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Estonia Vehicle Registration Process

Estonia Vehicle Registration Process | A-1 Auto Transport

Vehicles shipped to Estonia can be registered at any Estonian Road Administration bureau (see link at the bottom of this page). The Estonian Road Administration differentiates between new and used vehicles, but the procedure of registration is more or less the same and requires the following documents.

Vehicle Registration Process & Required Documents

  • Roadworthiness test
  • Application form
  • Proof of ownership
  • Certificate of conformity
  • Customs documentation

Estonian Taxes On Imported Vehicles

There is not much an import tax on vehicle shipped to Estonia, provided the vehicle is registered within the first five days of your arrival and you gain residency status within the first 12 months. Generally speaking the registration process is a little easier for cars that are more common, whereas it may take a little longer with less popular models or classic vehicles.

If you’d like more information or have questions about shipping and registering a car in Estonia, we have another resource you might find helpful on our international shipping page. We are happy to field your questions and offer FREE cost estimates for any type of vehicle shipment to Estonia.


A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.


Roadworthiness Test | Registering A Vehicle In Estonia

The roadworthiness test is one of the biggest obstacles for people shipping a vehicle to Estonia. The reason being that it’s not a typical requirement in the U.S. and tends to fall more in line with a mechanical inspection. For newly registered vehicles, the roadworthiness inspection will be done on initial registration, four years from that date, and every two years thereafter.

Estonian Roadworthiness Test

Every vehicle must have an EU roadworthiness certificate, which means for most people shipping a car to Estonia, they will have to have the following checked on their vehicle:

  • Windshield wiper and windshield
  • Lights, including headlamps, brakes, turn signals and hazard lights
  • Tires
  • Mirrors
  • Seat belts
  • Steering column & wheel
  • Brakes & suspension
  • Emission inspection

For more information about the vehicle inspection and roadworthiness test, see the link below for the European Commission.

Vehicle Resources For Estonia

Estonian Road Administration – The road administration website for the Republic of Estonia includes several helpful links and informational pages about driving, licensing, permits, and foreign vehicles.

European Commission Vehicle Inspection – The mobility and transport section of the website has information about vehicle inspections as well as a number of other vehicle related services.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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