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How to register your electric scooter

Follow our step-by-step guide to getting scooter plates and avoid a fine

As of September 1, Shanghai's traffic authority have introduced a new regulation requiring all electronic scooters to be registered before they can take to the city's streets. Any rider caught without a license plate will face a fine between 50-200RMB. Buyers of new vehicles should apply within 15 days of purchase.

To show they are taking it seriously, the Shanghai traffic authority is also conducting regular spot checks around the city and doling out fines, and the threat of jail time as punishment. According to the Shanghai Daily earlier this week a French rider was detained for hightailing it away from a routine check on his unlicensed scooter.


So just how do you register your scooter in the city? To help you out Time Out have put together a step-by-step guide to making the registration process easier for you:


Find out if you need a permanent or temporary plate

Vehicles made by manufacturers on the official’s approved list (which largely appear to be from Shanghai, Jiangsu or Zhejiang-based companies) need to get permanent plates, see the full list here (Chinese only). For makes and models that are not on the list, you can apply for a temporary plate that will be effective until February 2017. If you're not sure if your vehicle is on the list, bring the receipt of your vehicle to a registration centre and let them decide which plate you need (Lost your receipt? See below).


Go to a service centre near you

The Shanghai traffic authority has opened more than 150 service centres to manage the application process. For permanent plate registration visit this list, or head to this site for temporary registration offices. Both lists are Chinese only, but simple enough to get through with Google translate, or ask a local friend to help you figure out where to go. Offices should be open Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm (except national holidays). 

There is only one permanent registration office per district. For Jingan district this is at 529 Yuyao Lu,  near Tiazhou Lu, 余姚路529号, or for Huangpu district, head to the West Bund area at 806 Zhongshan Nan Yi Lu, near Luban Lu, 中山南一路806号

The most centrally located office for temporary registration is near People's Square at 1067 Chengdu Bei Lu, near Fenyang Lu (成都北路1067号).


Documents to bring with you

Bring your passport and the receipt of your vehicle upon purchase. If you’ve lost the original invoice, fill out a proof of ownership form (Chinese only) with your name and passport number and get a Chinese-speaking friend to help you find out the manufacture number on your scooter.

How much do you need to pay?

Nothing. The registration is free.