Since January 1, 2008 all vehicles imported to Spain from EU-countries and registered here are listed and the list is forwarded to the traffic departments and/or. Federal Traffic Authority of the countries of origin. The German consulate in Palma de Mallorca no longer de-registers vehicles and points this out on its website:
Nowadays all new vehicles in the European Union come with the COC document (EEC certificate of conformity).
This original (on watermark paper of the manufacturer) includes the EEC type-approval (formerly known as general operating permit) as well as the vehicle-specific data registered by the manufacturer, which are transferred by the European registration authorities to the respective national registration document.
The ABE or EEC type-approval can also be recognized on the identification plate.p>
Regardless of the following remarks about the registration of your car on Mallorca, please note the following regulations of the legislation: p>
If you transfer your primary place of residency to Spain, there is a possibility of requesting
Exemption of registration tax by declaring the vehicle removal goods. Here are the prerequisites:
- The vehicle must have been registered at least 6 months in your name.
- You must have been registered as resident at least 1 year in your country.
- You must de-register as a resident in your country.
Complying with the deadlines ist equally important in this case!
Registered vehicles of less than 6 months of age and/or less than 6,000 km mileage are considered new vehicles and automatically subject to VAT (21%, September 1st, 2012).
Each vehicle, which is to be registered for public road, needs a general operating permit pursuant to § 20 StVZO (Road Traffic Permit Act). The EC type-approval (so to speak, a European general operating permit) replaces the ABE in case of new models of motor vehicles.
Following numerous inquiries by friends and customers about the meaning of Spanish licence plates, here is a brief overview on the history of Spanish “matrículas”:
In the course of the past 100 years the format of the Spanish "matrícula" (=licence plate) has changed three times:
According to the legislator, the re-registration must be settled within 30 days, after you have registered as a resident.
Or, if you are not registered as resident, 3 months' after arriving in Spain at the latest.
Important: even if you have not registered as a resident, but you are employed here and registered with the social security system, you are considered a resident by the local authorities, and the 30 days' period commences on the day you become registered with the social security system!
In practice it is usually impossible to complete the re-registration within 30 days - and the authorities know that. It is advisable to carry documents, proving that the process has been initiated in case of a control.
For quite some time the local police (Policia Local) as well as the Guardia Civil have been instructed to examine and perhaps seize foreign vehicles, if there are indications that the vehicle user is considered a resident and has exceeded the 30 days' period for re-registration.