Register Your Car In Spain

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Important information relating to the prcess of registering your car in Spain.

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Are you considering buying a car from another European Union country and taking it to Spain? Or are you thinking of selling your Spanish car and exporting it to another European country? This article explains how to register a vehicle from the EU in Spain, as well as the requirements and taxes that must be paid.

Registering an EU Vehicle in Spain

If you are an EU citizen who is merely passing through our territory, there is no need for special procedures to be able to drive your vehicle. However, if you are resident in this country, you must register your vehicle with Spanish number plates. Registration is obligatory whenever the owner of the vehicle is a resident national. You have one month from becoming a resident to register the vehicle with Spanish plates.

Steps To Register A Vehicle In Spain

The following are 3 steps that should be followed by any person wishing to change his or her normal mode of transport from abroad:

Go to an ITV (technical inspection) station together with the vehicle and documentation from the country of origin. The ITV will carry out a physical inspection on both the vehicle and documentation presented; if everything is correct, then it will produce an equivalent Spanish format technical sheet for vehicles.

Pay taxes related to registering this automobile while obtaining relevant payment receipts: Road Tax at your local town hall and Registration Tax with AEAT (Tax Agency), except for trailers.

Submit obtained documentations from mentioned earlier stages plus registration application form alongside identity proof plus residence proof documents at Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT). Upon review of all these papers by DGT, they will proceed with registering this motorcar thereby issuing certificate of registration.

In case there isn’t enough time within one month’s period needed for completing registration process due some reasons; temporary registration can always be applied for at DGT office near where one resides. With such procedure provisional green plates are given which allow driving any type of motorcar within 2 months extendable till final registration is done.

Exporting A Spanish Vehicle To An EU Country

If you want to sell your Spanish car and export it to another European country, follow these tips:

Notify DGT about selling vehicle using appropriate contract or invoice.

Apply for temporary deregistration at DGT in order to transfer abroad presenting proof of payment or exemption from VAT (Value Added Tax) in destination country.

Contact competent authority where one intends taking his/her auto so as complete necessary importation formalities as well registering same thereat.

We hope this article helps you understand what steps need be taken when registering a vehicle that comes from/going to any other EU nation. If still unclear feel free contacting us via mail or visiting our website.

If you wish to import a vehicle from another European Union (EU) country to Spain –whether it is new or second-hand– take into account the following points:

  • Keep the original documents of the vehicle.
  • Have a document that proves ownership of the vehicle. In case of used vehicles, proof of sale: if it is a sale between individuals, the sales contract with its translation; if you buy it from a professional dealer, whether in Spain or abroad, an invoice indicating VAT identification number.
  • You must contact the competent authority in the country of origin of the vehicle to carry out the necessary procedures for its exportation.

Once you have made your purchase and brought it over Spanish territory then starts its Importing Process. Students coming from other EU countries do not have any specific condition about registering their vehicles nor residents with second homes here or cross-border workers.

To register a vehicle in Spain, follow these steps:

Step 1: Obtain Ficha Técnica del Vehículo (Spanish format ITV). Take your car to an ITV station for physical review. Present registration certificate from country of origin; Certificate of Conformity (CoC); purchase agreement/invoice if not owner appearing on registration certificate. They will give you Ficha Técnica del Vehículo in Spanish format at this time. If it did not have up-to-date ITV test inspection done pass corresponding technical inspection.

Step 2: Pay taxes. Citizen must declare and pay taxes related to importation and registration:

Proof payment transfer tax for imported vehicle with Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria Española).

Proof payment / exemption / non-subject Registration tax paid State Tax Administration Agency (Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria) except trailers.

Proof payment/exemption from Tax on Mechanical Traction Vehicles(Impuesto sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica) paid to municipality where resident which depends on vehicle power and must be paid yearly, ask local council how to pay it and its amount keeping proof payment.

Step 3: Apply for registration of the vehicle with Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) and receive a Registration Certificate. You may register your vehicle online through DGT’s electronic registry or in person by submitting all documentation required at any provincial headquarters(of the DGT).

If you don’t have time to complete registration within one month for any reason, apply to DGT for temporary registration. You will get provisional green plates with which can circulate with vehicle during 2 months(extendable) while completing definitive registration process.

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