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Uganda - Apply for Transfer of Vehicle ownership in absence of previous owner

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Transferring absentee motor vehicle, also known as the transferring of a vehicle in absence of the previous owner through Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). The previous motor owner is the one who is in the vehicle logbook and it so happens that some people end up missing after selling cars with every fruit to trace them yielding no results sometimes as a result of death or even missing with no clue. In such a case, the Uganda laws authorizes the person who bought the vehicle lastly with all proofs to go on and transfer the motor car/cycle into his or her names but only after fulfilling certain procedures


  1. Go to the commissioner for oaths, and inquire about swearing an Affidavit and do as guided
  2. You should then get the sworn in duly embossed Affidavit before the commissioner for oaths and present it to the licencing authority
  3. The same should be accompanied by the copy of a Public Notice ran in the daily newspaper declaring their intension to transfer the motor vehicle and calling on the registered owner to declare their objection if any to the High court within 2 weeks
  4. You should as well take a court order instructing the licence officer to transfer the vehicle to your name
  5. As the applicant you should present yourself with their original identification documents to the licencing authority
  6. You should additionally take with you the original registration book with the transfer form (old form 3) that were issued by the original owner in case they are all available
  7. You should be willing to avail the vehicle to the licensing authority officer for inspection
  8. You should present a paid up assessment which they should have picked from the licensing office
  9. Having complete all the above the licensing officer will then process and issue a new registration book in the names of the current owner.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Identification documents
  • Old log book
  • Affidavit letter
  • a court order instructing the Licensing Officer to transfer the vehicle to their names
  • a copy of public notice ran in the daily newspapers declaring their intention to transfer the motor vehicle

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
Plot M193/M194,
Nakawa Industrial Area,
P.O. Box 7279,
Phone: +256 414744000, 0800117000 (toll free)
Email: [email protected]

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  • The available person who bought the vehicle lastly with all proof. It applies where the previous vehicle owner is absent.


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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time[edit]

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  • One has to go to the Commissioner for Oaths to obtain an affidavit. Then proceed to Uganda Revenue Authority with the required documents

Required Information[edit]

  • Full names
  • nationality
  • phone number
  • physical address
  • signature
  • Email
  • occupation
  • name
  • model of vehicle.

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Need for the Document[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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External Links[edit]

Uganda revenue authority
An affidavit.

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