How to register cars with car number plates imported from the UK

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Real Estate Agent

Are you a British expatriate who has taken up residence on another country? Do you want to drive an Aston Martin, a Vauxhall or another British classic vehicle? You will need to go through the registration process for an imported vehicle. Here is the procedure for registering an English car.

Brexit: what impact on the registration of an imported vehicle?

After December 31, 2020, there will be changes. This will be the procedure for importing a vehicle from outside the European Union that will apply. The results ? VAT may be payable, as well as customs duties. These points have yet to be negotiated. The procedure will be similar to that of importing a Swiss vehicle.

Here are the documents to collect to make the registration certificate for a vehicle from across the Channel:

Tax clearance

The fiscal discharge is a document issued by the taxes which certifies that the vehicle is in order for VAT. For used vehicles imported into the European Union, there is no value added tax to pay. A vehicle is considered used when it has more than 6,000 km and more than 6 months. This document can be obtained free of charge from the tax office to which you belong. After Brexit, you will probably have to pay VAT to get this paper. 

An invoice (in case of purchase from a professional), declaration of assignment (in case of purchase from a private individual), or any other similar proof (the document must mention the serial number or the chassis number)

    The English gray card

    Proof of identity

    Proof of address

Purchase invoice or declaration of assignment

You must of course provide a document proving that you are indeed the owner of the imported English vehicle. It can be an invoice, an assignment declaration, etc. If you bought a car number plate from CarReg suppliers of number plates, you can ask for the invoice. 

Proof of identity and address

As with a traditional registration card application, you must provide proof of identity (driver's license, identity card, etc.). As well as proof of address (electricity bill, telephone bill, etc.).

English gray card

The English gray card, which is called V5, must be presented. You must mention your name and address in the New keeper space.

The European certificate of conformity

The European certificate of conformity, or COC, makes it possible to drive a foreign vehicle without going through a specific approval procedure (acceptance on an isolated basis). Information is circulating, sometimes on official sites, as to the optional nature of this document as part of an English registration document.

Finally, the technical control!

Before applying for a vehicle registration document, you will have to go through the technical control. Despite the fact that this is a right-hand drive vehicle, there is no problem. There is just one thing to do: make sure the lights are changed for the left-hand drive (so they don't dazzle others). On some vehicles, it is sufficient to swap a tab. Sometimes you have to replace the headlights.

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