As Australians with no EU residency or passports, registering a car(or van in our case) is very difficult and seems near impossible. You can spend hours googling the internet and coming across articles with possible options, to then soon have your dreams crushed when you look into it more. We had gone through a list of so many countries and were ready to give up and rule out the possibility of registering a car, when Lockie came across the MT Plates option in Andorra. There is little information on it online but he was convinced it was doable and it was really our only shot at registering a car in Europe. We bought our 2014 Ford Transit in the Netherlands and got 14 day export plates so we could legally drive it to Andorra and start the registration process.
When we arrived in Andorra, we were so lucky to have had no major dramas finding the Automobil Club d’Andorra(ACA), which is the organisation where all your registration paperwork needs to be submitted. An added bonus for us was that one of the staff members spoke fluent English and helped guide us through the process. To help you all out, we thought we would write the step-by-step process to registering your car/van with MT Plates in Andorra. The process took us a lot longer than we expected and we weren’t prepared with the correct paperwork so this is a massive advantage and should save you a lot of time and headaches.
The vehicle you buy does have to meet a certain criteria to be able to register in Andorra, first of all it has to have a Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions classification, you can check this link (https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/fuels-environment/euro-emissions-standards) to see if your vehicle passes but it should be on your documents that you received with the car. Your car should be up to date with all the documentation, that means it has no additional accessories that aren’t documented on the vehicle paperwork. If there is its no big deal just remove it for the time being.
-The first thing that needs to be done, is you need a NIE number. You’ll need your passport, a email address, your address in your foreign country and a phone number. We took these documents to the government, and in 2-3 days we had our number.
-Once you have been approved and given your NIE number, you are now able to start the actual registration process. You will need to lodge these forms with the ACA;
- a copy of your current registration and insurance documents(in our case this was our Netherlands export plates).
- you need to have your vehicle inspected at the Inspecció Tècnica de Vehicles (ITV) which you will need an appointment for.
- you need your cars export papers(to get these papers you must lodge your car as an export at the country of purchase, to export it to a country outside the EU. Andorra is not in the EU).
- you must pay the Andorra import fee which is 4.5% tax on the vehicle purchase price to the Duana(customs).
- have insurance organised for your vehicle and a copy of the paperwork. The ACA can give you a third party insurance quote only, if you want full or comprehensive insurance you will need to organise that yourself. We used Assegurances Generals for our comprehensive. They conveniently have there office right in town not far from the ACA. They will give you a copy of your insurance papers and your car is now insured however, you need to go back to finalise and pay your insurance fees later on once you have your MT Plates.
-You can now lodge all the above forms to the ACA and pay there fees. Off memory it was under 100 euro.
-The ACA will now give you your yellow card and you must take it to the government to get approved. They will keep the card and will give you a time frame as to when it will be ready(2-7days approximately). They may ask for additional copies of any paperwork previously submitted to the ACA so have them handy. When you go back to the government, your yellow card will now have been stamped and approved. You will need to pay the Andorra government a fee of around 80 euro.
-You now take your yellow card back to the ACA and they will hand over your MT Plates.
-Once you have the plates in your hot little hands, take them back to your insurance company and pay your fees. Make sure you let them know the countries you intend to travel to as you may be required to carry additional paperwork with you and they will organise it for you.
-Now you can mount your MT Plates to the vehicle. We took ours to a local mechanic and he did it for us, we were told you could do it yourself but the plates have no pre-drilled holes and we didn’t have any tools on hand.
-Drive your vehicle back to the ITV(no appointment needed) and they will place your final sticker on the windscreen of the car.
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE NOW SUCCESSFULLY REGISTERED A CAR IN ANDORRA THAT YOU CAN DRIVE ALL OVER EUROPE!!!!
We hope this information is as useful to you and your planning as it would have been for us, enjoy!