import vehicle in spain


You are not permitted to drive a vehicle with a foreign registration in Spain if you are a tax resident. If you are a non-resident for tax purposes in Spain, you will have to import your vehicle if it remains more than 30 consecutive days in our country.


You can apply to the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) for a temporary registration until the procedure is completed.


What steps do I have to take to import the vehicle?


You can transport your vehicle to Spain by air, land or sea, depending on the country of origin. There are specialised companies that will be able to take care of this.


What do I do once the vehicle has arrived in Spain?

First, the following documentation is needed:

  • Original invoice or contract of sale
  • European certificate of conformity (COC) of the vehicle
  • Copy of the ID card of the seller and contact details
  • Copy of the ID card of the purchaser and contact details


In the event that the European conformity document (COC) is not available, a project for unitary approval must be carried out using the services of an authorised laboratory.


Taxes to pay for importing your vehicle in Spain

  • Customs duties. This is a tax that is applied on the market price of the vehicle according to the current Common Customs Tariff.
  • Value Added Tax (IVA)
  • Tax on certain means of transport


In order to verify that the vehicle meets the standards required for driving, you will have to meet the vehicle the requirements of the technical inspection (ITV)


Documentation to be submitted at the technical inspection (ITV)

  • Vehicle data sheet
  • Driver’s license of the owner
  • Vehicle insurance policy
  • Proof of payment of import taxes and tariffs (original and copy)
  • Invoice or contract of sale of the vehicle (original and copy)


Once you obtain the approval of the inspection, you can continue to register the vehicle.


Registration in Spain


You must request an appointment at the head office of the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT); therefore, you must submit the following documentation:

  • Vehicle data sheet
  • European Certificate of Conformity (COC)
  • Sworn translation into Spanish of all documents


At the DGT, you will have to pay the registration fee; this rate is based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and ranges between 4.75% (121–159 g/km) and 14.75% (200 g/km or more)


Finally, your vehicle will have obtained its plate number so you can install it on your car.


Do not forget the road tax (IVTM), which is paid annually.


Do you want to import your vehicle to Spain? Do not hesitate to contact Welex. We will be pleased to arrange the import of your vehicle into Spain.