Questions and Answers
Road Safety - Car registration
When and where
- I spend half my week in the country where I’m resident and the other half working in another EU country, which I drive to. Where should I register my car?
- I’m Italian and every year I take a three-month holiday in my second home in the French Alps, taking my car with me. Can I register my car in France?
- I’m Slovak. If I buy a new car in Hungary, do I have to register it there?
- I’m Slovak. If I buy a second-hand car in Hungary, do I have to register it there?
- I’m a Polish student, enrolled on a two-year Master’s course in the UK. Do I have to register my car there?
- I’m working in another EU country on a ten-month temporary contract, after which I’ll be returning home. Do I have to register my car in that country?
NO - just tell the German vendor you are going to register the car in another country. You will then pay VAT in Holland only.
If you’re commuting regularly like this, you can keep the car registered in your country of residence.
NO - you can only register your car in the country where you are permanently resident.
NO - you can obtain registration plates from Slovakia, on the strength of the certificate of conformity, before going to Hungary and then you can drive home using them.
NO - you can obtain registration plates from Slovakia, on the strength of the Hungarian registration document based on the harmonised European model and of a valid technical inspection certificate, before going to Hungary and then you can drive home using them.
NO - if the sole purpose of your stay is to study.
YES - if you also start working during your stay.
YES - because your stay is longer than six months.