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Updated : 15/02/2016

Car registration documents and formalities – Poland

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Roadworthiness tests

Car owners must bring their vehicles for roadworthiness testing. The first roadworthiness test takes place before a vehicle is registered in Poland for the first time.

The following do not require roadworthiness testing:

- new vehicles for which one of the following documents has been issued: EC certificate of conformity, certificate of conformity, individual vehicle approval, decision recognising individual vehicle approval or EC individual approval certificate; - registered vehicles whose registration certificates or other documents issued by the relevant body of the EU country concerned include information on the roadworthiness test performed and the period for which it is valid;

- registered vehicles with an EC vehicle type-approval certificate, for the period between the first registration of the vehicle abroad and the date of the periodic roadworthiness test set in accordance with the specific rules.

However, these exceptions do not apply to taxis, emergency vehicles or vehicles that have been adapted or equipped in accordance with the rules on the carriage of dangerous goods, vehicles with on-board devices subject to technical supervision or left-hand drive vehicles.

A passenger car must undergo a roadworthiness test no later than 3 years after it was first registered, then no later than 5 years after it was first registered and no later than 2 years after the first roadworthiness test, and then no later than 1 year after the previous roadworthiness test. In other words, it must be tested within 3 years, then within the next 2 years, and then once a year from then on. The fee for roadworthiness testing of a passenger car is PLN 98.

In order to ensure that vehicles and their equipment function correctly and in accordance with safety standards, they must undergo regular roadworthiness testing covering areas such as:

  • the technical condition of the tyres;
  • the correct operation and adjustment of the external lights;
  • the technical condition and performance of the breaks;
  • the technical condition of the suspension;
  • the technical condition of the bodywork, chassis and their accessories;
  • the technical condition of the exhaust system;
  • emissions of gaseous pollutants and smoke opacity.

Roadworthiness tests are carried out at authorised vehicle inspection centres, under the administrative supervision of the head of the district authority (starosta) for the area where the centre is located. If you have concerns regarding roadworthiness testing, you should contact the district authority (starostwo powiatowe) or town council (urząd miasta) in the place where you are living or staying.


Procedure:

First registration

You can register your vehicle at the district authority (starostwo powiatowe) or town council (urząd miasta) in the town where you are living or staying.


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

  1. New vehicles:

- proof of ownership of the vehicle or a document confirming transfer of the vehicle (if the vehicle has been transferred to a Polish person or organisation by a foreign natural or legal person);

- EC certificate of conformity, together with a statement giving the data and information on the vehicle needed to register it, or the individual vehicle approval, decision recognising individual vehicle approval or EC individual approval certificate, if needed;

- for passenger cars or motor vehicles classed as 'other' (quad bikes and light quad bikes), a document certifying payment of excise duty in Poland or a document confirming that there is no requirement to pay excise duty in Poland or an excise duty exemption certificate;

- proof of the customs clearance if the vehicle has been imported from a non-EU country;

- proof of payment of the ‘recycling fee' (for passenger cars that can transport up to 8 passengers in addition to the driver, heavy goods vehicles capable of carrying loads up to 3.5 tonnes and three-wheel mopeds in category L2e); this fee applies to vehicles brought to Poland before 1 January 2016.

2. Used vehicles:

  • proof of ownership of the vehicle or a document confirming transfer of the vehicle (if the vehicle has been transferred to a Polish person or organisation by a foreign natural or legal person);
  • proof of registration, if the vehicle has been registered;
  • a certificate that the vehicle has passed a roadworthiness test or proof of registration or other document issued by the relevant body of an EU country confirming that a roadworthiness test has been performed and the period for which it is valid;
  • for passenger cars or motor vehicles classed as 'other' (quad bikes and light quad bikes), a document certifying payment of excise duty in Poland or a document confirming that there is no requirement to pay excise duty in Poland or an excise duty exemption certificate;
  • proof of the customs clearance if the vehicle has been imported from a non-EU country;
  • proof of payment of the ‘recycling fee' (for passenger cars that can transport up to 8 passengers in addition to the driver, heavy goods vehicles capable of carrying loads up to 3.5 tonnes and three-wheel mopeds in category L2e); this fee applies to vehicles brought to Poland before 1 January 2016.

Renewal (Poland has no procedure for renewing registration)

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