Procedure How to register a used vehicle

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Service des Titres de Circulation

23, Avenue Albert II
BP 699
MC 98014 MONACO CEDEX

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office :
(+377) 98 98 80 14

Fax : (+377) 98 98 40 36

Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

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Service des Titres de Circulation

23, Avenue Albert II
BP 699
MC 98014 MONACO CEDEX

Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

Phone : (+377) 98 98 80 14

Fax : (+377) 98 98 40 36

Send us an email
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Principle and conditions

The following can register and maintain registration of a used vehicle in the Principality:

  • Individuals who are resident in Monaco and can prove their residency by showing either a national ID card or a national passport with proof of address (gas or electricity bill from the SMEG, rental agreement), or a valid residence permit
  • For professional use or when assigning a vehicle for professional use by staff, individuals or legal entities authorised to exercise and who are in practice exercising a professional, commercial or industrial activity or to operate an association and who are resident in the Principality

 

Non-trading companies are excluded from registering vehicles.

All registrations are recorded in a register. A certificate and two registration plates (front and rear) with stickers will be issued. The only exception to this is trailers, semi-trailer, quadricycles, motorcycles, mopeds and similar vehicles which only need one rear plate, although a front plate can still be issued on request.

Registration plates must be fixed firmly to the vehicle in the locations designated for that purpose.

The certificate and plates indicate the number assigned to the vehicle as well as the validity period of the registration, which will be until 31 December of the current year, or 31 December of the following year if the vehicle is registered between 1 October and 31 December.

Registration can be renewed for another year during the annual renewal period.

See the following procedure for details: How to renew your annual car sticker

In addition, vehicles must undergo a periodic technical inspection, details of which are set out in: Technical inspection of vehicules

Should you fail to renew your anual car sticker or validate the periodic technical inspection by the required deadlines, the vehicle will be deregistered in accordance with the conditions established by ministerial decree. The vehicle is no longer authorised to drive on the roads. 

In both cases, the owner of the vehicle must then return the registration certificate, and pay the relevant administrative fees as stipulated by ministerial decree. The registration plates must also be returned if the vehicle has been deregistered following a failure to complete a technical visit.

See the procedures: How to regularise a vehicle deregistered for failure to renew a registration (car sticker) and How to regularise a vehicle that has been deregistered following a failure to complete a technical visit

In the event that the residence permit is not renewed, the conditions for maintaining registration in the Principality are no longer met and the vehicle will need to be removed from the number plate database according to the procedures set out in the factsheet: How to apply for a certificate for registration abroad Failure to follow these procedures will result in the vehicle being removed from the number plate database and no longer authorised to drive on the roads. The same applies to companies, associations or foundations which have ceased to operate.

Specific procedures for vintage cars:

Any vehicle that is more than 30 years old can be registered as a vintage car at the request of the owner. Vehicles registered as vintage cars may only be driven on an occasional basis at rallies or other events where the participation of a specific type of vehicle is required

They may also, however, be driven in the Principality under the same conditions as vehicles registered as standard cars.

When owners of vintage cars need to drive these vehicles outside the Principality to take them to the locations where rallies or other events are being held, they must complete a declaration in triplicate. This declaration must be torn from a book containing 24 numbered pages. Each page includes three sections in which the declarations must be completed.

The first two sections, or sections A and B, must be sent to the Police Department and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office respectively, at least three days before the date of departure of the vehicles indicated in the declaration, with the postmark serving as proof. The third section, section C, must be retained by the drivers and presented in the event of a check.

Private cars registered as "vintage cars" (M1) are required to undergo a technical inspection at least once every 72 months. The Vehicle Testing Centre may issue a technical inspection report for this length of time only if the vehicle is already registered as a "vintage car".

Any vehicle that is more than 30 years old may also be registered as a standard car provided that the documents include a European certificate of conformity. Private cars that are more than 30 years old and are not registered as "vintage cars" (M1) are required to undergo a technical inspection at least one every 12 months from the time that they reach 30 years old.

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1

Formulating the request

The application to register must be sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office using the appropriate form, duly completed and signed on the original.

