Spanish licence plates and registration document
Registering a non-Spanish vehicle in Spain is a complex and potentially costly procedure. However, you may be exempt from Spanish registration tax by getting Spanish number-plates within one month of entering the country. But to do this, you need to become a resident. Linea Directa has been insuring expat drivers in Spain for over a decade and understands all the steps involved. Below we outline this process.
STEP 1: OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMITY
This is a statement by the car’s manufacturer that it conforms to EU regulations. You will need the car’s chassis number to complete this process online at www.eurococ.eu/en/certificate_ of_conformity.
STEP 2: CURRENT LOG BOOK
The vehicle’s original log book showing your name as the owner, the vehicle’s age and a valid UK address. You will also need the bill of sale for the car.
STEP 3: RESIDENCY IN SPAIN
The Spanish residency certificate (Certificado de Empadronamiento) is your official proof of residency in Spain. Your local town hall can provide you with this document. You will need to take your passport and proof of Spanish address.
STEP 4: OBTAINING A SPANISH MOT CERTIFICATE
All vehicles over four-years-old must be roadworthy and clearly display a valid ITV sticker. The ITV (Vehicle Technical Inspection) must be tested at an authorised centre. You can find out the location of your nearest ITV centre on DGT website. You can also call your local centre to make a booking. The cost can vary but generally is around 40€ for petrol and 56€ for diesel-engine cars.
STEP 5: OBTAINING A SPANISH EQUIVALENT OF A TAX DISC
The Spanish Tax Agency can provide your vehicle with a valid ‘tax disc’ for Spain, which must be carried in the car when in use. You will need to complete the relevant form online and pay the amount according to your car’s tax band.
We hope the information provided in this article is of interest.
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