Car Ownership Transfer in Spain

Quick & simple!
The process can be done remotely/online via email.
Next day transfer. Documentation back within one week, all for €50.

Need to transfer ownership of a car in Malaga or Spain?

As with most bureaucratic affairs here, there are hoops to jump through.
With laws constantly changing and advice on the net often wrong it can be a headache.
You can employ a gestor to transfer your car ownership for you but it is expensive for a process you can do yourself with the following  guide. If you are still not comfortable then contact Simple English Advice and we’ll do your car ownership transfer for €50.

Can you change car ownership online?

Yes you can. We offer an online service, so you can change car ownership anywhere in Spain.
We can do the car transfer for you the next day (often the same day – time dependent).
A provisional permiso de circulacion will be emailed to you so you are covered to drive the car straight away.
The new permiso de circulacion (log book) will be ready in about a week.

Car Ownership Transfer Guide

The following guide will simply explain what’s needed to buy and sell a car privately in Spain (in particular Malaga province).

Here are the steps needed to do it:
Firstly, you need a sales contract (download here), signed by both parties. It’s important to put the exact time on the contract as well as the date to save any fines or charges that can occur immediately after the sale.

The Seller

The easy part! The seller needs to provide the following documentation:-

Current ITV (MOT) Certificate.
Original logbook (Permiso de Circulación).
Proof of payment of previous years IVTM road tax (Impuesto de Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica). Can be the original document or a receipt from the bank showing payment.

Make sure to inform your insurance company that the car is sold.

Keep the original purchase and sale contract and a copy of the buyer’s ID documents (Passport and NIE).

Request that the buyer provides a copy of the new logbook (Permiso de Circulación) within 15 days of the sale, if not you can notify the Jefatura de Tráfico office yourself using the form Trámite de Notificación de Venta. There is a fee of €8.50 to do this.

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The Buyer

Once you have the completed sales contract and are in possession of the car, you have 15 days to supply the seller with a copy of the new logbook (Permiso de Circulación), proving that ownership has been transferred.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to do the transfer. Here’s how.

Firstly you need to book an appointment at the Jefatura de Tráfico office (Traffic department). Do this first as it can often take a few weeks to get an appointment. (We can get appointments much quicker.)

Before going to the Trafico office, you need to book an appointment at your local tax office (hacienda) to pay the transfer tax fee. (I’ve found that the one in Malaga near El Cortes Ingles is the best.) This is about 4-8% of the official/fiscal value of the vehicle and depends on the type and size of the engine.  (Don’t do this step if you are using our service, we do it directly with Tráfico.)

They will give you a form that indicates how much tax needs to be paid which can be taken to your bank and paid. (The cashiers that used to be in the Hacienda are no longer there.)

*NOTE* Many sites specify that you need to complete a Modelo 620/621 form, however you don’t need to do this anymore as they will do it on the computer for you.

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At the Trafico Office

Here’s the documentation needed for your visit to the Trafico office (traffic department) appointment:-

Proof of transfer fee payment (from Hacienda)

Completed application form – Solicitud Cambio de Titularidad del Vehículo (Download here) go to the bottom of the page and click the Castellano link under ‘Impreso Solicitud’)

Completed sales contract, signed by both parties. (Download an example here) Original Log Book (Permiso de Circulación) and ITV/MOT (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) if the vehicle is over 4 years of age.

Proof of payment of previous years IVTM road tax (Impuesto de Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica) Can be the original document or a receipt from the bank showing payment.

Photocopy of buyer’s and seller’s ID (Passport and NIE – buyer’s certificado de empadronamiento or rental contract.)

Once you provide these and they verify them, you (the buyer) will have to pay a fee of €54.60 (mopeds €27.30) (As of November 2020.)

* NOTE* If you are selling your car, always keep the original of the purchase and sale contract (in case of a private sale) and a copy of buyer’s ID documents.


Change ownership of a car online

These are the documents we need. 
• Copy of the Permiso de Circulación (green paper)
• Copy of the Ficha Técnica (blueish one)
• Copy of NIE & passport of both seller and buyer
• Empadronamiento or rental contract of buyer (if resident in Spain)
• Signed sales contract (download here)

Once you send us the documents we can work out how much transfer tax you need to pay and start the process.
We can email you a provisional permiso de circulacion the next day which will cover the buyer to drive the new car.
You will have the new permiso de circulacion (log book) back in a week. (*Occasionally there are slight delays of a day or two).

If you bought a car through a dealership, the car dealers normally do the above procedure for you and you will receive the documents in your name when you receive the car.

If it’s a private sale it is advisable to hire a professional to make sure the car ownership transfer process is done speedily and correctly as well as saving on headaches and queuing times in the Trafico department.

Simple English Advice can take care of car transfers, car importation (matriculation), Spanish residency (TIE) and similar procedures that expats have to deal with during their life on the Costa del Sol. With over 25 years of dealing with Andalusian bureaucracy, our bilingual team can take the stress and headache out of vehicle transfers and more for you at a much cheaper price than a gestor.

We can transfer car ownership anywhere in Spain due to our online service. In areas such as Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, San Sebastian, Granada, Bilbao and many more.

Contact us today if you want to change your car ownership online in Spain.

*Guide updated September 2021
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