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Import a car into Malta

The following is a short explanation of the procedure for importing a car into Malta. It is important to get this right and to be aware of the tasks to complete before leaving and the potential costs when importing and registering the car in Malta. Do not assume that bringing your car to Malta will be financially viable. Malta has very high registration taxes on most cars. This is especially true if the car to be imported is an older model or one with high emissions. Very often the registration tax can be more than the cost of the vehicle. It is also worthwhile checking the "annual circulation tax" which is the tax you will pay every year to keep the car on the road. This is also dependant on the age and emmissions of the car and can seem quite extortionate.

Decide if worthwhile importing car into Malta

Visit the following website: Transport Malta Vehicle Valuation
Here you can enter the details of the car you would like to import and find out how much the registration tax of the imported car would be.

Look at the following document Transport Malta Annual Circulation License
This displays the "annual circulation tax" (the yearly fee for keeping the car on the road).
Note: The tables at the beginning of the document are NOT the current fees. These are for pre 2009 registered cars and look very reasonable. Go to page 3 onwards to see the current fees. These are based on the emmissions and age of the car.

Procedure for importing a car in Malta

1) Before leaving the UK make sure you have the Jevic odometer verification certificate. 2) Don't forget to bring the car licensing documentation to Malta.

3) On the final ferry to Malta be sure to keep the receipt/boarding card showing the registration number of the car you are importing. You will need this later to prove when you entered Malta.

4) Take the car on for VRT. This is the equivalent of the UK MOT or German TUV, although not as strict. This can be done on foreign plates. The tester will enter the VIN (Vehicle identification number) on the document.

2) Visit the following website Transport Malta Vehicle Valuationand search for the manufacture and make the car you are importing. There you will see the valuation of the car and amount of registration tax payable. print out this page showing the amount.

3) Take the printout together with your car registration documents to the vehicle licensing offive in Floriana. There the car will be looked at and the valuation confirmed.

4) Insure the car in Malta. This can be done whilst the imported car is still on its foreign plates. Again the VIN is used on the document. Some insurance companies will recognise your no claims bonus from your foreign certificate of insurance and you will provide the final proof of insurance once you cancel the foreign insurance. Others may start the insurance without no claims bonus but will refund once you provide the final proof of cancellation of the foreign insurance.

5) Phone your foreign insurance company and inform them that you have moved to Malta and are exporting the car. They should cancel the insurance immediately and send a confirmation letter (including no claims bonus) to your address in Malta.

6) Go to the vehicle registration office. Here the rest of the procedure can be completed in one go. You need the following documents:

a) ID
b) Foreign Registration documentation
c) Jevic Certificate
d) Approved valuation of vehicle
e) Boarding card/ticket from ferry showing license number
f) Proof of local insurance
g) Cash or card to pay the registration tax

You will now hand in your foreign plates and receive maltese ones. Remember if you have a trailer with you to order an extra plate for this.

7) Notify the authorities in the country where your imported car was previously registered that you have re-registered in Malta. For UK this simply involves detaching the "Notification of permanent export" part of the V5C registration document and sending it off.

8) Supply the new registration details to the insurance company in Malta.

9) When your proof on no-claims arrives from your previous insurance company hand this in to the maltese insurance company.

10) When you finally receive your residency card you may need to provide a copy for the insurance company as well.


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