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, or a valid residence permit
  • Individuals or legal entities authorised to exercise a professional, commercial or industrial activity or to operate an association and who are resident in the Principality, with the exception of non-trading property holding companies governed by Act No. 797 of 18/02/1966

 

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 registration 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 owner of the vehicle must then return the certificate and registration plates, and pay the relevant administrative fees as stipulated by ministerial decree. The vehicle is no longer authorised to drive on the roads.

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 25 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.

There is a fee associated with this service - Please see Download file STC - Tarifs 2020 en vigueur STC - Tarifs 2020 en vigueur   

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.

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:

Vehicles from Monaco

  • The bill of sale or transfer, or a purchase invoice. This is not required in cases where the vehicle’s previous registration certificate is in the applicant’s name
  • A copy of a valid ID document (ID card national passport with proof of address or residence permit), or for companies a copy of the Trade and Industry Registry dated of less than 3 months
  • The previous registration certificate
  • The previous registration plates
  • A 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 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3 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:
    • A bodywork certificate (Annex VII) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • The report of the initial conformity check of a vehicle (annexe III) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • 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 cash, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, in accordance with the current fee schedule

Vehicles from France

  • The bill of sale or transfer, or a purchase invoice. This is not required in cases where the vehicle’s previous registration certificate is in the applicant’s name
  • A copy of a valid ID document (ID card or residence permit), or for companies a copy of the Trade and Industry Registry dated of less than 3 months
  • In the case of vehicles from France sold by a professional car dealer, the declaration of purchase receipt
  • The previous registration certificate 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)"
  • A valid no-pledge certificate issued by the relevant authorities
  • A 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 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3 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:
    • A bodywork certificate (Annex VII) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • The report of the initial conformity check of a vehicle (annexe III) issued by a bodywork specialist approved by the manufacturer
    • 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 cash, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, in accordance with the current fee schedule

Vehicles from other countries

  • The bill of sale or transfer, or a purchase invoice. This is not required in cases where the vehicle’s previous registration certificate is in the applicant’s name
  • A copy of a valid ID document (ID card or residence permit), or for companies a copy of the Trade and Industry Registry dated of less than 3 months
  • The previous registration certificate issued by the relevant authorities in the country of origin or an equivalent official document if held by the authorities in the country of origin
  • If appropriate, a certificate of ownership and a certificate showing deregistration issued by the relevant authorities in the country of origin
  • 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 / identification certificate for an imported vehicle conforming to a recognised type in France issued by the manufacturer
    Or a Fédération Française des véhicules d’époque (French Vintage Car Federation) certificate for vehicles that are more than 30 years old
    Or 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 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 tonnes and which are more than 4 years old, and for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 3 tonnes and which are more than 1 year old
  • For modified and rebuilt vehicles, 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 certificate of purchase/VAT exemption issued by the Department of Tax Services in Monaco
  • For vehicles from outside the EC, the receipt showing payment of customs duties (846A form) issued by the French Customs Authority
  • The payment, to be made by cash, cheque or postal order (clearable in Monaco or France), made out to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office and Visa or Mastercard bank cards only, in accordance with the current fee schedule

 

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

You should submit the complete application without appointment to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office. The registration plates for vehicles from Monaco or France and a receipt for payment will be issued.

4

Collecting the certificate and registration plates

The certificate and registration plates, if applicable, are available within 72 hours of receipt of the file, at the reception desk of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office on presentation of the payment receipt.

Last update: 22/06/2020

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