Documents Needed for Buying a car in Pakistan

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Pak Wheelers, we are fully aware that a majority of you guys are knowledgeable of the “buying documents” that are required for a car purchase in Pakistan. However, our guide is mainly focused on the major needed papers, and also to tip-off those who are not so well aware of the fine points. Pakistan Excise & Taxation department does provide info for the car ownership, but while we were studying it, we found things too hard to understand. Hence, here is your guide to buying, BUT with necessary documents.

What You Need & How?



The major factor, of course, is having the means and money. There will be no need to know anything unless you are on a full-buying mode. First things come first, decide what model and car type you want to buy. Study the ups-and-downs of the market. Check availability of spare parts, service stations, and insurance, along with the year, type and make of the car.

 Factors Affecting On-Road Cost  



In Pakistan, the on-road cost is the over-all charge you have to pay to make your car legal for road use. This is a combination of capital price, the charge of registration and insurance in general. Each province has its own policies in terms of a vehicle registration, but the fundamental thumb of rule is a car’s engine displacement and its subsequent token class, which is paired up with varying charges for registration. The registration costs mainly comprise of:

  • Multifarious of Motor Vehicle Registration Fee
  • Motor Vehicle Tax
  • Withholding Tax

The guys interested in imported vehicle options do suffer an extra arm-and-leg based on the luxury tax imposed by the provinces.

Can We Leave Anything OUT?



If you thought you are done with Excise & Taxation, then you are wrong. As they come-in at first. The majority of the application documents are downloaded from their website. As soon as your data starts to pile-up in front of you, things start taking shape. The fee structure and other details vary from this department’s recent updates and you can also get those from the information desk in the premises of their office.

Forms Are Huge Dynamics



Our government knows how to impose tax and fee when it comes to what people want. Did you really think otherwise? Well for starters this is where the form aspect of your vehicle comes into action. This is logically determinant of your car’s engine displacement. It also will have a noteworthy impact on your car’s overall on-road price tag. With being a nonfiler, you need to pay only ten thousand rupees instead of withholding tax if your car’s engine is of 850cc only. Whereas for cars with engines larger than 3000cc, a withholding tax worth in six figures is applied by various provinces.

Looking For Saving Aspects?



Here, you can choose a car with a smaller engine amid other challenging contributions. This will easily help you in saving some accountable taxes and periodic registration expenses like tokens, etc. You can similarly opt for insurance for your peace of mind while buying a car. Pool-in the registration and insurance charges with the car’s price of the acquisition, and you have your total on-road price in front of you. Thus, things start to shape-up with documents and expected charges. Now, let’s focus on what may count after your idea of purchase is done.

Main Documents For The Application



While you are at it, let’s just see exactly what may count for the application along with necessary information for the first-time buyers. You will need:

  • Photocopy of your CNIC, or of the applicant.
  • Application to the Excise & Taxation Officer for the new vehicle registration.

Verification Documents



Now the verification of purchase is of three types and can be either of the subsequent choices.

Locally mass-produced vehicle

For this, you need to have the Sale Invoice, Sale Certificate, and related documents.

Imported vehicle Requirements

For all of the imported vehicles, you will need the Bill of Entry, Bill of Lading, old registration book and associated documents.

Auctioned vehicle

Usually, the major requirement is the auction voucher and interrelated documents and bills.

Residential Proof & Details



The other major set of documents that you need at-hand is the proof of your, or applicants residence. These can be one or the other of the following list:

  • Utility Bills (i.e., electricity, phone, gas, water etc.)
  • CNIC
  • Lease Agreement
  • Registry
  • Allotment letter
  • Office card for private employee
  • Appointment letter for a Government servant

Step-by-Step Procedure


We have tried our best in easing the registration process of a new automobile, but other aspects also count-in for completing the process. Initially, you complete your documents as mentioned in the above subdivision. With those completed, you visit the designated Excise Inspector along with your car. Remember, that you have to bring-in physical inspection documents as well as the verification ones too. Next, this is what will happen if your particulars are correct:

  • Inspector will file his statement on Form ‘F’ and sign the submission.
  • Visit your designated Data Entry Operator (DEO). If the documents establish perfect in all features than the DEO will further course the process, or else, he will inform you about the uncertainties in the papers.
  • A computerized form “F” is issued by the DEO, which you will need to sign for the verification of specifics.
  • You will pay the due fee amount on the same booth to the DEO.
  • DEO will take the car document file and release the vehicle registration acceptance
  • You will pay in cash for the Number plates fee to the DEO.



The wrap-up is complete, the fee and tax are always depending on the current call from the government. Though, you can easily total them up as:

  • Registration fee
  • Advance Tax
  • Token Tax
  • Income Tax

Below is just a list of various charge and advance income tax details on new vehicles for your records.


S No.
Vehicle Category Engine Capacity
Value of vehicle
Private / Government 999 cc and Below
01 %
Private / Government From 1000 cc to 1999 cc
02 %
Private / Government 2000 cc and Above
04 %
Commercial 999 cc and Below
01 %
Commercial 1000 cc and Above
02 %

S No.
Engine Capacity
Filer (In Rs.)
Non-Filer (In Rs.)
Upto 850 cc
From 851 cc to 1000 cc
From 1001 cc to 1300 cc
From 1301 cc to 1600 cc
From 1601 cc to 1800 cc
From 1801 cc to 2000 cc
From 2001 cc to 2500 cc
From 2501 cc to 3000 cc
Above 3001 cc

However, professional tax for the commercial vehicle is accounted differently. You may get late fee charges if things aren’t done as soon as you buy your vehicle. So be careful to get all your documents ready and set to get your wheels on drive easily!

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