How To Register An Imported Vehicle In Ukraine
This page will detail the essential things to know when registering an imported vehicle in Ukraine. The first section will cover the process, including the documents you’ll need, as well as the relevant timelines and nuances of the registration tax. The second section covers information about driving in Ukraine, including some resources to help you navigate the roads while you figure things out, or if you just need a refresher on some of the local road signs.
Vehicle Registration Documents & Tips
The process of registering a car or other type of vehicle in Ukraine can be a little complicated, depending on your resident status, as well as whether you’re importing on a temporary or permanent basis. Below you’ll find the basic guidelines for the paperwork required to register a vehicle that has been imported for permanent use, as well as some information about the limits of regulations pertaining to temporary imports.
- Customs clearance papers
- Proof of registration in home country
- License plate & registration payment
- Passport (copy okay)
- Foreign license plates
- Visa if applicable
- Proof of insurance
Ukrainian vehicle registration tax is higher on vehicles that have a large engine capacity, as well as those that are more than eight years old. The ability to speak Ukrainian is necessary when applying for registration, either temporary or permanent. If you do not have a good grasp of the language, it’s advised that you hire someone to help you iron out the finer details of registering a foreign vehicles as a nonresident.
For vehicles that are temporarily imported, the available information is inconsistent as to how long you can drive on foreign plates before having to apply for local registration. Some resources say two months, some say 60 days, and others state that you could be subject to fines after just 10 days.
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Driving In Ukraine & Helpful Vehicle Resources
Driving in Ukraine can be challenging, especially during the winter and in certain areas where the roads are not kept in good condition. Some of the less populated areas may be more easily handled that vehicles that have off-road capability, whereas a standard vehicle may have some issues with the ruggedness of the roads.
Drivers can also be aggressive in comparison to other European countries, so it is advised that those who are inexperienced driving in the country take extra caution. In the resources section below, there is a link to a helpful guide to understanding the local road signs and what they mean.
Ukraine Registration & Driving Resources
Understanding Ukrainian Road Signs (PDF) - This PDF has a thorough breakdown of the road signs of Ukraine, with explanations in both English and Ukrainian, as well as a visual of what the signs look like. A terrific help for anyone that’s revisiting the roadways of Ukraine, or driving them for the first time.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vehicle Registration Documents - A great step-by-step guide to what’s required to register or deregister a vehicle in Ukraine. The sections are broken down into specific areas that apply to a variety of circumstances and residency statuses.
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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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