Importing a Vehicle to Malta

Find out about importing and registering a car in Malta, and the documents required...

Visitors to Malta are permitted to drive their cars and ride their motorcycles for a total of six months out of every 12. However, residents of Malta are not allowed to drive a vehicle with foreign registration plates on the islands without prior permission from Transport Malta.

The owner of an imported vehicle has seven days to register it with the Maltese authorities. A fine can be imposed for every day beyond the seven that it remains unregistered.

Registering an Imported Vehicle

Vehicle registration and licensing is administered by the Land Transport Directorate in Floriana. Imported vehicles are subject to a registration tax, based on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, particulate emissions (for diesel vehicles) and length.

A printed version of the registration tax amount due must be presented to the licensing authorities when submitting the application to register an imported vehicle. Vehicles less than six months old or that have travelled less than 6,000 Km are also subject to VAT.

Procedure

The vehicle owner or Motor Car Dealer must login the Online Registration system and licence the vehicle. After registering the vehicle the requested documents, original log book and registration tax valuation  must be taken by appointment only, to the Land Transport Directorate.

Transport Malta has comprehensive details on how to register a vehicle (PDF)

  • To book an appointment telephone Transport Malta (Monday to Friday 07:30-15:30)                   Tel: 25565127 / 99436320
Transport Malta - Land Transport Directorate At: A3 Towers, Triq l-Arkata, Paola PLA 1212, Malta Tel: 21 222203 Fax: 21255740 email
Once these documents have been endorsed, owners must present them at the Licensing Unit (open Monday to Friday 07:30–12:00).
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit At: Hornworks Ditch, Floriana
The following documents are required
  • The completed registration application forms
  • A valid Notice of Arrival, such as a ferry ticket or freight note, which confirms the vehicle's registration details
  • If a private vehicle is more than four years old, it also will need a current certificate of roadworthiness, for example the Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (VRT) certificate issued in Malta, or from another EU member state
  • Commercial vehicles up to 3,500kg, which are more than two years old will also need a current certificate of roadworthiness
  • A valid insurance policy in the name of the person to whom the vehicle will be registered
  • Both original foreign front and rear number plates, removed from the vehicle
  • The means to pay all fees, including the inspection fee, registration fee, annual circulation fee and registration tax
  • Private vehicles will also need an Odometer Certificate of Authenticity issued by an approved body.

Vehicles from non-EU countries

In addition to the documents above, imported vehicles from non-EU countries also need to provide:
  • Customs Inspection Form (VEH 05)
  • Single Vehicle Type Approval (SVA)
Vehicles from Japan and Singapore also require an Odometer Certificate.

Registering a Classic Vehicle

A vehicle can be only be deemed classic, vintage or veteran in Malta if it is at least 30 years old and is classified as such by the island's vintage classification committee.

The committee, which is appointed by the island's licensing authorities, classifies vehicles as classic, vintage or veteran according to established criteria and calculates a vehicle's registration value for tax purposes.

To register a vehicle as classic, vintage or veteran, the owner must complete the following forms:

  • An application for the Certification of Motor Vehicles as Classic, Vintage or Veteran Vehicles form – Form VEH 15 (PDF)
  • An application form to inspect and determine the registration value (RV) of a used motor vehicle to be registered as Classic, Vintage or Veteran – Form VEH 15A (PDF)
These forms must then be submitted in person to the Land Transport Directorate, along with:
  • The original log book
  • A valid Notice of Arrival, such as a ferry ticket or freight notice, which confirms the vehicle's registration details
  • An invoice, proving ownership of the vehicle
  • Five recent non-returnable photographs taken from the front, rear, engine bay, side and interior of the vehicle. Registration plates must be clearly visible in photographs taken from front and rear. In the case of motorcycles, only four photographs are required, taken from the front, rear, and both sides. Again, registration plates must be clearly visible
Once the vintage classification committee has approved the vehicle's classification, it will send a letter confirming the amount of registration tax to be paid. From this point, the owner of the vehicle has 20 days to register it, or be liable for a fine for each day over the 20 days it remains unregistered.