ZINARA Vehicle License Fees: Update October 2020

A few days ago, I discovered that I needed to pay the license fee for my vehicle. “Discovered,” because I had been blissfully driving along, without a care in the world. I was still in holiday mode, and with the police no longer bothering people on the roads, it never occurred to me that my vehicle license need to be renewed in January. Fortunately, I remembered on time and didn’t have to pay a penalty. So, what are the ZINARA vehicle License Fees for the year 2020?

Current ZINARA license fee for small vehicles

The current ZINARA vehicle license fee for small vehicles stands at $750. You will also need to pay 3rd party insurance of $2855, bringing the total to $3605 (Bond dollars). The table below shows the ZINARA fee for all vehicles based on mass;

Vehicle MassCurrent ZINARA License Fee
Up to 1 500kg$750
1 501kg – 2 250kg$950
2 251kg – 3 000kg$1 125
3 001kg – 3 750kg$2 250
3 751kg – 4 250kg$2 800
4 251kg – 5 000kg$3 375
Current Zinara fees by vehicle mass

Third Party Insurance

Third party insurance for small vehicles in Zimbabwe currently stands at $2855. That’s brings the total amount that you need to pay to RTGS $3605

Update 10 October 2020: Third party insurance in Zimbabwe has just been increased from $351 to $2855.

ZBC Vehicle Radio License Fee

The ZBC radio license fee currently stands at $400 bond. That’s way more than the ZINARA vehicle license fee, which makes absolutely no sense. It’s definitely an inspiration for drivers to remove radios from their vehicles. It’s what I have decided to do. Instead of listening to ZBC, I will just sing while driving along in my vehicle.

Making my own payment

Anyway, back to my story; after discovering that I needed to pay my ZINARA vehicle license fee, I immediately headed over to the nearest Choppies Supermarket to make the payment. There, I got quoted the above amounts. To be frank, I was quite shocked. The last time I made my payment, the total amount required was at around 120 bond dollars.

I used to buy full cover insurance from Champions. However, I have long since stopped doing so. I didn’t even have the courage to ask what the cover for my beloved but bruised Corolla bubble would have been. Anyway, thanks for reading this article. The figures that are given here could change at any time, all things being considered. So, don’t blame me should that happens. In fact, I didn’t even want to write this article. As a blogger, the best kind of articles are ones that endure. However, things are such that even web content is suffering from inflation in Zimbabwe. You write that something costs so much today, and before the end of the day, it has changed it’s price and your article has already lost it’s relevance.

7 thoughts on “ZINARA Vehicle License Fees: Update October 2020”

  1. Brian Tererai Mombeyarara

    I bought a car a crv and the has been parked as l was not using it due to some commitments the license expired in August 2019 how much am l supposed to pay on renewal of the license

    1. Hey there. You are going to have to reach out to ZINARA on that one. Are you using it now? If not, you should get an exception certificate for the car. It stands at 10% of the current licensing fee. Unfortunately, it does not apply in retrospect. Your penalties will be calculated from the time that you last paid your license fee. The charge is calculated per every month in which you did not pay. So, you should definitely pay and get the exemption.


    1. The fee is the one that’s in this article. It’s an updated article. The penalty is 10% of the fee charged per month of default. I don’t think you get penalized till a month has lapsed before paying. Last term I lapsed by about 29 days and I wasnt penalized. So, the current fee is $200 bond. 3rd party insurances is 351 bond. Radio license is $400 bond. You can conveniently “forget,” to pay the radio license since there is no penalty. Unozongobhadhara pawabatwa ipapo or you can gut the radio.

  3. Hi there. My licence expired in April during lockdown for a Kombi. Now I want to make a payment. Am I charged penalty fee since kombis were prohibited to operate.

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