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Importing a Vehicle

Italy - Importing a Vehicle


Driving in and around Italy is a unique experience on its own for expats. Many of them purchase or rent their own vehicles for better mobility. Some expats choose to bring in a car, van, bike or even a motor-home from their home country instead of buying or hiring one locally.

Getting an automobile into Italy from another EU nation is relatively easier in terms of customs and regulations. However, importing a vehicle from a non-EU country will attract certain duties, taxes and fees. The Italian government levies charges such as import duties as well as taxes on all goods that are brought in from outside the EU and this includes automobiles.

Importing vehicles from the EU

EU nationals can import a vehicle from their home country without paying any tax or VAT. Cars, vans and bikes that are more than 6 months old or have recorded more than 6,000 kilometers on the odometer are considered “used”. Any automobile that doesn’t meet these criteria is regarded as “new” and is subject to 21% VAT. The documents required for importing a vehicle from an EU country include:

The completed TT2119 Form (can be downloaded from http://www.ilportaledellautomobilista.it/Moduli/app)
Passport (carta di identita) copies
Tax Code (codice fiscal) card copies
Registration papers or Certificate of Permanent Export with Italian translation (original & copies)
Roadworthiness Test Certificate issued by an authorized test center with Italian translation
Technical specification issued by the manufacturer stating the conformity with EU regulation
Receipts for all the necessary fees

There may be additional charges for acquiring these documents.

Importing vehicles from outside the EU

Expats can import a vehicle from outside the EU without any taxes, as long as they have owned it for at least a year. Custom duties of 11% and VAT of 21% are levied on cars that are less than a year old. The paperwork for getting an automobile from a non-EU nation includes:

The completed TT2119 Form (can be downloaded from http://www.ilportaledellautomobilista.it/Moduli/app)
Passport (carta di identita) copies
Vehicle Registration document with Italian translation (original & copies)
Certificate of Origin (certificato di origine) for vehicles that have never been registered (original & copies)
Technical specification issued by the manufacturer stating the conformity with EU regulation
Custom forms and certificates (bolletta e certificati doganali)
Receipts for all the necessary fees

Registration

Vehicles with (valid) international plates can only be used on a short-term basis in Italy. Expats planning to use their imported automobile for a longer period of time need to get it registered with the Provincial Motorization (Motorizzazione Civile) Office within 6 months of its arrival in the country. Some of the contact details are:

Motorizzazione Civile di Roma/ Torino
Toll Free Numbers: 1 800 232 323 / 1 848 782 782
URL: http://www.motorizzazioneroma.it / http://www.motorizzazionetorino.it

Motorizzazione Civile di Trento
Tel: +39 0461 492002
Fax: +39 0461 492047
URL: http://www.motorizzazione.provincia.tn.it

Motorizzazione Civile di Firenze
Tel: +39 055 30681
Fax: +39 055 3068231

According to the laws implemented by the Italian Ministry of Transport, only the locals and Italian residents can get their vehicles registered in this country. The registration procedure is quite complicated and time-consuming:

First, the automobile’s registration with Traffic Control Authorities in the home country needs to be cancelled, after which a Cancellation Certificate and a Technical Specification form are issued.
Then, the vehicle can be driven or brought to Italy with a provisional number plate that has been issued by the Traffic Control Authorities.
Finally, the automobile has to pass a local test which ensures that it conforms to technical norms followed in Italy. A certificate of conformity is issued to cars, vans, bikes and motor-homes that clear the test.

The documents required for registration purposes include:

Residence proof
Proof of cancellation from Traffic Control Authorities in the home country
Technical specification form
The completed TT2119 Form (can be downloaded from http://www.ilportaledellautomobilista.it/Moduli/app)
Technical specification issued by the manufacturer stating the conformity with EU regulation
Vehicle Registration document with Italian translation (original & copies)
Roadworthiness Test Certificate with Italian translation (not needed for vehicles used in EU countries)

After the Italian registration is issued, the vehicle needs to be entered into the Public Vehicle Registry (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico or PRA) within 60 days. The PRA is run by the Italian Automobile Club (Automobile Club d’Italia). Public Support Offices (Servizi Relazioni con il Pubblico) for PRA have been set up in most of the major cities and town. For a detailed list, call or log on to:

Automobile Club d’Italia
Toll Free Numbers: 1 800 803 116 / 000 116
URL: http://www.aci.it


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