Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I process for Learners Driving License?
Procedure for obtaining a Learner License may require the applicant to:
a) be 17 years of age or more;
b) produce Citizenship Identity Card or other accepted identification documents for Bhutanese Nationals, and passport or other identification cards in case of foreigners;
c) bring along a latest passport-size photograph in national dress for Bhutanese;
d) produce a medical screening certificate duly signed by a Medical Personnel within the country;
e) FIll in the application form
f) Validity of a learner license: A learner license is a valid for one year after the date of issue or when a driver license which authorizes the person to drive such a motor vehicle is issued to the person whichever occurs first.
2. How do I process for Driving License?
A person applying for an Ordinary Driving License must:
- come in person
- Make an appointment for a test
- be 18 years of age or more at the time of applying for a license
- have held a Learner's license for at least six months
- produce a Certificate to have attended an refresher/Introductory course
- have undergone both theoretical and practical tests and achieved the minimum pass score set in the 'Evaluation Form for Driving Test'
- produce a copy of the latest passport-size photograph in national dress for Bhutanese
- produce Citizenship Identity card or other accepted identification documents for Bhutan nationals, and passport or other identification cards in case of foreigners and
- pay fee as prescribed in Schedule 1.
Application requirements for an ordinary driving license for those who have graduated out of a driving school or institute
"Driving Schools and Institutes" shall include Government and Corporate Training Institutes and other privately Licensed Driving Schools within the country. An applicant for ordinary driving license who has graduated from a driving school must:
- come in person for a practical driving test
- be 18 years of age or more at the time of applying for license
- hold a learner's license for at least three months
- produce a Certificate to have attended the Institute or School
- have undergone both theoretical and practical tests and achieved the minimum pass score set in the 'Evaluation Form for driving test'
- produce a copy of the latest passport size photograph
- produce Citizenship Identity Card or other accepted identification documents for Bhutanese Nationals, and passport or other identification cards in case of foreigners and
- pay fees as prescribed in Schedule 1.
3. How do I get Additional Drive Types of a driving License?
of driving license)
The Authority may require an applicant for renewal or variation as applicable to:
1) fill in an application form;
2) provide any additional information (including any evidence that the Authority may reasonably require as to those particulars);
3) undergo any test which the Authority may require for license variation;
4) provide one recent passport size photograph; and
5) pay fee as per Schedule1.
from requirement for a Bhutan driving license
The Authority may exempt a person from obtaining a driving license for a period of three months if the person:
4. How do I register my Vehicle?
What are the requirements for registering a motor vehicle?
1) Duly filled in registration application form
2) Original Invoice
3) ID Card copy (the applicant should be 18 years and above)
4) One passport size photograph (recent)
5) Original customs clearance (if purchased from authorized dealer outside Bhutan )
6) Import license /quota (in case of purchase from third country )
7) Tax clearance receipt in original
8) Green Tax receipt in original
9) Emission certificate ?Euro 03/Euro 04 compliant
10) Vehicle should be brought for physical inspection
Only new vehicles can be registered.Second Hand/used vehicles registered in other country cannot be registered in Bhutan.
5. How do I transfer ownership of a Vehicle?
Obligation on transfer
A person selling the vehicle must within 15 days of sale inform and request the Authority to transfer the ownership in the name of the person buying the vehicle.
Penalty: 2 units (Nu.100) per day after 15 days.
Transfer of Ownership
(1) An application for transfer of ownership of a vehicle must be accompanied by:
(a) A deed of sale which includes the sale price of the vehicle and the signature of the seller and buyer, signed across a legal stamp by both the parties and a witness from each party;
(b) The registration certificate for the vehicle;
(c) A clearance certificate from Central Registry, Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan or the financial institution stating that the loan on the vehicle has either been fully paid out or that the financier has no objection to the transfer of the loan along with the transfer of the vehicle ownership or have no loan against the given vehicle.
(d) Clearance from the Court, if the vehicle is subject to any legal dispute;
(e) The fee and charges for change of ownership, including the property transfer tax indicated in schedule-
(f) Seller should inform the authority in writing immediately upon sale of vehicle
(g) Photo copy of Citizen ID card of the buyer.
(h) Copy of the marriage certificate if the transfer is from Husband to Wife or vice-versa and from parents to offspring upon producing appropriate evidence (Family tree information from Census).
(i) Vehicle Ownership transfer within 5th year from the date of registration, particularly for third country import vehicles, registered in the name of diplomats/expatriates must produce tax clearance certificate from Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue and Customs).
(j) All vehicles that were exempt from Tax/Duties during initial purchase must produce tax clearance certificate at the time of transfer of ownership
(k) One (recent) PP size photograph of the buyer/new owner.
6. How is the Payment of transfer tax calculated?
(1) Responsibility for payment of property transfer tax shall lie with the seller, except in case:
(a) Of a vehicle purchased from the Government on allotment
(b) Vehicle sold by international and diplomatic agencies; or
(c) Of the seller exempt from the transfer tax, in which case, the buyer shall pay the transfer tax unless he can produce a certificate of exemption from the Ministry of Finance.
(2) If, in the opinion of the Authority, the sale value has been under stated in the sale deed, it is empowered to carry out revaluation of the vehicle using the formula under sub ? section (3).
(3) For the purpose of charging 5% (or as may be amended from time to time) vehicle ownership transfer tax, the Authority shall apply depreciation at the following rates on the initial purchase price (on production of original invoice/bill or similar records maintained by the Authority) or the current market value of a similar type, using the diminishing balance method:
(a) @ 10% per annum for first and second year;
(b) @ 15% per annum for third, fourth, fifth and sixth year; and
(a) a motor vehicle shall be valued at 10% of the initial purchase price (as indicated in the original invoice/bill or similar records maintained by the Authority) or the current purchase price (of a new vehicle) of the same or similar description, after the sixth year.
(4) Where a vehicle is seized and auctioned by the financial institution to recover its loan, the previous owner in whose name the loan is outstanding, will be subject to transfer tax on the actual amount received by the property owner after adjustment of the outstanding loan amount.
(5) In case of a vehicle sold as scrap, the owner is liable for transfer tax on the sale value of the scrap and must surrender the registration certificate to the Authority.
NOTE: Vehicles gifted as SOELRA/gift, bought from RGOB projects etc are also liable for 5% transfer tax.
Exemption from payment of property transfer tax.
(1) Payment of property transfer tax is exempt in case of the ownership being transferred:
(a) From parents to children
(b) From husband to wife or vice-versa
7. How and When is Road Worthiness Test(RWT)/Vehicle Fitness Test Conducted?
The Vehicle fitness test must be done before or on the date of expiry (which is the same with the Vehicle renewal date). Failing to renew on or before expiry date shall be imposed a penalty of Nu.50 per day. Vehicle fitness is considered to be one of most important work of the Transport Authority to insure that the car is safe to drive and is in good condition to run with out any problem for both self and other road users. RC Renewal and Motor Vehicle Fitness fee. Commercial Vehicles Like Taxi, Passenger busses, Heavy vehicle and Medium Vehicle shall have to conduct RWT in a six monthly basis.
8. How do I process for replacement of registration certificate in case of loss of RC?
1. The owner of the vehicle must write an application addressed to Traffic Police for replacement. Police shall then verify the case and forward it to RSTA.
2. RSTA shall then issue new RC after payment of NU.500/-.