It has been recently announced that as of 16 April, a new fee structure will be imposed with regards to private vehicle registration, vehicle ownership transfer and drivers’ license applications for all foreigners living in Malaysia. This applies to all motor vehicles including Class B1 (not exceeding 500cc) and B2 (not exceeding 250cc) motorcycles and Class D vehicles (cars with unloaded weight not exceeding 3,500kg).
What does this mean in dollars and cents?
For vehicles other than motorbikes with engines below 1,500cc, the new registration fee will be RM350 up from RM150 in peninsular Malaysia, while vehicles with an engine capacity of 1,501cc to 3,000cc will be RM600 up from RM300. If you’re planning to buy a car above 3,000cc (these are your high-performance vehicles like BMWs, Audis, Jaguars, Mercedes, Bentleys), expect to pay RM900 for registration.
In terms of motor vehicle ownership transfer, motorbikes will now cost RM20 across the board and for cars it will be RM200 in peninsular Malaysia and RM120 for East Malaysia. Before this announcement was made, driving license renewal was a standard rate of RM30 for everyone. Malaysians will continue to pay this amount while foreigners will now pay RM60 per year which equates to RM300 for five years.
Look on the bright side – our neighbour to the south charges S$1,000 (about RM2,900) for new vehicle registration, which is more expensive than most EU countries!