Buying a New Car in Malta
Information on the paperwork and processes involved when buying a new car in Malta...
Used cars for sale are available through dealerships, or may be advertised for sale in the classified sections of newspapers, automobile magazines and websites, such as:
An accurate valuation for registration purposes can be calculated online on the Motor Vehicle Registration website (eReg).
Roadworthiness CertificateA valid vehicle roadworthiness certificate is required for the transfer of a vehicle only if the road licence has expired.
Transport Malta has more on the vehicle roadworthiness certificate test
Transfer of OwnershipThe buyer and seller must sign and fill the back part of the Vehicle Registration Certificate in the presence of a witness and present it at the Land Transport Directorate offices
- Transport Malta - Land Transport Directorate
- At: A3 Towers, Triq l-Arkata, Paola PLA 1212, Malta Tel: 21 222203 Fax: 21255740 email Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-12:00
- Logbook signed by seller, buyer and witness
- Photocopy of identity documents of the buyer, seller and one witness
Any fees and outstanding penalties must be paid before the transfer takes place.
Alternatively, the buyer and seller can choose to fill in form VEH 50 (PDF) instead of signing the vehicle registration certificate. The VEH 50 form must be signed by the seller, buyer and a witness.
The witness signs to certify and confirm that the signatures of both the buyer and seller took place in their presence. In this case, the copies of the Identity cards are not needed for the transfer of ownership.
InheritanceTo transfer ownership when a vehicle has been inherited, download and complete the Transfer by Inheritance Form VEH 10 (PDF). Documents proving the inheritance of the vehicle must be signed by a notary or lawyer. These documents should then be taken to the Land Transport Directory with the following documents:
- Completed form VEH 10
- A valid insurance certificate in the name of the heir
- The means to pay any fees
Scrapping a Car in MaltaTo scrap a car, the owner must:
- Complete and sign Form VEH 13
- Present the completed form, along with the vehicle's Registration Certificate, owner's ID Card, registration number plates and road licence (if still valid), at the Land Transport Directorate
- Pay any necessary fees
Once a vehicle has been scrapped it cannot be re-registered.
- Find out more information, including details of approved destruction facilities (PDF)