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Malaysia’s Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP). A quick guide
The Vehicle Entry Permit has been put on hold until further notice following difficulties with implementing it.
We will update you again as soon as the Malaysian government announces its plans to re-start the scheme.
In the meantime, below is a quick guide to the VEP and what you can expect when it comes to applying for it.
Why do we need a permit to enter Malaysia?
Malaysia announced in 2017 that all foreign-registered vehicles entering the country will need a VEP, meant to tackle car theft and cloning syndicates and prevent vehicles with outstanding fines from leaving the country.
How do I apply for a VEP?
All motorists entering Malaysia from Singapore will at some point next year need a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) or have completed the online application and be registered to collect the permit in Johor Bahru.
During collection your vehicle will be tagged with a VEP-RFID tag. The process can take two hours so make sure you schedule plenty of time.
Any vehicle caught without the VEP-RFID tag or VEP registration details, sent to you via email, will be fined a penalty of RM150 (approx. S$50).
The application process for a VEP can be quite lengthy and getting an appointment to have your tag fitted to your vehicle can be very difficult so you should get started in plenty of time.
You will also need to take with you a handful of documents including your motor insurance cover note, so do check out our handy checklist before setting off.
Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Malaysian VEP.
Step 1: Register online at the official VEP portal
You can only register for a VEP online at the official VEP portal.
You will need to create an account before you start the application process.
This account can be used to view any updates on the status of your application, as well as booking an appointment for the collection of or renewal of the VEP-RFID tag. Do remember your account details to avoid any hassle.
You will be asked to input your personal details, this should be the registered owner of the car, plus your vehicle information.
Tip: Avoid filling in the application form manually, by uploading a PDF file of your car registration. The PDF file can be downloaded from the official LTA website of OneMotoring.
Once your registration for the VEP is successful, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
Step 2: Download the Touch N' Go eWallet
Whilst waiting for your confirmation email, download and set up your Touch N' Go eWallet, which is available at both Apple and Google App stores. This Touch N' Go ewallet will be useful as it is linked to the VEP-RFID tag upon collection. In addition, the eWallet automatically pays your road charge.
Tip: Be careful when selecting the ID type in your eWallet. If you get it wrong this may cause your eWallet and VEP to be mismatched and could result in you not being able to obtain your VEP-RFID tag straight away.
If you do make a mistake you’ll need to create another account to change it.
For Singaporeans, you should choose NRIC as the ID type in the Touch N' Go eWallet. For Permanent Residents (PRs) or foreigners, you should choose Passport as the ID type.
Step 3: Make an appointment to collect the VEP-RFID tag
After receiving the confirmation email, you’ll have to make an appointment on the official VEP portal to tag your vehicle by booking a slot at four available locations in Johor Bahru.
These four locations are:
Tip: Padan R&R and Angsana Open Carpark C are located near Woodlands Checkpoint, while Gelang Patah Southbound R&R and Lima Kedai Toll Plaza are closer to Tuas Checkpoint.
After booking an appointment, you will receive an ‘Invite to Appointment’ email. This email will contain your VEP-RFID tag appointment slip that you’ll need to take along to the appointment to have your vehicle tagged with the VEP-RFID tag. You will also need to show this to get through customs at the checkpoint into Malaysia for collection of your VEP.
Step 4: Collecting the VEP-RFID tag
The collection point of your VEP-RFID tag is not located at an office or building, but rather container booths. Collect your queue number and wait for it to be called before you collect your vehicle for tagging.
Tip: As you will have to drive your vehicle over to tag it, ensure that it is parked in a spot that is easily accessible and not blocked by other cars.
You will need the following documents;
- VEP confirmation slip
- VEP-RFID tag appointment slip
- A photocopy of your passport and NRIC
- A copy of your latest insurance cover note – if you are a Budget Direct Insurance customer then please download and print a copy of your insurance cover by logging into your Policy Manager.
- The registration documents of your vehicle that were issued by the LTA.
Note, some locations like Gelang Patah Southbound R&R may hold on to your documents, while others will return them to you straight away.
The VEP-RFID tag costs RM10 (approx S$3.30) and is valid for five years. It will be checked by officials to see if it is functioning properly. While the tag is usually attached to the windshield, they may attach it to the headlamp for certain cars. Therefore, if you have any concerns regarding the placement of the tag, do not hesitate to raise it with them.
The appointment should not take longer than two hours.
Meanwhile, check out our other articles on what to do should you have an accident in Malaysia and how to claim against a foreign vehicle. Plus, find out if you have any Malaysian motoring offences sitting on your record that you may not even know about.
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