Duplicate motor vehicle registration certificate

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About a duplicate document for a motor vehicle\

You can apply for a duplicate motor vehicle document such as a registration or deregistration certificate, or some other document, if:

  • the chassis number or VIN has changed
  • the engine number has changed
  • you have lost or destroyed your motor vehicle document.

You must apply for a duplicate registration/deregistration certificate in person. And you must be the titleholder of the vehicle.

What you should do

  1. Go to your nearest registering authority. Take along:
    • Your identity document
    • Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit. 
    • If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your postal and residential address
  2. Complete the Application for duplicate registration/Deregistration certificate in respect of motor vehicle (DRC) form and the Declaration in respect of lost documents form (DCT).
  3. Complete the Notice of change of particulars (NCP) form.
  4. Pay the prescribed fee, and the registering authority will issue you with a duplicate document.

How long does it take

It may take up to seven days to process.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

  • Application for duplicate registration/Deregistration certificate in respect of motor vehicle (DRC)
  • Declaration in respect of lost documents (DCT).

Forms are obtainable at the registering authority.