A car import from a EU country is not subject to customs duty or import sales tax unless the car is ‘new’. A vehicle is considered "new" if it is less than 6 months old and has been driven less than 6,000 kilometers. If you are bringing a new car into Germany you have ten days to submit and pay the 19% German VAT at your local tax office (Finanzamt). If you paid VAT in the country of purchase already, you can get a reimbursement once you have registered the car in Germany.

In order to register the imported car/vehicle you need the following:

  • Passport or national ID card (driver’s license is not enough)
  • Proof of official address registration in Germany (Meldebescheinigung)
  • Proof of German car insurance (eVB Nummer)
  • Proof of ownership (e.g. purchase agreement)
  • If you register a new car: Proof of VAT payment from the local tax office
  • Original vehicle registration papers
  • Current license plates (if car is currently registered)
  • If your car is older than 3 years: Proof of inspection (TÜV / Hauptuntersuchung)
  • CoC papers (Certificate of Conformity)
  • German bank account for the automatic withdrawal of car taxes
  • Admission application - check the website of your local car registration office
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