Car deregistration in Singapore involves the cancellation of your vehicle’s registration, rendering it ineligible for use or storage within the country. Following deregistration, you have three options: scrap the vehicle, temporarily store it in an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) while awaiting export, or export it from Singapore.
Rebates upon You Car Deregistration: COE & PARF Rebates
Upon successful vehicle deregistration and disposal through a Scrap Car Dealer in Singapore, you may qualify for a COE rebate, provided your COE was still valid at the time of deregistration. It’s essential that the engine and chassis numbers match those on record with the LTA. If you own a car or taxi, you might also be eligible for a PARF rebate, depending on your vehicle’s age, as long as it hasn’t been laid up previously.
There are three methods to deregister and dispose of your vehicle:
- Scrap it at an LTA-appointed scrapyard.
- Store it temporarily at an LTA-appointed EPZ while awaiting export.
- Export the vehicle out of the country.
Offenses Related to Singapore Vehicle Deregistration
Keeping a Deregistered Vehicle:
Holding onto a deregistered vehicle can lead to prosecution, with a maximum fine of $2,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months, or both. Repeated violations could result in a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both.
Driving or Using a Deregistered Vehicle:
Operating a deregistered vehicle is an offense. Offenders may face prosecution and a fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months, or both. When moving a deregistered vehicle, it must be towed or transported; driving it is not allowed.
Failure to Dispose of Your Vehicle:
Within one month of deregistering your vehicle, you must provide evidence of scrapping, exporting, or storing it in an EPZ. Failure to do so can result in prosecution, with a maximum fine of $2,000 or imprisonment for up to 3 months. Repeat violations may lead to a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Driving without Insurance:
Using a deregistered vehicle without motor insurance coverage is a serious offense. Offenders may be penalized with a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to 3 months, or both. Furthermore, they may face a mandatory driving license disqualification for at least 12 months.
Driving without Valid Road Tax:
Deregistered vehicles do not have valid road tax, and driving one is an offense. Offenders may be prosecuted and face a fine of up to $2,000. Allowing someone to drive a vehicle without valid road tax may also result in a fine of up to $2,000.
Deregistering a Vehicle or Scrapping Your Car in Singapore
Vehicle owners are responsible for deregistering their vehicles, ensuring proper disposal, and submitting vehicle disposal documents to the LTA within one month from the deregistration date. If you choose to seek assistance from a motor dealer for the disposal process, it’s advisable to engage a CaseTrust-SVTA accredited motor dealer for added assurance.
To retain your vehicle’s registration number, you must apply for it before or during the deregistration process at an LTA-appointed scrapyard, LTA-appointed EPZ, or LTA Customer Service Centre. You have up to one month after deregistration to keep the vehicle registration number.
Ensure that your vehicle is not under financing when deregistering it. If there is outstanding road tax or outstanding payments to LTA will be collected during the deregistration transaction.
After deregistration, the LTA will inform the last registered owner about the vehicle’s deregistered status, any PARF/COE rebates, and any outstanding road tax arrears and late renewal fees.