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Handling procedures:

  • the vehicle owner's domicile vehicle management to apply for registration.
  • all motor vehicles to motor vehicle safety inspection agency for motor vehicle safety and technical inspection, made an application for registration after passing motor vehicle safety inspection certificate. However, imports by the Customs and the State Council department in charge of motor vehicle products, except motor vehicles identified safety and technical inspection of motor vehicles exempted.
  • Safety and technical inspection of motor vehicles exempted from any of the following circumstances, shall conduct safety inspection:
    • does not apply for the factory-made vehicle registration within two years;
    • the import of motor vehicles by the customs import not apply within two years after registration;
    • the application for registration of traffic accidents occurred prior to registration.
  • more than the application materials submitted by the vehicle owner
  • vehicle management confirmed the vehicle, check the vehicle identification number rubbing film proved to review submitted documents issued by motor vehicle registration certificate, plate, driving permit and inspection mark.
  • vehicle management and handling trailer semitrailer tractor semitrailer when registration shall be issued on the tractor and trailer were motor vehicle registration certificate, plate and driving license.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Identity (a) motor vehicle owner to prove;
  • Proof of purchase invoices and other motor vehicles origin;
  • The vehicle or vehicle factory compliance certification of imported motor vehicles imported certificate;
  • The vehicle purchase tax payment or exemption certificate;
  • Compulsory traffic accident liability insurance certificate;
  • Other proof (six) laws and administrative regulations should be submitted at the time of vehicle registration, and proof. Does not belong to the customs import motor vehicle products and motor vehicles exempted from the State Council department in charge of safety and technical inspection of motor vehicles shall also submit a qualified motor vehicle safety inspection certificate.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority
Address: 100 Dagu Rd (Office hour: 9am to 11:30am and 1:30 to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
Telephone: 23111111



One of the following situations shall not apply for registration:

  • submit proof of all motor vehicles, certificate invalid;
  • a motor vehicle or motor vehicle has been altered to prove the origin of the origin of the motor vehicle owner with proof of documented proof of identity is inconsistent;
  • Proof (c) submit all motor vehicles, motor vehicle certificate inconsistent;
  • a motor vehicle without the permission of the State Council department in charge of motor vehicle products manufactured or imported without permission from the competent authorities of the country of imported motor vehicles;
  • For technical data (five) and vehicle data of the State Council department in charge of the motor vehicle product announcements inconsistent;
  • Model (six) motor vehicles, engine number, vehicle identification number, or related technical data does not meet the technical standards of national security;
    • the vehicle reaches the mandatory retirement of state standards;
    • the vehicle is the People's Court, People's Procuratorate, the administrative law enforcement agencies seized or detained;
    • the robbery of a motor vehicle belonging;
  • other circumstances do not meet the laws and administrative regulations


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links


Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Within 2 days from the date of receiving the application

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 



Vehicle Registration is handled in accordance with:

  • "the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety Law" (People's Republic of China Presidential Decree No. 8)
  • the "People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety Law Implementing Regulations" (State Council Decree No. 405)
  • "motor vehicle registration requirements" (Ministry of Public Order No. 102)

Required Information[edit]

  • Name
  • Type of Identification
  • Identification Number
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Official language of preference on licence
  • Email address
  • Telephone/contact number
  • Facsimile number
  • Mailing address
  • Residence address


Need for the Document[edit]

The People's Republic of China issues vehicles license plates at its Vehicle Management Offices, under the administration of the Ministry of Public Security.

Information which might help[edit]

Handling units:

The main office location municipality vehicle owner or temporary household or unit, city divided into districts, or the equivalent of the same level of public security traffic management department of vehicle management or authorized the county public security traffic management department of vehicle management the

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Administrative matters: Vehicle Registration

Ministry of Public Security (MPS)


More information which might help people.