Why do transport business vehicles have to change yellow number plates before 2022 in Vietnam?

Before December 31, 2021, why must a vehicle operating in the auto transport business change its yellow number plate in Vietnam? What are regulations on the replacement of the current number plate to the new one according to Circular 58/2020/TT-BCA ? This article will help clarify the above issue.

Why do transport business vehicles have to change yellow number plates before 2022 in Vietnam? (Illustration)

Pursuant to Article 25, Article 26 of Vietnam's Circular 58/2020/TT-BCA:

  • The license plate has the white background, black letters and numbers, and a series of 20 successive letters, such as: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, L, M, N, P, S, T, U, V, X, Y, Z issued to vehicles used in transport business;
  • Vehicles operating in transport business before the effective date of this Circular shall change to license plates with yellow background, black letters and numbers before December 31, 2021.

Auto transport business activities are explained in Vietnam's Decree 10/2020/ND-CP as follows: “auto transport business” includes one or more than one main transport activity (coordinating, driving or transport cost pricing) carried out to transport passengers or goods on the road for profit.

Thus, there will be about 1.6 - 1.7 million transport business cars including trucks, technology vehicles, taxis, passenger cars, etc. must switch to yellow number plates.

1. Why do vehicles operating in the transportation business have to change their yellow number plates in Vietnam? 

Answering the questions of technology car drivers when they think that the mandatory regulation of changing yellow number plates is very expensive and time-consuming, Lieutenant Colonel Pham Viet Cong, Head of Vehicle Registration Department, Traffic Police Department, will indicate the identification of license plate colors for transporting business vehicles to facilitate and solve problems in the management of business vehicle operations. In Vietnam today, some streets ban taxis, but technology taxis still come in, making it difficult to manage. The regulation of separate license plate color for transporting business vehicles means functional forces will be easily detected; this is convenient for traffic management and organization. Besides, for a long time, cars have been doing business in the style of "illegal passenger transport" to evade taxes and fees, causing disorder in urban traffic and unfair competition with genuine transport businesses. Therefore, the change of number plate color is necessary to restore the order of transport activities and create an equal, competitive environment; along with that, the state will collect the full tax.

Moreover, the procedure to change the yellow number plate is very simple and the cost is only 100,000 VND to 150,000 VND, so it will not cause difficulties for businesses in changing the number plate before December 31, 2021.

2. Procedures for changing to yellow number plates according to Vietnam's Circular 58/2020/TT-BCA


Subject matters of replacement and re-issuance of certificate of vehicle registration: refurbished vehicle, repainted vehicles, vehicles used for transport business registered for issuance of license plate with white background, black letters and numbers shall submit 1 application to the Division of Traffic Police, Division of Roadway - Railway Traffic Police, and Division of Road Traffic Police affiliated to the Department of Public Security of provinces and centrally-affiliated cities (hereinafter referred to as Traffic Police Division)

The renewal procedure will be carried out immediately after receiving a valid vehicle registration dossier (Article 4, Circular 58/2020/TT-BCA).

Cost of renewal of vehicle registration with license plate in this case (Article 5, Circular 229/2016/TT-BTC):

  • For cars, it is 150,000 VND;


    For trailers, semi-trailers registered separately is 100,000 VND.



In Article 11 of Circular 58/2020/TT-BCA, the composition of the dossier includes:

  • Vehicle registration form as specified on the form;
  • Vehicle registration 

  • Identity card or citizen identification card or household registration book of the vehicle owner. Vietnamese living abroad can show their passport (if it is still valid).

  • For the person authorized to handle vehicle registration procedures, in addition to the vehicle owner's documents above, he/she must also present his/her citizen identification card or identity card;

  • Two old number plates

  • The person authorized to handle the vehicle registration procedures, in addition to the vehicle owner's papers as prescribed above, must also present a citizen identification card or identity card, or diplomatic card, or public identity card. service (still valid for use).

Note: The license plate does not need to be brought directly to the car and does not have to be the chassis number and engine number. Technology taxis operating for a short time must also change to yellow number plates. When no longer in business, the car owner can go to the vehicle registration points to carry out the procedures to change to the original white plate.


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