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Updated : 31/08/2017

Car registration and taxes – Czech Republic

Registration rules

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

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

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.

Car tax

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

The following categories of vehicle are exempt from registration taxes: there are none.

The following categories of vehicles are exempt from road tax:

  1. vehicles with less than four wheels registered as category L1
  2. vehicles connected with diplomatic missions and consular posts
  3. vehicles providing domestic public transport service
  4. vehicles operated by the armed forces, police, healthcare providers etc.
  5. street sweepers and road marking machines
  6. 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.

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