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LTA road tax renewal: How to check and pay road tax in Singapore

Road tax is painful, but it’s all part and parcel of the government’s way of trying to keep car ownership in Singapore low and reducing congestion on our roads. Every registered vehicle here on the roads must have a valid road tax, and the amount you have to pay varies depending on your vehicle’s specifications.

Let’s understand the intricacies of road tax in Singapore further.

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Road tax prerequisites

Vehicle owners must renew their road tax every 6 or 12 months. And before you can renew your road tax, you must meet the renewal prerequisites at least 3 working days prior to doing so. Your vehicle must:

  • Be insured for the period of road tax you are paying – The vehicle insurance must cover third-party liability for deaths and bodily injury. It is a serious offence for a vehicle to be driven without insurance coverage.

  • Pass the required vehicle inspection, if it is due – If your vehicle is due for periodic inspection, you will receive an inspection notice about 3 months before your road tax expires. If you have misplaced your inspection notice, you can still get your vehicle inspected at LTA-Authorised Inspection Centres without it.

  • Clear any outstanding fines – If your vehicle has outstanding fines or warrants from LTA, HDB, URA and TP, it may prevent you from renewing your road tax.

For Weekend Cars/Off-Peak Cars/Revised Off-Peak Cars and Heavy Vehicles, there may also be additional prerequisites to meet.

To check if your vehicle meets all the prerequisites, click here.

Remember that when you buy a vehicle, you have to check with the seller if the road tax for your vehicle has already been paid for. And when you sell a vehicle, any remaining road tax on the vehicle will be transferred to the new owner.

How to check road tax status and expiry

If you can’t remember when your road tax expires, you can simply use LTA’s digital service to enquire about your road tax expiry date.

You can also check how much road tax you have to pay, including any surcharges, by entering your Vehicle Registration Number, or your vehicle’s engine capacity and age.

How to renew road tax in Singapore?

It’s super convenient to renew your road tax. There are 5 different ways to do so. You can pay online or via AXS services, SAM services, GIRO or at Authorised Road Tax Collection Centres.

Of these, the online method is the most convenient as you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Your payment can be made through a credit/debit card or an Internet Banking account with major banks in Singapore such as Citibank, DBS/POSB, OCBC/Plus!, Standard Chartered Bank or UOB (eNETS Debit). Do note however, that this service is only available from 6am to midnight, so try not to settle your bill too late!

Road tax late fines

Think your road tax is hefty enough? Well, save yourself the pain of having to pay additional late renewal fees by renewing your road tax on time, before it expires.

On top of late renewal fees, it is also an offence to keep or use a vehicle with an expired road tax. The penalty includes a fine of up to $2,000.

Check out how much late renewal fees you may be charged in the tables below:

Cars
Engine CapacityWithin 1 month of expiry dateBetween 1 and 2.5 monthsMore than 2.5 monthsMore than 3 months
≤1,000cc$10$60$80$230
1,001–1,600cc$20$70$90$240
1,601–2,000cc$30$80$100$250
2,001–3,000cc$40$90$110$260
≥3,001cc$50$100$120$270

Business service passenger vehicles (company cars)
Engine CapacityWithin 1 month of expiry dateBetween 1 and 2.5 monthsMore than 2.5 monthsMore than 3 months
N.A.$50$100$120$270

Motorcycles
Engine CapacityWithin 1 month of expiry dateBetween 1 and 2.5 monthsMore than 2.5 monthsMore than 6 months
<300cc$10$30$50$130
≥300cc$10$60$80$230

Other vehicle types
Engine CapacityWithin 1 month of expiry dateBetween 1 and 2.5 monthsMore than 2.5 monthsMore than 3 months
N.A.$50$100$120$270

How to reduce road tax?

Times are bad, and you may be looking at all ways to shave every little bit off your expenditure.

There are two main ways to reduce the road tax you have to pay. The first is by driving a low engine capacity car. The lower your engine capacity, the lower your road tax will be. For example, if you drive a car that is less than 10 years old and only 1,000cc, you will pay a road tax of $392 for the year. If you drive a car of a similar age but with an engine capacity of more than 3,001cc, your road tax jumps to a whopping $2,388.

Take note that if you choose to drive a car that is above 10 years old or vintage, that incurs a surcharge on top of your vehicle’s original road tax that makes it more expensive. The older your car, the higher the surcharge climbs, as seen in LTA’s table below:

Age of vehicleAnnual road tax surcharge
More than 10 years old10% of road tax
More than 11 years old20% of road tax
More than 12 years old30% of road tax
More than 13 years old40% of road tax
More than 14 years old50% of road tax

Second, if your car is nearing the end of its 10-year Certificate of Entitlement lifespan, you may avoid the surcharge on your road tax by selling it off and buying a new car with a lower engine capacity.

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