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Updated : 22/01/2016

Car registration and taxes – Malta

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REGISTRATION RULES

As an EU national moving to Malta, you must register your car if you are the owner of the vehicle.

TIME ALLOWED FOR RE-REGISTERING A VEHICLE

If you change your country of residence to Malta, you must upon arrival of the vehicle in Malta, notify the Authority and obtain, upon payment of a fee, a temporary circulation permit which allows you to use the vehicle in Malta for a maximum period of thirty consecutive calendar days to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country – the Motor Vehicles Regisration and Licensing Act (Chapter 368) and the Registation and Licensing of Motor Vehicles Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 368.02).

To re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country, go to the Transport Malta.

TEMPORARY REGISTRATION PLATES

If you buy a car abroad, transit registration plates issued in another EU country will be recognised in Malta for the purposes of driving your car back to your place of residence.

You can get the transit plates at the Vehicle Licensing Unit, Land Transport Directorate, Hornworks Ditch, Floriana, FRN1230, for €235.00

 

EXEMPTIONS FROM THE OBLIGATION TO REGISTER A VEHICLE

As an EU national moving to Malta, you can use your vehicle here while it is still registered in your previous home country.

You can use it for seven months under the following conditions:

  • it is brought temporarily into Malta for a period, consecutive or otherwise, not exceeding seven months in any twelve month period;
  • by a person who has his normal residence outside Malta;
  • that person does not have a legally valid identification document (Identity Card and other Identity Documents Act), or is, under the said Act, obliged to be in possession of a legally valid identification document or has not been issued with a residence permit in terms of the Immigration, and,
  • the vehicle is for private use or for business use: Provided that where a private vehicle registered in the country of normal residence of the user is used regularly for the journey between his residence in that country and his place of work in an undertaking in Malta, the exemption from the vehicle registration tax shall be without any time limit.

Students

If you are a student in Malta from another EU country you:

  • do not have to register your own car with the authorities here for your period of study. This does not apply if the car is owned by your parents,
  • do not have to pay registration tax on it in Malta.
  • must be insuranced for your period of study here.

To qualify for exemption from the requirement to register vehicles, you must get a certificate of enrolment at the university (or other school/college), which is valid for twelve months and evidence of the vehicle's arrival in Malta, a copy of the vehicle's registration certificate, and a copy of a valid insurance certificate and keep them in the vehicle in case of checks by the authorities.You can get a certificate of enrolment / supporting documents from education authorities.

If, as a student, you are also working full time in Malta, you must register the vehicle and pay related taxes.

Pensioners, second home owners, cross-border commuters, self-employed cross-border commuters (company cars)

As EU nationals with a second home in Malta (that you use for no more than 6 months a year), you do not need to register your vehicles here.

You are exempt from compulsory car registration if you meet the following criteria:

  • it is brought temporarily into Malta for a period, consecutive or otherwise, not exceeding seven months in any twelve month period;
  • by a person who has his normal residence outside Malta;
  • that person does not have a legally valid identification document (Identity Card and other Identity Documents Act), or is, under the said Act, obliged to be in possession of a legally valid identification document or has not been issued with a residence permit in terms of the Immigration, and,
  • the vehicle is for private use or for business use: Provided that where a private vehicle registered in the country of normal residence of the user is used regularly for the journey between his residence in that country and his place of work in an undertaking in Malta, the exemption from the vehicle registration tax shall be without any time limit.

CAR TAX

As an EU national, if you want to register and use your car in Malta you must pay the following taxes:

The following categories of vehicle are exempt from registration taxes:

  • Motor cycles not exceeding 250cc;
  • Certified vintage vehicles with an age over 50 years;
  • Category M motor vehicles used within enclosed areas, such as dock areas or airports or seaports;
  • Agricultural tractors;
  • Forklifts, shovels, excavators, road rollers, bulldozers, road pavers, road scarifiers, rock cutters and asphalt finishers.
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