The form may be:

2

Collating the documents

All applications to register a used vehicle must be accompanied by original copies of the following documents and, if necessary, an official translation into French by a sworn translator at a court of appeal in Monaco or France:

A list of sworn translators in the Principality of Monaco is available from the Monaco Court of Appeal or on the website www.directory-sworn-translator.com for sworn translators approved by the French Court of Appeal.

Any administrative procedure undertaken at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office by a third party must be accompanied by a mandate signed by the principal and by supporting documents showing proof of these persons' identities.

The mandate allows the representative to submit and track the progress of the principal’s application, but not to sign documents instead of the principal.

Vehicles from Monaco

  • For Monegasque nationals: 
    • A copy of a valid Monaco national identity card
    • Or a copy of a national passport with proof of address (gas or electricity bill from the SMEG, rental agreement) dated within the last 3 months
  • For residents: a copy of a valid residence permit
  • An original signed certificate of sale or transfer, in the case of a vehicle sold by an individual (private individual) or an entity that is not VAT-registered
  • Or copy of an invoice for a vehicle sold by a legal entity or individual business (garage or company), or a VAT-registered entity, which includes:
    • A unique invoice number based on a continuous chronological sequence
    • The seller’s identity (surname, postal address, postal code and city, Trade and Industry Registry or SIRET number)
    • The purchaser’s identity (surname and first name or registered name, postal address, postal code and city)
    • A description of the asset sold (must include vehicle serial number and odometer reading where possible)
    • Amount
      The invoice must be for the benefit of one person only. If this is not the case, one of the co-purchasers will need to withdraw, in writing, and attach an original signed copy of a letter to the application, accompanied by a copy of the relevant identity document
  • The previous original registration certificate
  • The previous original registration plates
  • A copy of the report of a technical inspection passed no more than six months ago in Monaco for cars with a GVWR of less than or equal to 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 1 year old
  • If the vehicle has been modified or rebuilt, one of the following documents depending on the circumstances:
    • The original bodywork certificate (Annex VII) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • The original report of the initial conformity check of a vehicle (annexe III) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • A copy of the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL )
  • The payment, to be made by Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and cash, in accordance with the current fee schedule

 

NB: In the case of a second-hand vehicle registered in Monaco and purchased at a public auction, the certificate of sale may be replaced by a certificate of auction including the note "sold with registration certificate" or "sold without registration certificate".

Vehicles from France

  • For Monegasque nationals: 
    • A copy of a valid Monaco national identity card
    • Or a copy of a national passport with proof of address (gas or electricity bill from the SMEG, rental agreement) dated within the last 3 months 
  • For residents: a copy of a valid residence permit
  • If there has been a change in ownership:
    • An original signed certificate of sale or transfer, in the case of a vehicle sold by an individual or an entity that is not VAT-registered
    • Or a copy of an invoice for a vehicle sold by a legal entity or individual business (garage or company), or a VAT-registered entity, which includes: 
      • A unique invoice number based on a continuous chronological sequence
      • The seller’s identity (surname, postal address, postal code and city, Trade and Industry Registry or SIRET number)
      • The purchaser’s identity (surname and first name or registered name, postal address, postal code and city)
      • A description of the asset sold (must include vehicle serial number and odometer reading where possible)
      • Amount
        The invoice must be for the benefit of one person only. If this is not the case, one of the co-purchasers will need to withdraw, in writing, and attach an original signed copy of a letter to the application, accompanied by a copy of the relevant identity document
  • The previous original registration certificate (carte grise) for the vehicle, which must be legible and in good condition, and on which the holder has written, clearly and indelibly, the words "sold on (date of sale)"
  • In the case of vehicles from France sold by a French professional car dealer:
    • A copy of the declaration of purchase receipt, if the registration certificate (carte grise) is not in the name of the professional car dealer
    • A copy of the declaration showing that the vehicle is no longer used for demonstration purposes, in the case of "demonstration vehicles"
  • A copy of a no-pledge certificate dated within the last 15 days, issued by the relevant authorities 
  • A copy of the report of a technical inspection passed no more than six months ago in Monaco for cars with a GVWR of less than or equal to 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 1 year old
  • If the vehicle has been modified or rebuilt, one of the following documents depending on the circumstances:
    • The original bodywork certificate (Annex VII) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • The original report of the initial conformity check of a vehicle (annexe III) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • A copy of the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL)
  • The payment, to be made by Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and cash, in accordance with the current fee schedule

