Article 3 Circular No. 15/2014/TT-BCA provides  vehicle registration authority (also known as the competent registry);

1. Department of Roadway – Railway Traffic Police shall register and issue the license plate for vehicles of Ministry of Public Security, and automobiles of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations and foreign nationals working for these ones; automobiles owned by agencies and organizations as stipulated at the Appendix No.01 of this Circular.    

2. Division of Traffic Police, Division of Roadway – Railway Traffic Police directly managed by the Department of Public Security throughout provinces and centrally-affiliated cities (hereinafter referred to as Traffic Police Division), shall register and issue the license plate for the following types of vehicle (exclusive of those owned by agencies, organizations and individuals as regulated at Clause 1 of this Article): 

a) Automobiles, tractors, trailers and semi-trailers; motorcycles built with a cylinder capacity of over 175 cm3 or those confiscated by competent authorities, and certain vehicles built with the similar specifications to the aforesaid, owned by domestic and foreign agencies, organizations and individuals, including purpose-built vehicles used in the business activities of the Military, all of which establish their head office or residence in the local areas where these vehicles are registered.   

b) Motorcycles, small motorcycles, electric vehicles and others built with the similar specification to the aforementioned, owned by foreign agencies, organizations and individuals, or used at projects, foreign joint-venture economic institutions at the local areas where these vehicles are registered, and those owned by organizations and individuals who establish their head offices and residence in districts, towns and provincial municipalities where Traffic Police Division is located.

3. The Police of a district, town and provincial municipality (hereinafter referred to as the Police of a district) shall be eligible to grant the registration and issue the license plate for motorcycles, small motorcycles, electric vehicles and others built with the similar specification to the aforementioned, owned by domestic agencies, organizations and individuals who establish their head offices and residence where their vehicles are registered (regardless of vehicles of agencies, organizations and individuals as stipulated at Clause 1 and 2 of this Article).  

4. Where applicable and due to the practical conditions at border districts, remote and isolated areas or other local areas facing with the material hardship, the Director of Department of Public Security in a province and centrally-affiliated city, after sending a report to and receiving a consent in writing from Director of General Department of Administrative Police for Social Order and Safety, shall be eligible to authorize the Traffic Police Division to register and grant the license plate in group to ensure convenience for those who have the demands for the vehicle registration

The registration of title transfer and vehicle relocation is provided Article 11, Article 12, Article 13 Circular No. 15/2014/TT-BCA:

The registration of vehicle title transfer within a province and centrally-affiliated city

1. Any organization or individual who is a receiver or transferee of the vehicle must show their legal documents as stipulated at Article 9 of this Circular and submit the followings:

a) A declaration of vehicle registration (the form 02 attached to this Circular).

b) A certificate of vehicle registration.

c) A documentation of vehicle ownership transfer as stipulated at Clause 1, Article 10 of this Circular.

d) A documentation of payment for vehicle registration tax as stipulated at Clause 2, Article 10 of this Circular.

2. In terms of the registration of vehicle title transfer, the previous license plate (except for 3-digit or 4-digit ones that are required to change into 5-digit license plate under statutory regulations) shall be kept unchanged, and the certificate of vehicle registration shall be issued to the new legal owner.

Title transfer and vehicle relocation in a different province, centrally-affiliated city

1. Any organization or individual who is a buyer, a receiver or a transferee of the vehicle shall complete their procedures at the competent registries specified in the certificate of vehicle registration. They do not need to take their vehicle there for inspection but must show the legal documents as stipulated at Article 9 of this Circular, as well as submit following documents:  

a) Two declarations of title transfer and vehicle relocation (the form 04 attached to this Circular).

b) A certificate of license plate and vehicle registration.

c) A documentation of vehicle ownership transfer as stipulated at Clause 1, Article 10 of this Circular.

Where the legal owner and his/her vehicle are completely transferred and relocated in other provinces and centrally-affiliated cities (hereinafter referred to as the province), a permit of his/her work transfer or his/her Family record book must be used as a substitute for the documentation of vehicle ownership transfer.

Vehicle registration from different provinces

1. The legal owner must show relevant documents as stipulated at Article 9 of this Circular as well as submit the followings:

a) A declaration of vehicle registration (the form 02 attached to this Circular).

b) A documentation of payment for vehicle registration tax as stipulated at Clause 2, Article 10 of this Circular.

c) A declaration of title transfer and vehicle relocation (the form 04 attached to this Circular) and an attached slip of title transfer and vehicle relocation together with a documentation of vehicle ownership transfer as stipulated at Clause 1, Article 10 of this Circular.

d) An original vehicle documentation in accordance with legal regulations.

Time limit for the issuance of license plate and vehicle registration

Article 4.Circular No. 15/2014/TT-BCA provides for:

1. The license plate shall be issued immediately after required documents have been fully submitted. 

2. The issuance and replacement of vehicle registration certificate; the issuance of title transfer and vehicle relocation; the issuance of the certificate of revoked license plate and vehicle registration, shall not exceed 2 working days as from the date of fully submitting legal documents.

Where the certificate of vehicle registration has been lost and needs to be reissued, the verification and completion of procedures shall not exceed 30 days as from the date of fully receiving legal documents.

3. The reissuance and replacement of the license plate immediately after legal documents have been entirely submitted; in case of waiting for license plate manufacturer, time for the reissuance and replacement of license plate shall not exceed 7 working days as from the date of fully receiving legal documents.

4. In case of the temporary registration, issuing the temporary certificate of license plate and vehicle registration shall be completed within a day.

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