Case Study – Change to Spanish Plates

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A client has approached us enquiring about changing a vehicle onto Spanish plates.

We advised them that to start the process they should take the car to a local garage to confirm the headlights are standard for left-hand drive. Then they visit their nearest  ITV (MOT) station where they will ensure the car is roadworthy, and they will provide the clients with documents that have to be submitted to The Spanish Traffic Department (Trafico).

Once this has been done and the clients bring us the paperwork then we can submit the documents to Trafico.

We will also need the following documents-

-ITV documents, (3 blue sheets and 1 white)

-Logbook

-Passport

-NIE or Residencia

-Water or electricity bill or Padron no more than 6 months old or title deeds to confirm the clients’ address

Import taxes will be calculated by the Traffic Department upon receipt of the log book and ITV.  If clients send us a copy of the log book and (ITV) MOT, we will then ask Trafico to calculate the import taxes and give clients an accurate cost for importing the vehicle.

 

14 Comments

  • J Allen

    I have a car in the UK which is insured and registered in my name. I now have residency in Spain and now need a Spanish licence by law and have to forfeit my UK licence. Will there be a problem
    taxing, insuring the car without a UK licence. I visit the UK regularly as my mother is elderly.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Ms Allen ,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We wouldn’t think there would be any problems in taxing and insuring your UK car in the UK but it would be best to discuss this with the insurer. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Tony

    Hi, I’m interested in buying a UK camper that is current in Spain (UK reg)..I am a Spanish resident,. The vehicle is RHD but original from peugeot factory. Is it possible?

    • Jane

      Hi Tony

      Yes this is possible. You would firstly need it to pass it’s ITV then pay the relevant taxes. If you need any help please contact our office.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • David william blackhouse

    hiya, is it possible to put a caravan with uk plates on a peace of land.

    • Jane

      Hi David

      This depends on whether you are a resident, if a non resident then as long as you own the land is ok when you are visiting Spain. If you are a resident should be changing to Spanish plates.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Katharine Bizzey

    Nicola
    I have first hand experience of importing a caravan to Spain.
    I am afraid your advice falls way short of the actual procedure.

    • Jane

      Hi Katharine

      Nicola will be in touch to hear more about your experience. Thanks for your feedback.

      Jane

  • Stephanie Mitchell

    We are looking at buying a UK caravan that is currently in Spain. We are Spanish residents with a TIE and drive a Spanish car that has a tow bar which was factory fitted in Spain. We want to register the caravan onto a red number plate. What is the procedure and how much would it cost?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Stephanie,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      To import the caravan and obtain the red plates, is the same process as to import a car. The only difference is the colour of the registration plates. We will contact you directly to discuss this matter further,

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Anthony o Leary

    Hi I would like more information about importing a 2008 Audi A4 convertible from lreland to my apartment in Sucina Murcia region in Spain costs and procedures Thanks.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Thank you for your enquiry, Anthony.

      We have received your enquiry via email also and replied to this directly.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • David

    Can you import a newish UK caravan into Spain and get it to Pass the ITV test if the door is on the UK side, I am a resident and have a Spanish driving licence

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon David,

      Can we ask where you are based in Spain please.

      Generally, if the vehicle passes its ITV, it will be imported to Spain. When it comes to importing caravans or campervans, it is best to contact your local ITV station to confirm what is required to pass the test.

      Please note if the vehicle is from the UK, it will be liable for customs and also import taxes which will make the process costly, especially if it is a new vehicle as the value will be higher. If you are based in the Alicante or Murcia region we can confirm the cost with a copy of the V5 and the purchase contract, also assist in finalising the process at trafico.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

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