 

NB: In the case of a second-hand vehicle registered in France and purchased at a public auction, the certificate of sale may be replaced by a certificate of auction including the note “sold with registration certificate” or “sold without registration certificate”. If the previous registration certificate is not available, one of the following documents must be provided:

  • A vehicle identification document for a vehicle (document which summarises the technical characteristics) 
  • Or a copy of the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL

Vehicles from other countries

  • For Monegasque nationals: 
    • A copy of a valid Monaco national identity card
    • Or a copy of a national passport with proof of address (gas or electricity bill from the SMEG, rental agreement)
  • For residents: a copy of a valid residence permit
  • If there has been a change in ownership:
    • An original signed certificate of sale or transfer, in the case of a vehicle sold by an individual or an entity that is not VAT-registered
    • Or copy of an invoice for a vehicle sold by a legal entity or individual business (garage or company), or a VAT-registered entity, which includes:
      • A unique invoice number based on a continuous chronological sequence
      • The seller’s identity (surname, postal address, postal code and city, Trade and Industry Registry or SIRET number)
      • The purchaser’s identity (surname and first name or registered name, postal address, postal code and city)
      • A description of the asset sold (must include vehicle serial number and odometer reading where possible)
      • Amount
        The invoice must be for the benefit of one person only. If this is not the case, one of the co-purchasers will need to withdraw, in writing, and attach an original signed copy of a letter to the application, accompanied by a copy of the relevant identity document
  • The previous original registration certificate issued by the relevant authorities in the country of origin or an equivalent original official document if held by the authorities in the country of origin
  • If appropriate, an original certificate of ownership and an original certificate showing deregistration issued by the relevant authorities in the country of origin
    • A copy of the Full European certificate of conformity issued by the manufacturer
    • Or the identification certificate for an imported used vehicle conforming to a recognised type in the EU /original identification certificate for an imported vehicle conforming to a recognised type in France issued by the manufacturer
    • Or a copy of the Fédération Française des véhicules d’époque (French Vintage Car Federation) certificate for vehicles that are more than 30 years old
    • Or a copy of the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL )
  • A copy of the report of a technical inspection passed no more than six months ago in Monaco for cars with a GVWR of less than or equal to 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3,5 tonnes and which are more than 1 year old
  • For modified and rebuilt vehicles, a copy of  the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL )
  • For vehicles from the European Community (EC), the original certificate of purchase/VAT exemption issued by the Department of Tax Services in Monaco
  • For vehicles from outside the EC, the original receipt showing payment of customs duties (846A form) issued by the French Customs Authority
  • The payment, to be made by Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and cash, in accordance with the current fee schedule

 

NB: In the case of a second-hand vehicle registered abroad (outside France) and purchased at a public auction, the certificate of sale may be replaced by a certificate of auction including the note "sold with registration certificate" or "sold without registration certificate". If the previous registration certificate is not available, one of the following documents must be provided:

  • A vehicle identification document for a vehicle (document which summarises the technical characteristics) 
  • Or a copy of  the report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL )

 

In all cases where registration of a used car purchased at a public auction is being requested, if it is not possible to supply the previous registration certificate, a report of individual or single vehicle type approval issued by the Regional Directorate for Environment, Urban Planning and Housing of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region (DREAL ), must be provided in addition to the documents noted above.

3

Submitting the application

To submit your application, you must first make an appointment with an agent of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office.

You can request an appointment in one of the following three ways:

 

The staff of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office will be waiting for you at the time of the appointment; you should bring with you the documents listed in steps 1 and 2 and your preferred means of payment.

You can find all the information about making an appointment with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office by following this link  

4

Collecting the certificate and registration plates

The certificate and registration plates, if applicable, are available within 72 hours by appointment arranged by the customer manager at the end of the interview and on presentation of the payment receipt (invoice).

If a collection date is not agreed during the appointment to submit your application, you can request an appointment in one of the following three ways:

 

You can find all the information about making an appointment with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office by following this link

Last update: 12/05/2022

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