As greater numbers of Europeans travel, live, and work abroad, the question "where do I have to register my car?" has become more difficult to answer. People who buy a car in another country and want to take it back to their home country usually face complex and burdensome registration procedures. The obligation to register a motor vehicle in another country when it is already registered in the country of origin has been a source of complaints and court cases for many years. In response, the European Commission has proposed simpler car re-registration rules.
The proposal was adopted by the Commission on 4 April 2012. As no agreement was reached with the European Parliament and with the Council of the European Union, the Commission withdrew the proposal on 3 July 2018. The Commission will reassess the issue.
IMPORTANT – this proposal would not change: