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Procedure of car purchase and registration by a foreignerPrint

I am a residence card holder. Can I buy a car and gift it to my son?

You may buy a car in Poland - there are no restrictions on car purchases by foreigners. You may also give your son the vehicle as a gift. In Poland, all gifts for closest family members, regardless of the value of the gift, are exempt from tax.

What is the procedure for registration of a new car purchased in Poland by a foreigner?

The matter is handled by the municipality.
 
The following documents are required:
 

- Application by the owner for registration of the vehicle;

- Proof of identity of the foreigner: the foreigner should be residing in Poland legally, must present a valid passport and proof of temporary residence (certificate of temporary residence address) in Poland (for inspection);

- Proof of ownership of the vehicle (proof of ownership is in particular one of the following: sales contract, contract of exchange, donation agreement, annuity contract,  VAT invoice, final court decision ruling on the matter of vehicle ownership);

- Vehicle history card, if it was issued;

- An excerpt from the certificate of approval of the vehicle type or a copy of a decision exempting the vehicle from approval.

- Proof of payment (including identifying characteristics of the vehicle: VIN number or car body, chassis or frame numbers) in the amount of 500 PLN for each vehicle imported into Poland or a statement of being subject to the obligation to secure cooperation with a network of car dismantling and salvage companies if the vehicle is being registered for the first time; it should be borne in mind that:

- a statement of being subject to the obligation to secure cooperation with a network of car dismantling and salvage companies is issued only by the vehicle importer;

- said declaration may be placed on the invoice.

- Proof of payment of stamp duty for the power of attorney, if it has been established.

In the case of a vehicle imported from the territory of an EU member state, one of the following documents should also be attached confirming:

- payment of excise duty on the territory of the country from which the vehicle is imported;


or


- proof of exemption from payment of excise duty on the territory of the country from which the vehicle is imported;

- a certificate stating the exemption from excise duty if the car was imported from the territory of an EU member state and is being registered for the first time;


- an invoice indicating the amount of excise duty.

Originals of the required accompanying documents should be submitted.

Documents written in a foreign language should be attached to the application, together with their translation into Polish by a sworn translator. The provision does not apply to a registration certificate issued by the competent authority of a member state, the Swiss Confederation or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in the relevant scope containing codes used in this certificate.

The responsible entity: Bureau of Administration and Citizens’ Affairs of the City or Municipality Office.

Deadline for responses:

Without delay – in cases that do not require collection of evidence, information or additional clarifications.

Up to 1 month – cases requiring investigation.

Up to 2 months - particularly complicated cases.

 

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