How to Register a Foreign Vehicle in Croatia: A Complete Guide

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What is it?

It is the official process of obtaining a Croatian license plate for a vehicle previously registered in another country.

Who needs it?

Any expats living in Croatia, who have imported cars from the home country or have bought a car from another country need to get it registered.


  1. Ensure the vehicle is covered by Croatian car insurance.
  2. Arrange for a vehicle safety inspection and receive the ‘Roadworthiness Certificate’ (Potvrda o tehničkoj ispravnosti vozila).
  3. Translate foreign vehicle documents into Croatian through an official translator.
  4. Apply for the registration of the foreign vehicle at a local police station in Croatia.

Required Documents

  • Valid passport and Croatian residency permit
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Foreign vehicle registration paper
  • Valid car insurance
  • Roadworthiness certificate

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Additional details

Every vehicle registered in Croatia should pass an annual technical inspection. Also, note that you need to report the registration of your foreign vehicle to Croatian authorities within 15 days to avoid fines. If you are importing a new vehicle into Croatia, consider that you may have to pay VAT and car tax. It’s worth checking whether these tasks can be done by a third party if you are not fluent in Croatian.


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