If you have
decided to import a vehicle or buy your car in Europe, there are some
formalities that you will need to take care. You will definitely need a
certificate of conformity for the registration of your car in your country of
Your vehicle may
be register in your country of primary residence. You will not be able to
register your vehicle in a country where you have a holiday home or second home.
To register your
vehicle, a certificate will be required for new or used cars. Only car
manufacturers can deliver the certificate of conformity or European certificate
of conformity, also called coc. The certificate gives all the technical details
of your car and if it meets environmental and safety standards.
Is there a European certificate of conformity for all vehicles in Europe?
If you have a car that has a valid
certificate, then no additional technical document will be requested by
national authorities, unless the vehicle has been modified after leaving the
factory. Some cars do not have European approval number type and therefore no
valid certificate of conformity. In this case, you need to ask a national
identification certificate. What is a European certificate of conformity?
The certificate of conformity or coc is valid in all European countries. When
you register a car that has already register by you or by another owner in a
different country, then you would have to present the certificate of conformity
in another prefecture or registration organization to obtain a new
registration. As the COC has all necessary and essential information to the
vehicle, the registration process is quick and efficient.
When you register a vehicle, you need to
show proof that your car has an insurance cover. The insurance company should
be any European country but must cover you for a determined period. The
documents that will be asked in the prefecture are: - Proof of ownership of the
vehicle - Tax clearance - Technical control less than 6 months - Proof of
identity and residence A VAT exemption tax is possible on vehicles of more than
6 months with over 6000km . COCS is a European certification body of the
vehicle and provided to individuals and professionals of European compliance
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