How to Register a Car in the Czech Republic
Register New, Used, and Imported Cars in the Czech Republic
New Car Registration in the Czech Republic
- Car insurance;
- Confirmation of Inspection;
- Registration certificate, COC lists, and invoices;
- Czech Residency Permit.
1. New Vehicle Insurance
2. Confirmation of Technical Inspection
- Note: Certificates of light inspection are not necessary if buying a new, electric vehicle.
3. Car Registration Certificate, COC Lists, and Invoices
4. Czech Residency Permit
- Car insurance is more expensive.
- Parking permits are also more costly.
- You have to pay road taxes, unlike with personal vehicles.
Used Czech Car Registration and Ownership Transfer
- Proof of Czech Car Insurance - Keep in mind that you can purchase car insurance under your name before you have official ownership of the vehicle.
- Certificate of Vehicle Registration - Obtain both the original car certificates and the car ID card from the seller. Ownership will be changed after you transfer the car to your name. After registration, you will also get a new Vehicle ID Card.
- Light Technical Inspection for Ownership Transfer - Arrange a light technical inspection with confirmation no older than 15 days from the date of the registration application. For cars older than 5 years, we suggest a full inspection. A full Czech car inspection will be valid for 2 years, and is represented by a red sticker on the back plate numbers.
- Czech Residency Permit - Here you can also use your trade license or company name.
Vehicle Registration of Cars Imported from within the EU
Registering a New Vehicle Imported from within the EU
- Obtain Czech Car Insurance - Just as with any new car, remember to do this before you pick up the vehicle and get behind the wheel.
- Get confirmation of light technical inspection - Be sure to arrange this through the dealership. The inspection must be no older than 30 days from the date of registration and must be completed again after 5 years. Note: this is not necessary for new, electric cars.
- Provide registration certificate, CoC, and invoices - If no registration certificate comes with the new car, you’ll need to provide a sales contract or invoices to prove ownership.
- Show Czech Residency Permit, Trade License, or Company - If registering a personal vehicle, you’ll need Czech Residency. To register a business vehicle, you can apply with a trade license or a company name registered in the Czech Republic.
Registering a Used Vehicle Imported from within the EU
- Proof of Insurance - Here, you need insurance through a Czech insurance provider. Your car won’t have any registration certificate or plate numbers, but will initially have insurance under a VIN code number. Notify the provider with the plate number after registration.
- Original Vehicle Certificates - Submit all original car certificates from the vehicle’s country of origin when applying for registration. You will not need to provide sales contracts, invoices, or power of attorney.
- Confirmation of Inspection - For cars newer than 5 years old, you will need to submit a confirmation of light technical inspection. If older than 5 years, you must complete a full inspection that will be valid for the next 2 years.
- CoC Lists - Providing a COC list is not mandatory, but it can have an impact on registration fees. If not provided, the Inspection office has to request a car parameters protocol from the car manufacturer.
- CZ Residency Permit - To register a personal vehicle, you must prove Czech Residency. You can also use a Czech trade license or company name to register a business vehicle.
Car Registration for Imports from the UK and Switzerland
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