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Updated : 01/03/2017

Car registration and taxes – Liechtenstein

Registration rules

As an EU national moving to Liechtenstein, 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 Liechtenstein, you have 12 months to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country – counted from the date of residence in Liechtenstein.

To re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country, go to the Motorfahrzeugkontrolle, Gewerbeweg 2, Postfach 684, 9490 Vaduz; Tel. Nr. 00423 236 75 01; Find out more information on car re-registration in Liechtenstein .

Temporary registration plates

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

You can get the transit plates at the Motorfahrzeugkontrolle for CHF 50 a day.

Exemptions from the obligation to register a vehicle

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

You can use it for 12 weeks.


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

  • must register your own car with the authorities here for the duration of your studies. This does not apply if the car is owned by your parents, who are not resident in Liechtenstein.
  • must pay registration and/or road taxes on it in Liechtenstein.
  • must buy additional car insurance for the duration of your studies here.

If, as a student, you are also working in Liechtenstein, 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 Liechtenstein (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.

Car tax

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

  • registration taxes: administration fees and examinations fees only
  • road tax

The following categories of vehicle are exempt from registration taxes: None

The following categories of vehicles are exempt from road tax: electric, hybrid, cng and solar vehicles

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

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