Car registration in another EU country – Czechia
As an EU national moving to the Czech Republic, you must register your car if you are the owner of the vehicle.
You can drive a vehicle and a trailer on Czech roads and in international traffic for a period of maximum six months in one calendar year.
You have to register your vehicle or trailer in the Vehicles Registry in the Czech Republic if you have:
- permanent residence
- long-term residence in the Czech Republic or he/she is a citizen of another EU country
- temporary residence with a minimum duration of six months during one calendar year
- he/she has been granted asylum
- a registered office if a legal entity, and/or
- an off-site facility if a foreign legal entity.
If you fail to register your car within this period, you will face a fine of up to CZK 50 000.
Time allowed for re-registering a vehicle
If you permanently change your country of residence to the Czech Republic, you have 2 weeks to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country.
To re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country, go to municipal authority in the town where you are resident.
Temporary registration plates
If you buy a car abroad, transit registration plates issued in another EU country will be recognised in the Czech Republic for the purposes of driving your car back to your place of residence.
You can get transit plates at the place where you buy the car.
Exemptions from the obligation to register a vehicle
As an EU national temporarily moving to the Czech Republic, you can use your vehicle here for up to 6 months while it is still registered in your previous home country.
If you are a student in the Czech Republic from another EU country you:
- must register your own car with the authorities here for the duration of your studies.
- must pay registration and/or road taxes on it in the Czech Republic.
- must buy additional car insurance for the duration of your studies here.
If, as a student, you are also working in the Czech Republic, you must register the vehicle and pay related taxes.
Pensioners, second homeowners, and cross-border commuters
As EU nationals with a second home in the Czech Republic (that you use for no more than 6 months a year), you do not need to register your vehicles here.
If you drive a car that is not technically fit, you will face a fine of up to CZK 50 000.
As an EU national, if you want to register and use your car in the Czech Republic, you must pay the following taxes:
- registration taxes: excise duty
- road tax
- other taxes: not all categories of vehicles are subject to registration or road tax
No category of vehicles is exempt from registration taxes in the Czech Republic.
The following categories of vehicles are exempt from road tax:
- vehicles with less than four wheels registered as category L1
- vehicles connected with diplomatic missions and consular posts
- vehicles providing domestic public transport service
- vehicles operated by the armed forces, police, healthcare providers etc.
- street sweepers and road marking machines
- vehicles providing public transport or transport of goods with weight under 12 tons, which are:
- electric drive based
- hybrid vehicles combining combustion and electric engine
- LPG or CNG based vehicles
- E85 based
If you do not register your vehicle in the Czech Republic, it is not subject to any of these taxes.
You need to pay VAT only for a new vehicle.
A new vehicle is defined as a motor road vehicle with a cylinder volume of more than 48 cm3 or with at least 7.2 kW of power that is supplied within six months since the first registration or its mileage is less than 6 000 km.
If you register your new vehicle which is a subject to VAT in another EU country, you may reclaim your VAT from the Czech Republic because VAT is always paid in the EU country where the vehicle is to be registered.