Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

A motor vehicle, also known as motorized vehicle or automotive vehicle, is a self-propelled land vehicle, commonly wheeled, that does not operate on rails and is used for the transportation of people or cargo.

Uganda requires its residents to register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates. Uganda Government vehicles are written with red paint on a yellow/orange or white background. They all start with UG, followed by a number number finally a letter code to identify the ministry, department, or agency.

Motor vehicle registration is the registration of a motor vehicle with a government authority, either compulsory or otherwise. The purpose of motor vehicle registration is to establish a link between a vehicle and an owner or user of the vehicle. This link might be used for taxation or crime detection purposes.

Procedure Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Stages involved in registering a government Vehicle in Uganda are not far different from importing a new private vehicle, the only difference is in the payment of government tax,in that the government vehicle is not required to pay government taxes whereas the private new vehicle pays for taxes.

Stage 1: Registration forms to be completed
Upon satisfaction with the documents,the registration officer issues registration forms to be completed by applicant from the government which includes –

Allocation of Registration Number of New Vehicle Form/Blue

Auto vehicle License Form

Form B

Federal Road Safety Form,

Tax Form

stage 2: Police Confirmation and Endorsement.
After the completion of the Forms listed above, the registration officer will forward them to the Police Officer attached to the Licensing office to append his/her signature on the Allocation form after verifying and satisfied with the documents along with the vehicle brought for registration. This is to ensure that the vehicle under registration satisfies all the existing laws binding motor vehicle registration and that the vehicle to be registered is risk free not a stolen vehicle.

Stage 3: Issuance of Number Plate
Upon receipt of the police endorsed document, the registration officer then process for payment based on the type and capacity of vehicle;

Stage 4: Collection of issued Number Plate
The following are the steps required to obtain a new Number plate.

Applicants desired number is sent for VERIFICATION.

Documents submitted for registration of vehicle are confirmed with the above stated requirements.

Filling of special number request form by applicant after which payments are made to appropriate banks.

Applicant returns duly completed form and proof of payments

Produced special plates are documented and handed to the owner alongside other documents.

The issued number plate will then be handed over to the applicant,The number plate for government vehicles differs from the private vehicles

Required Documents For Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Attestation letter from the company of purchase

Receipt of Purchase/Invoice

Delivery note from the company of purchase

Passport photograph of the vehicle owner

Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate (Custom Card) to be submitted later for clearing.

Documents needed for registration of a government imported used Vehicle In Uganda

Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate (Custom Card)

Payment Schedule

Certificate of Entry (attached to Custom Card)

Bill of Lading containing the Chassis Number

Engine Number (to be copied out from the engine of the vehicle)

Receipt of Purchase

Terminal Delivery Order.

Vehicle Releasing Invoice.

Form in duplicate (One with EXCHANGE & 5 inscription and the second with Other & 7 inscription

Passport photograph of the vehicle owner.

Process For Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Step 1: Prepare the required documents.

Step 2: Go to an LTO office that processes new vehicle registration.

Step 3: Have your car inspected by an LTO officer.

Step 4: Pay for the Car Registration Fees.

Step 5: Don’t forget to get your Certificate of Registration and other documents.

Required Information For Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Full name of person to be registered as Registered owner

Date of Birth


Permanent Address

Temporary Address / Official Address

Duration of stay at the present address

Annual income

Name and address of the Dealer or Manufacturer from whom the vehicle was purchased

Particulars of Vehicle

Class of vehicle

The motor vehicle is

A new vehicle

Ex-army vehicle

Imported vehicle

Type of body

Type of vehicle

Maker’s Name

Month and Year of manufacture

Number of cylinders

Horse power

Cubic capacity

Maker’s classification if not known, wheel base

Chassis No. (Affix Pencil print)

Engine Number or Motor Number in case of Battery Operated Vehicles.

Seating capacity (including driver)

Fuel used in the engine

Cost For Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Sedan cars, saloon cars, estate cars but excluding dual purpose (goods and passenger) vehicles.1,218,000
​Estate and station wagon vehicles with engine capacity of 3500 c.c or more​1,718,000

URA Uganda Requirements For Re-registration Of Motor Vehicles

Therefore, for any of the above you are interested to perform your motor vehicle re-registration in Uganda through URA, the following below requirements must be fulfilled or provided and they included,

Application forms generated from the TIN Number and duly signed for individuals and stamped in case of companies or organizations.

Motor vehicle original registration logbook.

Motor vehicle original registration number plates.

Photocopy of original identification of the applicant eg National ID, Driving Permit.

Vehicle Inspection/verification report.

Certificate of incorporation and a covering letter in case of non-individual.

TCC or proof of Advance Tax payment in case of PSV/commercial vehicle.

Please note that all of the above must be provided at the time of submitting your re-registration application at any of the URA branch offices as chosen during application generation.

Office Locations & Contacts For Motor Vehicle Registration In Uganda

Uganda Revenue Authority Headquarters

Plot M193/M194, Nakawa Industrial Area,

P.O. Box 7279, Kampala, Uganda.

Phone: +256 414744000, 0800117000 (toll free)


Website: Uganda Revenue Authority

Other offices: Kampala South located at Old Kampala Mosque,

Kampala North located in Bwaise (Mulago Kalerwe Round about).

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)

Crested Towers (Tall Tower)

Tel: 041-7443000, 041-7443134

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)

Nakawa (HQRS)

Tel: 041-7440000, 041-7442042