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Change of Vehicle Ownership of exempted vehicles

I’ve recently purchased an exempted vehicle and I want to get it transferred to my name. How do I do that?

Vehicles that are exempted can be transferred, but with extra costs if the vehicle is sold before the expiry date of the exemption.

CD Registration plate numbers

This registration is normally given to diplomats and missions of international organizations.

  1. If the vehicle happens to be sold before the 5 year period ends to any new owner without any diplomatic status, then the current owner is required to pay for the outstanding duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) for the remaining period BEFORE any transfer can be made. 
    • The change of ownership fee =7% x Purchase price + New Registration Book Fee (VT 2,500)
  2. If the vehicle happens to be transferred to another diplomat, the change of ownership fee shall be VT 5000.

1VE Registration numbers

This includes duty exemptions given to technical experts provided by Foreign States or International organizations for their personal use. These technical experts are for government departments.

  • Vehicles under this category are duty exempted for 5 years and if sold before the 5 year period is up, then the current owner has to pay for the remaining duty and VAT for the remaining period to TTC, before a transfer can be made.
    • Fee for the new owner = Change of ownership fee + New Registration book fee = (7% x Purchase Price) + VT 2, 500.

2VE Registration numbers

Vehicles under this category are donated for a development project in the Finance or Commercial sector.

Duty exempted for 5 years and if sold before the expiry date, then the same rule applies, where the current owner has to pay duty and VAT for the remaining period before a transfer can be made.

Fee for the new owner = Change of ownership fee + New Registration book fee = (7% x Purchase Price) + VT 2, 500.

3VE Registration numbers

This category consists of students; or expatriates importing vehicles in the country for personal use.

  • Duty exempted for 5 years and if sold before the expiry date, then the same rule applies, where the current owner has to pay duty and VAT for the remaining period before a transfer can be made.
    • Fee for the new owner = Change of ownership fee + New Registration book fee  = (7% x Purchase Price) + VT 2, 500.

4VE Registration numbers

Vehicles under this category can either be donated free of charge to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs); or imported on behalf of the Vanuatu Government for aid and disaster relief projects.

  • Duty exempted for 5 years and if sold before the expiry date, then the same rule applies, where the current owner has to pay duty and VAT for the remaining period before a transfer can be made.
    • Fee for the new owner = Change of ownership fee + New Registration book fee  = (7% x Purchase Price) + VT 2, 500.

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Who We Are?

Customs and Inland Revenue, is a large and diverse department with over 100 employees spread across Vanuatu. With Office locations in Port Vila and Luganville and the provincial centers at Lenakel, Lakatoro, Saratamata and Sola.

What We Do?

A government agency with a purpose, to protect the community from potential risks arising from international trade and travel, while facilitating the legitimate movement of people and goods across the border, and collect legislated government revenue.

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Address
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