of Road Traffic & Safety Services,

  P/Bag 257 Lilongwe

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  Tel: +265 1 756 138 ,

Cell; +265 995008482,

Toll Free; 4040.