When purchasing a Spanish registered vehicle in Spain,
you will need the following documentation. Proof of residency
(certificate of residence)NIE number, Escritua (deed) or rental
contract for a Spanish property.
Whether you´re intending on purchasing a car privately or
through a dealer, make sure of the following:
The vehicle has a current ITV test certificate
The chassis number is the same as that on the
registration document, this should be in the name of the
person selling the vehicle.
That you receive “a transfer of ownership” transferencia form from the person selling
the vehicle. This form is available from the provincial traffic department.
When purchasing a second hand in Spain you must obtain the following documents, from
Registration document (permiso de circulación) This is the Spanish equivalent of
the English registration document, and owners details have to be altered when the
vehicle has a new owner.
ITV test certificate, plus technical sheet, and a photocopy
Road tax receipt and photocopy
A receipt for the payment of transfer tax (8%) This is often paid by the purchaser,
so remember to add this to the purchase price. The tax is calculated by trafico department
and not negociable.
You have 15 days to register the vehicle in your name.
When purchasing a brand new car from a dealer, you will need to supply them with
a copy of your residencia, along with evidence of your address such as the deeds
or a rental contract.
The dealer will carry out the registration process with the traffico department,This
usually takes two working days. New cars do not need an ITV (MOT) for 4 years. The
vehicle should come with one year´s road tax, paid to the council, you will need
to check this.
On collection of your new vehicle, you will be given the registration document.