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How to register an imported car with foreign license plates?

All owners of imported vehicles with EU license plates are required to register their vehicles with the local municipality with the exception of those who stay in the Czech Republic for a period shorter than 185 days.

To register an imported car, you first need a Czech temporary/long-term/permanent residence card. Read the guide Residence permits to find out more on that topic.

After that process comes the following:

  • Step 1) Imported cars need a technical inspection with State Technical Control (STK1 ) for fuel limits and eligibility for Czech roads and issued couple protocols for an imported car. These three documents (Technický protokol pro dovoz s přílohou, Protokol před schválením technické způsobilosti, Emisní protokol) must be made in your name. Such a service will cost you around 2 500 CZK.
  • Step 2) By law your car must be insured by Povinné ručení – mandatory liability insurance2.
  • Step 3) When you have your original registration books, technical control protocols, documents regarding your residency, and insurance ready, go to the Brno city hall Section of Vehicle License and Registration Oddělení evidence motorových vozidel on Kounicova 67. First, you will be issued a Czech technical protocol and ideally the same day you are ready to get license plates. The registration fee is 800+1.500 CZK for cars less than 10 years old, older cars pay eco-tax.

1. Appointments can be made with DEKRA (Opavská) or STK Brno (Vídeňská) or STK Královo Pole (Sladkovského) or any other STK station. Both technical check and fuel check cost from 3.000 to 5.000 CZK.

2. The mandatory insurance can be purchased with (English speaking) Uniqa office in Brno or any insurance company for about five to ten thousand CZK a year.

How to change the owner of the car on papers?

Both the new and the original owner need to visit the registry, or a power of attorney (with notarized signature) from the non-present part is needed.
You need to bring

  • Czech ID / residence cards
  • both “small” and “big” technical documents for the car
  • registration inspection “evidenční kontrola” from an STK garage1 not older 30 days
  • a valid green insurance card for mandatory limited liability insurance2 in name of either of the old owner or the new owner
  • power of attorney “plná moc” (of the non-present part)

The registration form can be filled out at the office. And when you pay 800,- (cash or card), the technical documents for the vehicle will be updated (big) or replaced (small) on the spot. You can just keep the original licence plates. Or you can apply for new license plates for an additional 400,-.

1. Appointments can be made with DEKRA (Opavská) or STK Brno (Vídeňská) or STK Královo Pole (Sladkovského) or any other STK station.

2. The mandatory insurance can be purchased with (English speaking) Uniqa office in Brno or any insurance company for about five to ten thousand CZK a year.

How to change my address on car papers?

The change of the address on the technical documents of the vehicle should be reported within 10 days.

First, you need to report the change of address with the Immigration office and get a confirmation of the new address from them.

Then take the residence card, confirmation of the new address from the Immigration office, both technical documents for the car and go to the car registry office.

The form can be filled out at the office or download the form “Zadost o zapis zmen udaju z registru silnicnich vozidel”.

You pay 50 CZK for the change.

How to register an imported car with foreign license plates?

All owners of imported vehicles from outside of the EU are required to register their vehicles with the local municipality with the exception of those who stay in the Czech Republic for a period shorter than 185 days.

To register an imported car, you first need a Czech temporary/long-term/permanent residence card. Read the guide Residence permits to find out more on that topic.

After that process comes the following:

  • 1) Vehicles imported from outside of the EU have to go through customs clearance first. It is helpful if you have the Transit document for the car from the first EU entry point. But you can do it without such document in Brno too. Once you are in Brno, you can hire a customs agent who would help you with this step. You can contact one of the following: Celní agentura Brno, Celní jednatelství Zelinka. The usual fee is about 1,000 CZK.
  • Step 2) Imported cars need a technical inspection with State Technical Control (STK1 ) for fuel limits and eligibility for Czech roads and issued couple protocols for an imported car. These three documents (Technický protokol pro dovoz s přílohou, Protokol před schválením technické způsobilosti, Emisní protokol) must be made in your name. Such a service will cost you around 2 500 CZK.
  • Step 3) By law your car must be insured by Povinné ručení – mandatory liability insurance2.
  • Step 3) When you have your original registration books, technical control protocols, documents regarding your residency, and insurance ready, go to the Brno city hall Section of Vehicle License and Registration Oddělení evidence motorových vozidel on Kounicova 67. First, you will be issued a Czech technical protocol and ideally the same day you are ready to get license plates. The registration fee is 800+1.500 CZK for cars less than 10 years old, older cars pay eco-tax.

1. Appointments can be made with DEKRA (Opavská) or STK Brno (Vídeňská) or STK Královo Pole (Sladkovského) or any other STK station. Both technical check and fuel check cost from 3.000 to 5.000 CZK.

2. The mandatory insurance can be purchased with (English speaking) Uniqa office in Brno or any insurance company for about five to ten thousand CZK a year.

How to change the owner of the car on papers?

Both the new and the original owner need to visit the registry, or a power of attorney (with notarized signature) from the non-present part is needed.
You need to bring

  • Czech ID / residence cards
  • both “small” and “big” technical documents for the car
  • registration inspection “evidenční kontrola” from an STK garage1 not older 30 days
  • a valid green insurance card for mandatory limited liability insurance2 in name of either of the old owner or the new owner
  • power of attorney “plná moc” (of the non-present part)

The registration form can be filled out at the office. And when you pay 800,- (cash or card), the technical documents for the vehicle will be updated (big) or replaced (small) on the spot. You can just keep the original licence plates. Or you can apply for new license plates for an additional 400,-.

1. Appointments can be made with DEKRA (Opavská) or STK Brno (Vídeňská) or STK Královo Pole (Sladkovského) or any other STK station.

2. The mandatory insurance can be purchased with (English speaking) Uniqa office in Brno or any insurance company for about five to ten thousand CZK a year.

How to change my address on car papers?

The change of the address on the technical documents of the vehicle should be reported within 10 days.

First, you need to report the change of address with the Immigration office and get a confirmation of the new address from them.

Then take the residence card, confirmation of the new address from the Immigration office, both technical documents for the car and go to the car registry office.

The form can be filled out at the office or download the form “Zadost o zapis zmen udaju z registru silnicnich vozidel”.

You pay 50 CZK for the change.

General info

The registration of a car can take place at any municipal office, not necessarily the one where you live. In Brno, the responsible office is Magistrát města Brna at Kounicova 67 (Office hours and website).

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