After going through the hassle of car shopping, the badgering of sales people and making your final decision, you may think that all your troubles are over as you acquire your dream car. If you believe so, you are mistaken, as the next step is to vehicle registration, which may be just as demanding as the purchase of the car. The car registration process varies from place to place and may sometimes land you in a mess if you are not well versed with the procedure. Don’t fret, we have got you covered. Here you can find all the information on vehicle registration in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KPK.
How Car Registration Pakistan Works?
The knowledge and existence of new factory vehicle is only limited to the company or the franchise selling it. It has no record whatsoever, in the national registry of motor vehicles. Driving an unregistered vehicle is against the law, because this car along other items can be used in criminal activities. Therefore, as a rule, just like your national identification number, a car must also possess a registration number to earn legal rights. A stolen vehicle cannot be reported, neither can it be sold in an authentic manner if it is not registered, as it is a proof of your ownership.
Any medium of transport is subject to Motor Vehicle Tax, which is levied upon registration along with its registration fee. Apart from that, the owner of a car is also obliged to pay the annual Motor Vehicle Tax.
Where Do I Register my Vehicle in Pakistan?
First and foremost, you have to get your vehicle registered from the Excise and Taxation Department within your city. This department is in charge of administering the right of vehicle ownership and governing the road tax collection process. Depending upon your province you can check the branches near you from the excise department website and also download the required application forms for vehicle registration. Furthermore, you may also seek details and ask queries at the information counter of Excise and Taxation Department in your district.
The next step requires you to get your legal documents ready and the following list entails all the papers you should provide.
- A copy of your National Identity Card (NIC)
- An Application letter to the Excise and Taxation Department requesting car registration
- A verification of your purchase which can be in any of these forms:
- Sales Receipt of the vehicle
- Sale Certificate (for local vehicle purchase)
- Bill of entry, bill of lading and registration book (in case of imported vehicle)
- Auction Voucher (in case of auctioned vehicle)
- Residential proof which can be any of the following documents
- Electricity or telephone bill
- Rent agreement
- Allotment letter
In case you are a non-resident you will be required to submit the residential confirmation of the person you reside with along with their CNIC and contact number.
Motor Vehicle Registration Fee
Once you have submitted your documents to the department, they will go through a verification process where they will be assayed by an inspector. When the documents are granted a clearance you will be asked by the inspector to pay the challan fee.
Now you might wonder how much would you be charged for this particular challan? There is no definite answer to it, as the vehicle registration fee varies location wise, and it also depends on certain factors such as the car’s worth, its size etc. The fee value can be estimated either with the help of the officials at the information counter or through the Excise and Taxation department’s website (this is Punjabs’ Excise Department page).
As soon as you receive confirmation notifying the acceptance of your documents you can acquire the computerized form ‘F’ from the Key Punch Operator (KPO). The procedure for fee payment is simple; you can deposit it in any of the specified branches of National Bank of Pakistan or State Bank of Pakistan
The fee calculation formula is as follows:
Registration fee + Advance Tax + Token Tax + Income Tax + Professional Tax
When you have met the expected requirements and successfully paid the fee, your vehicle shall be brought forth for a thorough physical examination by the inspector. Upon your fulfillment of all the conditions with adherence to the rules and regulations, the records will be submitted to the KPO on the assigned counter. He will give the registration voucher which would mention the date you can get your certificate of registration.
Things to know about Motor Vehicle Registration
- The registration process must be carried out in person.
- You will be asked to pay a late fee if car registration is delayed up to 60 days from the day of purchase.
- If you desire special number allocation, you will be charged an additional fee which can be checked from the website.
- Make sure you give the same address on all the documents including the affidavit, as the original documents will be returned to the mentioned address via courier or postal services.
- The Income tax and Token tax rates will be applicable for the entire year commencing from 1st July to 30th Depending on the date of registry, the applicant will pay taxes for the remaining months.
Online Vehicle Verification or Car Registration Check
As of recently, the Government of Pakistan has facilitated the online vehicle verification in three provinces namely Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Therefore, you can now check the owner’s name of a vehicle, its make, model etc, by entering the car’s registration number. Please note online vehicle registration is not available in Pakistan.
We just walked you through vehicle registration in Pakistan. We re-assert that, possession of an unregistered vehicle is a legal offense in Pakistan, it can not only deprive you from your property, but also entitles the authorities to file a lawsuit against you. It also invalidates your right to claim a vehicle or get support from police force, in case your car is damaged by someone or stolen. We hope this article serves you the information you were looking for. Keep in touch for more articles on motor registration.