Road Tax in Malaysia 2023

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FAQs About Road Tax in Malaysia

1. What is road tax?

It is a yearly fee that needs to be paid to use your car on public roads.

2. Is it mandatory in Malaysia?

Yes, it is mandatory in Malaysia. If found driving without it, you can be fined RM3,000 according to Road Transportation Act 1987.

3. Why is it necessary?

Aside from it being a legal obligation, you also need road tax because it is utilised to help maintain the roads nationwide.

4. Can I buy it without car insurance?

No. The only way to tax your car is if you have an insurance policy in place.

5. I use my car for e-hailing services, do I need it?

Yes, you still need it.

6. How do I buy it?

You can go to any JPJ branch or through MyEG to buy it.

7. How much do I need to pay for it?

It depends on various factors. But generally, the price is as below:

  • *Peninsular Malaysia: RM20 to RM2,130
  • *Sabah and Sarawak: RM20 to RM1,024

Note: Price is valid for private cars only

8. How do I calculate the price?

You can use this tool to know how much you need to pay.

9. What affects the price?

  • Location (Peninsular Malaysia/ Sabah and Sarawak)
  • Type of ownership (individual/ company)
  • Type of vehicle (saloon/ non-saloon/ electric vehicle/ motorcycle)
  • Engine capacity
  • Progressive rates

10. Why is the price in Sabah and Sarawak lower?

Due to the lack of supporting infrastructure and the bad condition of the roads there.

11. How to save on road tax?

Generally, the are only two types of vehicles that can apply for road tax reduction or exemption, such as:

  • Classic or vintage vehicles: Did you know that if you own a classic or vintage car, you can get a reduction of up to 90%?
  • Vehicles used by NGOs or certain institutions: Reduction offered to range from 50% to 100% (exemption), depending on the type of vehicle and institution

Other than that, you can also purchase a 2-in-1 bundle for car insurance and road tax from your insurer, or if you want an even cheaper and easier option, from PolicyStreet.

12. What are the payment methods available?

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Direct Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • FPX
  • Online banking
  • Split (via PolicyStreet only)
  • MyEG Prepaid Account (via MyEG only)

13. Can I pay it on an instalment basis?

Yes, if you renew with PolicyStreet, you can split your payments into 3 with Split. It has 0% interest and is Shariah-compliant!

14. How long is the validity of road tax?

It is valid one year from the date of registration.

15. How do I check the expiry date?

You can check the expiry date by referring to your sticker or the JPJ portal.

16. Can I perform renewal before the expiry date?

Yes, you can renew it within 3 months before the expiry date.

17. How do I perform renewal?

  • Choose your preferred channel for renewal
  • Ensure there is no backlog of summons
  • Fill in the details (vehicle’s registration number, details of insurance policy, and details of owner)
  • If you are renewing at JPJ or POS Malaysia branches, provide these documents:
    • NRIC
    • Car insurance cover note
    • Vehicle ownership certificate
  • Make payment
  • Wait for it to be delivered to your doorstep

18. How much do I need to pay for renewal?

If you are using the same vehicle, the price stays the same. Please note that you might need to pay the postage fee.

19. Where can I perform renewal?

*Cars used for e-hailing services, with expired road tax exceeding 3 years, or with deceased owners must renew at JPJ branches
**Not all insurers offer this service

20. What happens if I do not renew it on time?

You must pay a fine of RM300, and according to Road Transportation Act 1987, you might even get prosecuted.

21. How much do I need to pay for late renewal?

There is no penalty for late renewal, but if you are found driving without a valid road tax, you will be fined RM300.

22. Can I renew it if I have outstanding summons?

No. You must settle all outstanding summons first before renewing.

23. Can I renew it if my car insurance has expired?

No. Your car insurance must be active if you want to perform a renewal.

24. Can I drive my car if my road tax has expired?

If you are found driving without a valid road tax, you will be fined RM300. But, if it has expired for more than 3 years, you need to go to PUSPAKOM for a compulsory car inspection.

25. How do I drive legally to PUSPAKOM if my road tax has expired?

You must apply for a temporary travel permit from JPJ.