Transferring vehicle ownership is a common process in Ghana when a vehicle is sold or changes ownership for any reason.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is responsible for overseeing this process and ensuring that all necessary requirements are met.
In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of transferring ownership of a vehicle in Ghana, including the documents you need, the fees involved, and the necessary forms to be completed.
Section 1: Application Letter for Transfer of Ownership
The first step in transferring ownership of a vehicle is to obtain a signed application letter from the owner, also known as the vendor. This letter should clearly state the intention to transfer ownership and provide relevant details of the vehicle, such as the make, model, and registration number. The application letter acts as a formal request for the transfer of ownership.
Section 2: Photographs of the Former and New Owners
To complete the transfer of ownership, you will need two recent colored passport-size photographs of both the former owner (vendor) and the new owner (buyer). These photographs will be attached to the necessary forms and serve as identification during the process.
Section 3: ID Cards of Vendor and Buyer
Both the vendor and the buyer must provide their respective identification cards as part of the transfer process. The ID cards serve as proof of identity and are required to verify the authenticity of the individuals involved in the transfer.
Section 4: Presenting the Transfer Letter and Vehicle Inspection
Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, you will need to present the transfer letter to the DVLA. Along with the letter, you must also bring the vehicle to be transferred for inspection. The inspection ensures that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and helps prevent the transfer of ownership of vehicles that are not fit for use.
Section 5: Payment of Prescribed Fee
Upon successful inspection, you will be required to pay a prescribed fee for the transfer of ownership. The fee varies depending on the type and value of the vehicle. It is important to check the current fee structure on the DVLA website or contact the DVLA directly for the exact amount.
Section 6: Completing and Signing Forms (C & VRC)
After payment of the prescribed fee, you will need to acquire, complete, and sign the necessary forms for the transfer of ownership. The forms include the “Change of Ownership Form” (C Form) and the “Vehicle Registration Certificate Transfer Form” (VRC Form). These forms capture essential details about the vehicle and the individuals involved in the transfer. Make sure to carefully fill out all the required information and sign the forms before proceeding to the next step.
Section 7: Processing the Transfer
With the completed forms, photographs, and payment receipt, you can now submit all the required documents to the DVLA for processing. The DVLA will review the documents and verify the information provided. If everything is in order, the transfer of ownership will be processed, and the new owner’s details will be updated in the DVLA records.
Section 8: Roadworthiness Certificate
As part of the transfer process, you must obtain a roadworthiness certificate, regardless of the current validity status of the vehicle’s roadworthiness certificate. This ensures that the vehicle meets the required safety standards and is fit for use on the roads. You will need to present the vehicle for inspection to obtain the roadworthiness certificate.
Section 9: Additional Information
- It is advisable to contact the DVLA or visit their website to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the transfer of ownership process.
- The DVLA may require additional documents or information depending on the specific circumstances of the transfer. It is always best to confirm the requirements beforehand to avoid any delays or complications.
- The transfer of ownership process can take some time, so it is recommended to start the process well in advance of any intended sale or change of ownership.
Transferring ownership of a vehicle in Ghana involves several steps and requirements to ensure a smooth and legal transfer. By following the process outlined in this guide and providing all the necessary documents, you can successfully transfer ownership of your vehicle. Remember to check the DVLA website or contact the DVLA directly for any updates or specific requirements related to your situation.