Registering a motor vehicle in Zimbabwe (original registration)

Before a motor vehicle can be used on the Zimbabwean roads, there are 3 important documents it should have, and these are

  • Vehicle Registration Book
  • Road Licence
  • Third party insurance

These are the documents I will be explaining on how to obtain them in Zimbabwe for a vehicle to be registered in Zimbabwe for the first time that is original registration in Zimbabwe.

1. Go to your nearest Vehicle Inspection Depot (VID)

At the VID you get what’s called a vehicle particulars verification and your vehicle weight. So after you explain your story they will tell you to pay for

  • Particulars verification – $20
  • Use of weigh bridge – $20

When this is done you will get one form like the one below stating your vehicle make, model, engine capacity, color, net mass, etc. This is a one-day process and can be completed in way less than an hour depending with the service delivery of your nearest depot.


2. Go for vehicle police clearance. You can ask at your nearest police station where this the office are located.

At the vehicle police clearance offices they will ask for

  • Customs Clearance Certificate (CCC) – the form you get from ZIMRA at the port of entry after paying for your duty
  • Particulars verification from the VID
  • Owner’s Identification
  • Sometimes the vehicle insurance
  • Sometimes the purchase invoice/receipt

Depending with your location the process takes 0-14days. In Beitbridge it’s a same day process, Harare same day processm Gweru 7-14 days process. When everything has been successful you will get a police clearance.

3. Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA)

You then proceed to ZIMRA for actual vehicle registration. They will ask for

  • Customs Clearance Certificate
  • Owner’s Identification
  • Owner (If owner is not available then there should be an affidavit from the owner allowing the registering person to register the vehicle on his/her behalf)
  • Particulars verification from the VID
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Police Clearance
  • 2 copies for each of the above items
  • $160. Make sure they authorise you to pay first before paying to avoid inconveniences
  • Here you will get your vehicle registration book and your number plates.

4. Buy third party Insurance

When you have a vehicle registration book, you have to buy third party insurance for the registered vehicle now. They will ask for your vehicle registration book and the price depends on the insurance agent but it stands on an average of $30 for light vehicles.


5. Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA)

You then proceed to ZINARA for your vehicle road license. They will give you a form to fill with your details and your vehicle details. You then produce your

  • Vehicle registration book
  • Proof of Insurance payment
  • Filled form
  • Around $20 depending with your vehicle size. Note that the $20 is valid for a term (4 months).
  • You can also opt to pay for radio license ($10) or not, but its good to pay it just to save your time from the Zimbabwean police on roadblocks.

When that is done they will print for you you licence and insurance disc(s) which you should display on your windscreen at all times.

Please note

  • Roughly you need $250 to register, licence and insure a motor vehicle.
  • You do not need to travel with your vehicle registration book at all times in your car.


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