First Vehicle Registration in Sri Lanka

Conditions and documents required for the first registration of a vehicle in Sri Lanka.
By admin / 07 Aug, 2020

·        For the registration of a motor vehicle in Sri Lanka, it should be a motor vehicle that has not been registered in this country earlier.

·        Left-hand drive vehicles are not registered in Sri Lanka.

·        As the information is given in the MTA – 2 application used in vehicle registration is computerized. MTA-2 application should be completed only in English.

·        The Documents that are required to be submitted for the registration of a motor vehicle can be handed over to the relevant registration branch at the Head Office of the Department of Motor Traffic situated at Narahenpita, Colombo 05 from 09.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on working days for the public sector.

·        Only motor bicycles are registered in DMT branch of District Secretariats.

·        Application forms are issued free of charge.

·        Application forms can be obtained from the applications counter at the Head Office or District Secretariats.


Documents required to be submitted

1.         MTA – 2 Application Form

2.         Two 2.0 x 2.5-inch photographs of the owner of the vehicle (The “Grama Niladhari” of the relevant area or the vehicle importer should certify on the reverse of the photograph)

3.         A photocopy of the national identity card, driving license or the valid passport of the owner of the vehicle.

4.         Custom entry (custom 53).

5.         Originals of receipts for customs duty payments (Assessment notice)

6.         In the case of a brand-new vehicle, the relevant invoice.

7.         In case of a reconditioned vehicle, foreign registration certificate (with the English translation)

8.         If the vehicle has been imported with an import permit, the relevant permit.

9.         For registration of absolute ownership, the relevant MTA-3.

10.      In case of registration with a mortgage, a copy of the mortgage deed.

11.      In case of a vehicle obtained at an auction held by the customs, three armed forces or courts, the letter obtained from the relevant authorities and the receipt.

12.      For vehicles that were shipped subsequent to 01.03.2007 and coming under H.S. codes 8702, 8703, 8704 and 8705, pre-export examination certificate.

13.      For brand new vehicles, a prototype of the relevant vehicle model or the relevant weight measuring certificate.

14.      In case of registration under the name of a business, a photocopy of the registration certificate of that business.

15.      Motor vehicle examiner’s report for motor vehicles.

16.      02 postcard size colour photographs depicting the front and the body of the relevant vehicle. (Chassis Number should be mentioned and the applicant should sign them.)

17.      In case of a motor bicycle, the packing list certified by a motor vehicle examiner.

18.      In case of an imported reconditioned motorcycle, in addition to the customs document, the engine and chassis numbers should be certified by a motor vehicle examiner.

19.      For a motor vehicle produced or assembled in this country, the letter by the Assistant Commissioner approving the chassis and engine number should be submitted.

20.      When imported on duty-free concession, the duty-free permits.


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