Vehicle Transfers


Changing Ownership

REQUIREMENTS TO TRANSFER THE OWNERSHIP OF A MOTOR VEHICLE (OTHER THAN BY DEATH)

 
To change the ownership of a vehicle/motorcycle, persons are required to adhere to the following:
 
The owner of a vehicle must be at least seventeen years of age in order to successfully register, become an owner or transfer a motor vehicle.
 
The following documents are required:
 
Any two forms of ID: Identification card, valid passport, birth certificate or driver’s permit.

The following documents must also be submitted:
* A valid certificate of insurance in the new owner’s name
* In the event that a company wishes to carry out the transfer of a motor vehicle, the Director of the company should provide written authorisation for his or her representative of the company to act on their behalf to either purchase or sell the motor vehicle (s).
* When a motor vehicle is purchased from a company and the buyer has paid VAT at the time of purchase, the invoice / tax recipt must be validated by the VAT Office at the Inland Revenue Department. 
The vehicle must be brought onto the Licensing Office Compound to be examined.

In the event that the registered owner of a motor vehicle is ill or disabled and cannot come into the Licensing Office, a written request must be submitted to the Transport Commissioner along with supporting medical correspondence to verify the severity of the illness. Once approved, a fee of $100.00 should be paid for this service. Licensing Officers will then be assigned to visit the given address to verify identification cards and the vehicle, where possible. In the event that the owner of the motor vehicle is overseas, if the owner of the vehicle is a Notary Public, they must indicate to the Licensing Office that they do not have any objections to the transfer of the motor vehicle or motor cycle or to whom they wish to transfer the vehicle. 

The person appointed to conduct the transfer as highlighted in the Notary Public, should also provide a Sworn Affidavit to confirm the information.

The respective fees for the change in ownership/transfer of motor vehicles should be paid based on the age of the motor vehicle/ motorcycle.

The fees are determined by the first registered date in Trinidad and Tobago. These fees are derived from the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 48:50 section 19A*.

* The scale of fees for transferring a motor vehicle are found in the fifth schedule of the Act. This schedule was last amended in 2009.
 
Transfer Fee Ten dollars and Transfer Tax:-
Under 2 years      -                           $6,000.00
2 - 5 years            -                           $4,500.00
5 - 7 years            -                           $3,000.00
7 - 10 years          -                           $1,350.00
Over ten years      -                           $150.00

The V.A.T is payable by V.A.T registered companies.
For used motor cycles not exceeding 250 cc the transfer fee is:  $150.00
For used motor cycles exceeding 250 cc the transfer fee is:        $300.00
 

REQUIREMENTS TO TRANSFER A MOTOR VEHICLE (ON DEATH OF A REGISTERED OWNER)

The following documents are required:

The applicant must be at least seventeen (17) years of age, in order to successfully register or transfer a vehicle.

In case of the death of the registered owner of a motor vehicle, the legal heir or any other person into whose possession the vehicle shall lawfully come, for the purpose of transfer must apply in person to the Transport Commissioner who will advise on the appropriate steps to be taken in each case.

The required documents are as follows:
* Death Certificate
* Two forms of Identification: ID/Driver's Permit/Passport
* Original and copies of the Letter of Administration or Probate of Will 
* Certified Copy of Ownership (Not older than three (3) years)
* Insurance in the new owner's /applicant’s name
* Receipt for sale based on double transfer

Transfer of a vehicle upon the death of the registered owner of the vehicle under Doctrine of Survivorship
Death Certificate
Certified copy of ownership (Not older than 3 years )
Two (2) Forms of Identification
Insurance in the new owner's name
Statutory Declaration
*The vehicle to be transferred must be brought to the Licensing compound.
 
Transfer Fee Ten dollars and Transfer Tax:-
Under 2 years                          -                           $6,000.00
2 - 5 years                               -                           $4,500.00
5 - 7 years                               -                           $3,000.00
7 - 10 years                             -                           $1,350.00
Over ten years                         -                           $150.00

Or

The V.A.T is payable by V.A.T registered companies.
For used motor cycles not exceeding 250 cc the transfer fee is:      $150.00
For used motor cycles exceeding 250 cc the transfer fee id:            $300.00