Italy Vehicle Registration Process | Imported Vehicle Registration
This page explains the details of the process of registering an imported vehicle in Italy. As with most western European nations, importing a car, truck, or motorcycle from the U.S. is easier than it is some other parts of the world, largely due to the harmonization of E.U. auto standards.
Vehicles imported into Italy from the U.S. must have a certificate of origin from the manufacturer of the vehicle. The best method of getting the certificate is to contact the U.S. automaker or dealership directly. In addition to the certificate or origin, you will also be required to provide the following documents:
- Vehicle registration (original & copy, as well as Italian translation)
- Roadworthiness certificate (original & copy)
- Customs form
- Original vehicle title and copy
- Technical specifications form
- Passport & copies
- Receipts for applicable payments
If you’d like to know more about shipping a vehicle to Italy from the United States, click here to visit our overseas transport page for the country! You’ll find information about the cost of shipping a car to Italy, what documents you’ll need to get it done, and what sort of shipping options you have.
Vehicle Inspection & Value Added Tax In Italy
Inspection & Conformity
Any car imported into Italy must first pass an inspection test before it can be registered. Once the technical assessment has been made, you will receive a certificate of conformity, assuming the vehicle passes inspection. For temporary imports, vehicles brought in from the U.S. have a six month period in which they can be used without paying duties. After the six month window has passed, the vehicle must be shipped out of the country or registered locally, in which case taxes and duties must be paid.
When a vehicle is imported to Italy, the owner must pay both a duty and value added tax (VAT). The duty on automobiles is currently 11% of the value of the vehicle with the VAT being applied at 21%. In addition to the exemption mentioned above for temporary imports, Italian residents importing a car can do so duty free if they’ve owned it for a year or more.
Italian Driving & Registration Resources
Driving In Italy - A guide to driving in Italy from the U.S. embassy that covers both public and private transportation, as well information about permits and traffic.
Registering A Vehicle In Italy - An Italian resource that explains in some detail what’s involved in the registration process. It includes information about expected payments and which local offices you’ll need to contact.
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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 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, 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.
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