Import of motor vehicles into the CR
IMPORT OF MOTOR VEHICLES INTO THE CZECH REPUBLIC, REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION Prior to registration of a motor vehicle imported into the Czech Republic the vehicle must be inspected by the Technical Inspection Unit. The certificate issued by this Unit remains valid for three months for the
IMPORT OF MOTOR VEHICLES INTO THE CZECH REPUBLIC,
REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION
Prior to registration of a motor vehicle imported into the Czech Republic the vehicle must be inspected by the Technical Inspection Unit. The certificate issued by this Unit remains valid for three months for the purpose of registration.
When importing five or less vehicles of the same type per year, an individual inspection is required for each vehicle based on the request of the individual importer (usually a person). If more than five vehicles are imported per year, the inspection of the respective type of vehicle is executed at the request of the producer or importer (usually a legal entity) and no further inspections are necessary for import of vehicles of the same type as those previously approved.
If the vehicle meetes the requirements set forth by Regulation No. 102/1995 Coll., it may then be registred by the Transport Inspectorate of the Czech Republic. The basic requirements for the registration of motor vehicles in the Czech Republic are:
- proper technical condition including a low emission rate (a catalytic converter is not mandatory)
- technical specification of the vehicle
- vehicle operating manual.
Various special requirements apply for registration in the Czech Republic such as side-view mirrors on both sides of the vehicle, a lockable gasoline tank, a steering wheel on the left hand side only, etc. It is highly recommended to contact the Transport Inspectorate in the respective city or the Police Department of the Ministry of Interior before the import of a vehicle into the Czech Republic takes place. The address is:
Policie České republiky, Správa hl. m. Prahy
Sekce služby dopravní policie: Kongresová 2, 140 00 Praha 4, Czech Republic, telephone: 011-420-2-6142 5383, or 011-420-2-6141 1111, fax: 011-420-2-6118 5336
The registration of a vehicle is not valid until its technical conditions meet all the requirements as mentioned above. Registration enables the owner to travel abroad with the vehicle.
The possibility of import duty exemption for vehicles shipped to the Czech Republic in some cases is governed by Decree No. 93/1993 Coll. and the basic condition requires that the car in question is used by the owner moving to the Czech Republic at least six months before its shipment to the Czech Republic.
The registration of vehicles imported by foreigners into the Czech Republic is not mandatory providing if the vehicle does not stay (is not driven) in the Czech Republic for a period exceeding one year.
Such vehicles will be cleared by customs for temporary importation duty-free on the condition that they serve to meet the personal needs of the persons during their stay in the Czech Republic and will be exported from the country upon their departure.
Los Angeles, Febuary 4, 2005
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