Change of Ownership

Standard transfer (no change in registration plates)

Documents required for a standard transfer (no change in registration plates):

  1. Vehicle’s logbook, duly signed by the seller, buyer and a witness;
  2. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable);
  3. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer);
  4. If vehicle has a 3rd plate, a written declaration by buyer is required stating that he/she is purchasing the vehicle with the 3rd plate;
  5. If vehicle’s logbook series number starts with the letter ‘D’ a copy of the ID cards of the seller, buyer and witness is required;
  6. €10 payment (administrative fee).

Transfer with Personalised Plates (eg. ABC123)

Documents required for a change of ownership with ‘Personalised’ (eg. ABC 123) registration plates:

  1. Vehicle’s logbook, duly signed by the seller, buyer and a witness;
  2. Cancellation of hire purchase ( if applicable);
  3. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer);
  4. If vehicle has a 3rd plate, a written declaration by the buyer is required stating that he/she is purchasing the vehicle with 3rd plate;
  5. If vehicle’s logbook series number starts with the letter ‘D’ a copy of the ID cards of the seller, buyer and witness is required;
  6. For series ‘D’ logbooks only : A declaration is required by the seller that personalised plates are being either transferred or retained (VEH 06 filled and signed by the buyer to indicate which registration plates are to be issued upon transfer of vehicle);
  7. €10 payment (administrative fee);
  8. €70 for  random number plates (applicable if personalised plates are retained by the seller) or €200 for personalised plates;
  9. Difference in road licence would be applicable according to the relative personalised plates issued.

Transfer with Customised Plates (eg. ABC)

Documents required for a change of ownership with ‘Customised’ (eg. ABC) plates:

  1. Vehicle’s logbook, duly signed by the seller, buyer and a witness;
  2. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable);
  3. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer);
  4. If vehicle has a 3rd plate, a written declaration by buyer is required stating that he/she is purchasing the vehicle with a 3rd plate;
  5. If vehicle’s logbook series number starts with the letter ‘D’ a copy of the ID cards of the seller, buyer and witness is required;
  6. If customised plates are transferred with the vehicle, a declaration is required by the seller stating same;
  7. €466 are applicable if buyer is not an immediate family member of the seller;
  8. If seller would like to retain the customised plates, VEH 06 needs to be filled in by the buyer and he/she needs to pay either €70 for the (random) or €200 for the (personalised) number plates (if applicable);
  9. €10 payment (administrative fee);
  10. Difference in road licence would be applicable according to the relative personalised plates issued.

Transfer where Logbook is Lost

Documents required in case logbook is lost during transfer of a vehicle:

  1. Declaration form (in case logbook is lost. This should be signed by the seller) - VEH 39 in English or Maltese;
  2. VEH 50 Application form to transfer a vehicle (signed by the buyer, seller, and a witness)
  3. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable)
  4. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer)
  5. €8 declaration
  6. €10 administrative fee

Transfer by Inheritance.

Documents required in case of transfer by inheritance:

  1. VEH 10 Application form to transfer a vehicle by inheritance to be filled by the Notary and approved by the Legal Section of TM
    To be included with form VEH10:
    • List of heirs from a lawyer/notary (age to be stated);
    • No objection in writing form all heirs who are over 18 years of age (witnessed by a lawyer / notary);
    • Cancellation of hire purchase if the vehicle was bought on hire purchase terms;
    • A valid insurance certificate in the name of the applicant;
  2. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer);
  3. Vehicle’s Logbook;
  4. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable);
  5. €10 payment (administrative fee).

Transfer of a Company Car

Documents required in case of transfer of a company car:

  1. Vehicle’s logbook, duly signed by the seller, buyer and a witness;
  2. If vehicle’s logbook series number starts with the letter ‘D’ a copy of the ID card is required (seller, buyer and witness);
  3. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable);
  4. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer);
  5. No objection letter or Board Resolution from the Company Secretary or Board of Directors;
  6. €10 payment (administrative fee).

Transfer with Registration Tax Exemption Restriction

Documents required in case of transfer with ‘registration tax exemption restriction’:

  1. Vehicle’s logbook, duly signed by the seller, buyer and a witness;
  2. If vehicle’s logbook series number starts with the letter ‘D’ a copy of the ID card is required (seller, buyer and witness);
  3. Cancellation of hire purchase (if applicable);
  4. Insurance policy in the name of the new owner (date of commencement should be effective as of date of transfer;
  5. In case the vehicle is tax exempted:
  • Disability –
    • If vehicle is less than 10 years from first registration, registration tax has to be paid or else a new approval from MFIN is to be presented stating that the registration tax exemption can be transferred onto new owner
    • If the 10 years have passed since the first registration, the restriction will be lifted (hence no registration tax will be due)
  • Transfer of residence – a valuation of the vehicle is issued from TM Technical Unit, and registration tax is paid according to the valuation
  1. €10 payment (administrative fee)

Vehicle Transfer Infographic ENG

Vehicle Transfer Infographic MLT