How do I register a trailer?

Registering a trailer in South Africa involves following a specific process and submitting the necessary documentation to the relevant authorities. Here’s a breakdown of the steps typically involved:

1. Gather Required Documents:

  • Completed application form: Obtain the application form for registering a motor vehicle (RLV form) from your nearest registering authority, which is usually a branch of the provincial Department of Transport.
  • Proof of ownership: This can be the original invoice from the seller, a bill of sale, or a delivery order if the trailer is new.
  • Identity document (ID): Your original South African ID book or smart card is required.
  • Proof of residence: A recent utility bill (water, electricity, or rates) in your name, or an affidavit from someone you live with if the utility bill is not in your name.
  • National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) letter: This letter, also known as a Letter of Authority (LOA), confirms that the trailer complies with South African safety standards. You can obtain this from an NRCS-accredited testing station after a successful inspection.
  • Weightbridge certificate: A certified document from a weighbridge station showing the trailer’s unladen mass (weight without cargo).
  • Police clearance certificate (Request for Police Clearance – RPC): This document verifies that the trailer is not stolen or involved in any criminal activity. You can obtain it from a South African Police Service (SAPS) clearance office.
  • Payment of registration fees: The fees vary depending on the trailer type and weight. You can inquire about the specific fee at the registering authority.

2. Submit the documents:

  • Visit your nearest registering authority with all the required documents mentioned above.
  • Present the documents to the relevant official and follow their instructions for completing the registration process.
  • Pay the registration fees.

3. Receive registration certificate and license disc:

  • Upon successful registration, you will receive a registration certificate (RC) and a license disc for your trailer.
  • The license disc needs to be displayed on the trailer, and the RC should be kept in a safe place for future reference.

Additional Points:

  • New trailers: If you are registering a new trailer, you might need additional documents, such as a Manufacturer’s Certificate or a Microdot Certificate, depending on the specific circumstances. Consult the registering authority for any specific requirements.
  • Online application: Some provinces might offer the option to submit the application form and supporting documents electronically. Check with your local registering authority for any available online options.
  • Third-party assistance: If you find the process complicated or require assistance, consider contacting a registered motor vehicle licensing service or a qualified consultant who can guide you through the process for a fee.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and the specific requirements and procedures might vary slightly between different provinces in South Africa. It’s always recommended to contact your nearest registering authority for the most up-to-date and accurate information on registering a trailer in your specific location.