In this section we are trying to explain the procedures that need to be followed in order to register your vehicle in Spain and to get Spanish number plates. This section does not cover the procedures which need to be followed to import the car into the country in the first place.
Non-residents can only register vehicles in Spain on temporary tourist plates, valid for a six-month period in any one year, and renewable annually. If non-residents become resident they must obtain full national plates and pay the Impuesto Especial of 12%, which is based on the car's ready-reckoned value. (Non-residents from outside the EU are exempt from the Impuesto Especial).
Residents importing a vehicle must register it with the local authorities and obtain Spanish national plates.
It is worth noting that anyone, EU or non-EU moving to Spain to take official residence, will be exempt from paying taxes when registering the car if they bring with them a car they already own at the time of the move. The reason for this is that the car will be considered to be part of the household effects and furniture which are brought to Spain at the time of moving into the country.
However there are some conditions which you must comply with if you are to avoid paying tax and it is important to remember that the procedure for registering the vehicle must be started within one month from the date of issue of the residence permit.
To take advantage of this, you must have owned the car for at least six months; you must have paid VAT in the country of origin; you must obtain a certificate of residency in Spain from your local Town Hall and you must obtain a certificate of non-residency from the country you are resident in, not the country you are coming into Spain from e.g. if you are a UK resident but are moving into Spain from a third country and therefore importing the vehicle from that country, you have to ask for a non-residence certificate from the UK.
In the UK may be difficult to obtain a certificate of non-residence, simply because its concept does not exist. You can get round this problem simply by contacting the Spanish embassy prior to your departure and declaring your intention to leave the country or alternatively, you can also contact your country's consulate upon your arrival in Spain.
The procedures relating to registration of a vehicle in Spain are complex but can be resumed to:1) Taking the car to an ITV (MOT) station to pass the test, taking the following with you:
The process gets even more complicated if:
Traffic Regulations require that the following items be kept in the vehicle:
A fine is payable if these are not carried.
We can take you through the whole process of registering and getting the new number plates for your car. This will involve:
|Ficha reducida||100,00 approx.|
|ITV test||100,00 approx.|
|Local road tax||80,00 approx. (depending on the car's engine size)|
|Registration tax||If you are not exempt, it will depend on the car.|
|Traffic police administrative costs||68,00|
|Cost of making the number plates||9,00 to 12,00|
NOTE: These costs were correct at the time of writing.
If you think we can be of any help to you with regards the above, please contact us.
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