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Updated : 27/01/2016

Car registration documents and formalities – Estonia

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Roadworthiness tests

If you buy a new passenger car in Estonia, you must have it checked for roadworthiness 4 years from the date of its initial registration and after that every 2 years.

If you have a used car of 10 years or older in Estonia, you must have it tested for roadworthiness every 12 months after the date of the last roadworthiness check.

A roadworthiness test doesn't have to be conducted each time a vehicle changes owner.

If you register your car as a new resident in Estonia, moving from another EU country, you don't have to take the roadworthiness test if the car has a valid EU roadworthiness test.

For more information on roadworthiness tests in Estonia contact the Estonian Road Administration.

To ensure your vehicle and its equipment function correctly and comply with safety standards, it must undergo the regular roadworthiness tests, which generally comprise the following checks:

  • condition of the windscreen wipers and if there are any cracks or damages to the windshield
  • lights – presence and condition of front, rear, indicators, hazard lights, brake, reverse, licence plate, main beam, dipped-beam and fog lights
  • headlights – alignment of dipped-beam and front fog lights
  • tyres – tread depth ≥ 1.6 mm / 3.0 mm during winter
  • rear-view mirrors – reflecting surface, fixation and adjustment
  • correct functioning of safety belts
  • steering – correct functioning
  • braking – performance, condition and operation
  • suspension – condition, wear
  • chassis and its attachments – general condition of the frame, chassis, coupling and towing devices, seats
  • emissions – exhaust emissions and equipment, noise, engine oil leaks

Registration

Procedure for:

- initial registration

You can register your vehicle in the closest to where you live bureau of the Estonian Road Administration.

To register an imported vehicle (new or used), you must submit the following documents:

  1. new vehicle:
    • application form,
    • act of pre-registration roadworthiness test,
    • documents proving ownership,
    • certificate to confirm the type of the vehicle,
    • customs documents,
    • expertise act,
    • other relevant documents.
  2. used vehicle:
    • application form,
    • act of pre-registration roadwothiness test,
    • documents of ownership,
    • registration certificate,
    • certificate to confirm the type of vehicle,
    • customs documents,
    • expertise act,
    • act of the old vehicle,
    • other relevant documents.

 

- renewal

To renew the registration of your car, you can do it at the Estonian Road Administration and you must submit the following documents:

  • application form,
  • act of pre-registration roadworthiness test,
  • documents of ownership,
  • registration certificate,
  • certificate to confirm the type of vehicle,
  • customs documents,
  • expertise act,
  • act of old the vehicle,
  • other relevant documents.
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