Importing a Vehicle

Find out how to import a car to Hungary and get it registered on the roads, and the documents required when bringing a car for personal use in Hungary...

Foreign residents in Hungary can use their car for up to six months, after which registration is obligatory. To register a foreign car, a person must have both a tax number (Adószám) and an Address Card (Lakcímkártya). Registering a foreign car is quite expensive and the process can take up to a week. There are several agents specialising in the paperwork involved.

In addition, owners of cars registered outside the EU also have to pay duties when importing a vehicle.

Technical Test

The first step in the registration process is having the car checked at a technical test station. Only a car which meets European standards can pass the technical test and be imported into Hungary. The current environment standard is the Euro 4 and the car must have a catalytic converter.

If a car fails the technical test, it can either be brought up to standard or used for spare parts.

There are two certified test stations (Járm?honosításra Felhatalmazott Vizsgálóállomás) in Budapest:

  • At: 1033 Budapest, Mozaik u. 5
    Tel: (01) 430 2718
  • At: 1195 Budapest, Vas Gereben u. 2-4
    Tel: (01) 348 2060

An appointment, which can be booked over the telephone, can take a few hours and includes the following steps:

  • The registration procedure is started
  • The car is tested for safety
  • The vehicle's documents are checked
  • Payment of the fee for the test

The following documents are required:

  • ID card or passport
  • Address Card
  • The car's original registration papers. If the car is from outside the EU, then an official translation is required
  • Proof that the car is no longer registered in the country of origin. If the car is still registered in the country of origin, the Hungarian authority can start the deregistration procedure

Registration Tax

If the car passes the technical test, then the next step is the customs office where registration tax is issued. This tax is calculated according to the following criteria:

  • Age of the car
  • Size of the engine
  • Fuel type
  • To calculate registration tax: Click here

If the car is being imported from outside the EU, duties are issued as well. If the car is new, VAT (ÁFA) of 27 percent is also due.

  • To find the nearest customs office: Click here (PDF)

Once Customs has calculated all the taxes and duties, the amount has to be paid, generally by bank transfer. It is advisable to use OTP bank as it is the bank of the Tax Office (NAV) and the transfer is instant. Most Customs offices have "mini banks" on their premises. Once the payment is received, Customs issues the necessary papers for registration.

The final step is to go to the local Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services (Önkormányzati Okmányiroda) where the car can finally be registered.

New number plates and registration papers (forgalmi igazolvány) are issued on the spot, while a registration card (gépjármu törzslap) is sent later by post.

There is a fee for the registration papers and the number plates.

Motorbikes and Scooters

The same procedure applies to motorbikes and scooters. Duties and taxes, however, are lower.