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Car registration in another EU country – Spain

Registration rules

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

Exemptions

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

If you use your vehicle in Spain, you are obliged to register it from the moment you become a resident (within 6 months).

However, the national tax regulations do not oblige this registration if:

Students

If you stay in an EU country for less than six months and you maintain your usual residence in your country, there is no obligation to register the vehicle or pay taxes in the country where you are staying; your vehicle will still be registered in your country of residence.

The regulations governing the registration tax (IEDMT) do not establish specific provisions regarding students in relation to compliance with the obligations of registration and / or self-assessment / declaration of vehicles in Spanish territory.

However, to the extent that these people are not considered residents of Spain or holders of establishments located in Spain, they will not be affected by the aforementioned obligations.

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

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

Time allowed for re-registering a vehicle

If you change your country of residence to Spain you have 6 months to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country.

To register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country, go to the Provincial Traffic Departmentses in the town where you are resident, requesting an appointment in advancees.

Temporary registration plates

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

You can get the transit plates for 20,20€ at the Provincial Traffic Departmentses in the town where you are resident, requesting an appointment in advancees

Car taxes

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

Registration taxes

This is a special tax on certain means of transport (IEDMT) that amounts to € 95.8.

They are managed by the AEAT (Spanish Tax Agency).

The regulations governing this tax provide for taxation of the same for months or fractions of months in the following two cases:

More information on the registration tax, including forms and FAQ

Contact Spanish Tax Agency

Request an appointment to The Spanish Tax Agency

Road tax

If you have registered your vehicle in Spain and, therefore, your vehicle has been included in the General Registry of Traffic Vehicles, you must pay the Tax on Vehicles of Mechanical Traction to the Town Hall corresponding to the address that appears in the vehicle registration certificate.

Consult the applicable national legislation to the Tax on Vehicles of Mechanical Traction: Consolidated Text of the Law Regulating the Local Treasuries, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 2/2004, of March 5es

Link to the municipalities where the payment of the road tax can be made.es

Tax exemptions

Not all categories of vehicles are subject to registration or road tax.

You can benefit from the exemption of this tax if the registration or use of your vehicle in Spain occurs as a result of a transfer of residence to Spanish territory (Article 66.1.n) of Law 38/1992es).

In cases of transfer of residence, the request for exemption from this tax must be made within 60 days from the start of the use of the vehicle in Spain (articles 65.1.d) and 66.1.n) of Law 38 / 1992).

The exemptions of the registration tax are included in the applicable national legislation: art. 66 of Law 38/1992, of December 28, on Special Taxeses.

The exemptions of the registration tax are included in the applicable national legislation: art. 93 of the Royal Legislative Decree 2/2004, of March 5, which approves the revised text of the Law Regulating the Local Treasuries.

Until you register the vehicle, it will not appear in the Traffic Vehicles Registry and, therefore, the competent City Council cannot liquidate the Tax on Mechanical Traction Vehicles.

If you do not register your vehicle in Spain, it is not subject to any of these taxes.

Tax refund

More information on refunds.

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