Car Ownership Transfer in Spain
Follow our guide or use our online service.
The process can be done remotely/online via email.
Next day transfer. Documentation back within one week, all for €50.
Need to transfer car ownership in Spain?
Follow our guide or use our pain-free online car ownership transfer service, to change car ownership (or bikes) anywhere in Spain.
We can do the car transfer for you the next day (dependent on Trafico).
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.
Do it Yourself
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.
If you are buying a car or selling a car in Spain, you can employ a gestor to transfer your car ownership for you, but it is expensive.
There is a car ownership transfer (transferencia o cambio de titularidad del vehículo) guide below so you can do it yourself.
If you are still not comfortable then contact Simple English Advice for a hassle-free transfer for €50.
Car Ownership Transfer Guide
The following guide will simply explain what’s needed if you are buying or selling a car privately in Spain (Malaga in particular).
Here are the steps needed to do it:
Firstly, you need a sales contract 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 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 €8.67 to do this.
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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.)
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
- Proof of transfer fee payment (from Hacienda)
- Completed vehicle change of ownership application form – Solicitud Cambio de Titularidad del Vehículo (Download here)
- Completed sales contract, signed by both parties. (Download 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 or DNI) and buyer’s certificado de empadronamiento or rental contract.
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How much does it cost to change car ownership in Spain?
The cost varies depending on what type of vehicle you have.
Firstly, there is the vehicle transfer tax fee. This is calculated as 4-8% (depends on the region) of the official/fiscal value of the vehicle and depends on the type and size of the engine.
Secondly, there is the Trafico fee of €55.70, €27.85 for mopeds (as of Jan 1st 2022).
Lastly, the gestor fee for doing the transfer. Simple English Advice charge €50 to transfer vehicle ownership in Spain.
If you would like us to do this process for you then we need the following documents:
• Copy of the Permiso de Circulación (green paper)
• Copy of the Ficha Técnica (blueish one)
• Copy of NIE & passport or DNI of both seller and buyer
• Empadronamiento/rental contract/property deeds of buyer (if resident in Spain)
• Signed sales contract
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 vehicle.
You will have the new permiso de circulacion (log book) back in a week. (Occasionally there are slight delays due to Trafico).
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. Make sure you get proof of this as a friend of mine got ripped of by Top Gear Cars in Fuengirola. They didn’t change ownership of her car (among other things) and so when she came to sell it, she found out it’s not legally hers!
Buying a used car is increasing in Spain due to the recent increase in car registration tax. 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 also take care of 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. We can transfer a vehicle in areas such as Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, San Sebastian, Granada, Bilbao, Benidorm, Cadiz, Almeria, Alicante and many more.
Contact us today if you want to change your car ownership online in Spain.