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

The Spain Re-registration Process

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Are you thinking about moving to Spain with your car? If so, you should know that there is a Spanish re-registration process that you must go through in order to drive legally on this country’s roads. In this article we will guide you through what needs to be done and the paperwork required for re-registering a vehicle in Spain.

Certificate Of Conformity

First, contact your car manufacturer and ask for a certificate of conformity. This document confirms that your vehicle meets EU standards regarding technical specifications as well as environmental impact. You can obtain this certificate by getting in touch with an authorized technical service of the car maker or visiting their website. It usually costs around one hundred euros but may vary depending on the brand.

The ITV Inspection

The next step in the Spain re-registration process is taking the technical inspection (ITV) at an authorized vehicle check station. It is a periodic examination which verifies if safety devices fitted on vehicles are still working properly or not. In order to pass it, following papers need to be presented: certificate of conformity, registration document, technical data sheet from country where the car was bought and proof of payment for current year’s road tax. The cost of ITV varies between 30 – 50 euros depending on model/make/age etc.

Application For Spain Re-Registration

Once you have passed the ITV successfully then you need to submit an application for Spanish registration at Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Headquarters) office relevant to your current place of residence in Spain. To do this, provide:

The official application form available on DGT website or different traffic offices.

Application fee – cars €96.80 / motorcycles €26.70

Valid passport or National Identification Card (DNI) or Foreigners’ Identification Number (NIE)

Valid residence permit or census certificate proving your address in Spain.

Certificate of registration for vehicle and its technical data sheet plus evidence that it has passed the ITV (MOT).

Manufacturers certificate of conformity

Proof that Special Tax on Certain Means of Transport (IEDMT) payable upon first registration of cars in Spain has been paid or exemption granted. The tax is based on vehicle’s value and CO2 emissions, ranging between 0% – 14.75%. You can find tables at the Tax Agency website and conditions for exemption.

Results Of The Spain Re-registration Process

After you have produced all the needed documents, within the next 90 days, you will be issued a provisional registration certificate along with Spanish number plates. Within this second 90-day period, you will receive the final permit and an environmental sticker. This sticker will classify your car by its impact on the environment.

As one can see, re-registering a vehicle in Spain is not an excessively complicated process; however it does take time and money. Therefore, before deciding to move your car to Spain you should consider if it is worth doing so or if you would like us to do this for you. Also bear in mind that if you are moving to a different country, your current auto insurance policy may not cover you there. You will need either a new policy or changes made to the existing one so that it complies with Spanish regulations.

Summary Of The Re-Registration Process In Spain

A vehicle must go through several stages and provide various paperwork in order for its previous owner to re-register it which allows them drive legally on Spanish roads.

The second step involves obtaining a certificate of conformity from either the manufacturer or an approved laboratory. This document confirms that the vehicle meets EU technical and environmental requirements.

Next is getting a reduced technical data sheet for the vehicle at an ITV (vehicle inspection) station or an approved repairer – this has to be done before moving onto stage three. The make, model, VIN (vehicle identification number), power in horsepower and emission standard information etc., about the car are included on this fiche.

Then taking it to an ITV station where they will assess both its current state as well as ability perform its functions – If deemed roadworthy after inspection then owner shall be provided with an ITV card containing QR code which needs affixing onto windscreen of said automobile.

Making payment for registration tax whose amount depends on value plus emissions produced by given motorcar – This can be paid at tax office or any participating bank; at Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Department) together with other papers proof of payment must be presented.

The fifth and final step is the submission of an application for the final registration of the car to the Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico. When this application has been dealt with, a registration number shall be issued by the Jefatura together with the corresponding plates. For achieving this, the following papers have to be shown: certificate of conformity, reduced technical data sheet, ITV card, proof of payment for registration tax, applicant’s DNI or NIE and if it is a new vehicle then purchase agreement/contract or invoice should also be produced.

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