If you have a UK / foreign registered vehicle over here in Spain then you'll almost certainly have wondered how long you can legally drive it on UK plates and, if you need to import it on to new Spanish plates.
Here are the rules...
- If you are non-resident then you can drive a foreign / UK registered vehicle for up to 60 days before you are legally obliged to import it on to Spanish plates.
- If you are a Spanish resident then it's just 30 days.
Please bear in mind that your car must still be taxed and MOT'd in the country of registration... and insured whilst on UK / foreign Registration Plates. The Spanish Authorities, including the Guardia Civil, Policia Local and Policia National all have easy web based access to the UK DVLA and other foreign databases and can check on these details should they so wish.
At Legal Auto Services we are experts in registering foreign vehicles including North American imports.
Is it expensive to re-register on to Spanish Plates?
It may cost much less than you think to change your UK / foreign Registered Car (or other vehicle) over to Spanish Registration plates. The price is largely dependent on two factors:
1. The value of the vehicle
2. CO2 emmissions.
If you have an older model car with low CO2 emmissions then it may not cost very much at all. However, if you have a newer vehicle with a larger engine then there may be a larger amount of import duty to pay. There are also other taxes and fees to pay, but these are generally constant for most classes of vehicle.
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