That important yellow form: what you need to know about changing vehicle ownership

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Janine Van der Post

 • Buying or selling a vehicle is quite an achievement in these challenging times.  
 • Having the correct paperwork in place is vital for any transaction to take place.
 • Make sure you do your homework and have a written agreement in place. 
 • For more motoring stories, go to Wheels24.



No matter which vehicle licence centre you might go to, there are long queues -  much shorter than three to nine months ago - but still in place. 

Now, slowly but surely, things are returning to normal, and this is where the catch-up starts. The extended licencing grace period date reaches its end as we all try to do to get things done at the final hour. 

Being able to buy a vehicle is one of the most important stepping stones in any society, especially after the past year the world went through even more so when you're trying to sell your vehicle too.

So many Wheels24 readers have trouble with vehicle ownership when buying or selling a used vehicle, and usually, these problems are only realised long after money has been exchanged.

The correct paperwork must be in place so that a domino effect of problems doesn't occur, such as not taking out a vehicle licence.

Unfortunately, buying or selling a vehicle isn't just a simple handshake and exchange of money, and the deal is done.

Nothing is complete without the correct paperwork, and it's the very reason specific procedures were put in place. The first thing you need to know about is that infamous yellow form. An important point to remember when buying or selling a vehicle is the following: In terms of regulation 53, no person may buy, sell, or trade with an unregistered or unlicensed vehicle.  

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Many buyers request the seller to supply them with a valid Roadworthy Certificate; this is only valid for 60 days. If the buyer then registers the vehicle within the 60-day period, they will not need to take it for roadworthy again. If not, the buyer will be responsible for having the roadworthy done before receiving a valid licence disc for the vehicle.

Any buyer and seller need to know what to look for; what possible catches can make this vital step a nightmare. So it's good to ask, good to know what to expect, and always best not to be caught off guard. It also helps to draw up a letter of sale to be signed by both parties, indicating the 'Seller' and 'Buyer' details and the vehicle details. Also make sure to verify the other party's details

We've seen so many customers struggle to renew a vehicle's licence disc due to other unlicensed vehicles blocking the process. 

Even after you sell a vehicle, the seller remains responsible for the Licence fees and any fines obtained after the sale until registered in the buyers' name. This is why this little NCO form plays a big part in protecting buyers and, especially, sellers. The seller completes section A and C, and the buyer completes section B. 

Although it is the responsibility of the seller to hand in the completed NCO document, some buyers prefer to hand it in and register at the same time; we always suggest keeping a copy of the document to be handed in within 21 days after the vehicle was sold. This covers both parties.

Suppose the seller and buyer are from two different provinces, and the seller needs to hand in the NCO - in that case, it can only be handed in at the registering authority where the vehicle is currently registered. This, however, is different when the buyer hands in the NCO, only when handing in with the original Registration papers (RC1) and a completed RLV form, Application for Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle, copy of id and proof of address (FICA).

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