How do I change my vehicle onto Spanish plates?

*It is important to note that vehicles imported to Spain from the UK after 1st January 2021 will be subject to pay IVA (VAT) on the value of the vehicle plus the relevant customs charges.  The value is determined by the DGT/Hacienda.  IVA in Spain is set at 21% so this could increase the cost.

With that in mind, if you wish for us to give you a quote, please send a photo of your logbook to us and let us know which village/town you live in (this is to calculate and pay the relevant road tax)

Please also note that this is a service that we can only offer in the Marina Alta due to the logistics of the process.


Process of importing a vehicle

Really, we have to think of the importation process as having two parts. Firstly, the vehicle has to pass the ITV (MOT). In order to do this, we have to take various factors into account. The vehicle (if it’s a car) will need:

– To have a European conformity certificate or a ‘ficha técnica reducida’ (an engineers report).
– To have the headlights changed or adjusted to dip in the correct direction.
– To have the rear fog light fitted on the correct side
– To have the speedometer in KM/H (some older/classic cars don’t have this)
– To remove any tow bar fittings or modifications that were not made by the manufacturar (there can be some exceptions to this rule).

Once the vehicle complies with regulations, it is then necessary to take all of the vehicle paperwork to the ITV office to book an appointment for an importation (as well as hand in the documents).

You return on the appointment date and hopefully the vehicle passes the ITV.

If it passes, you are then requested to return to collect your new Spanish log book and other vehicle paperwork (usually after a week or so).

This is when the second part of the process begins:

Registration with the DGT

For this process you have to register the vehicle with the central DGT office. This involves booking an appointment, taking all of the relevant paperwork and then paying all of the necessary taxes. These taxes include:

– Spanish importation tax (based on the value and characteristics of the vehicle).
– Road tax (based on where you live).
– A tax which the DGT charges for processing the importation.

(Add IVA  and customs charges for UK vehicle)

If all of the paperwork is accepted, it is just a case of waiting for your new registration number to be issued.

Once you have all of the documents back, you will then have to order number plates for your new registration and insure the vehicle.

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