Registration of a used vehicle purchased in Poland
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AO/12/04/K | Updated: 23 December 2022 at 08:32 | | | |
New license plates in Mazowsze
Mazowieckie Voivodeship was left without license plates marked "W" (eg WX 12345). Until the stock of such plates is exhausted, we will continue to register cars with numbers beginning with the letter "W".
The Minister of Infrastructure gave us a new "A" classification (eg AX 12345). From January 2023 we will issue new number plates starting with the letter 'A' for vehicles with reduced number plates.
[§]Legal basis: Art. 27, no. 3, and § 31, no. 3, of the Minister of Infrastructure's decree of 31 August 2022 on the registration and marking of vehicles, requirements for number plates and models of other documents in connection with the registration of vehicles (Law 2022, Article 1847) .
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From 1 February 2022, by applying for re-registration of a used vehicle bought in Poland, you can keep the existing registration number. Stand – the plates must be white and have EU stars on a blue background. Also remember that signs must be legible, i.e. kept in good condition and must not be bent. If the number plate of the vehicle you purchased does not meet these requirements, we will have to re-register your car with new numbers, which will incur a higher fee.
Have you bought a used car? You have 30 days to notify us of your purchase. If you do not comply, we will impose a fine of 200 to 1000 PLN. Due to COVID-19, the deadline has been extended to 60 days. For details, see the information sheet "Notice of purchase of vehicle".
Have you sold your car? You have 30 days to notify us of rejection of the vehicle. If you do not comply, we will impose a fine of 200 to 1000 PLN. Due to COVID-19, the deadline has been extended to 60 days. Detailed information can be found in the information sheet "Notification of refusal of a registered vehicle".
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As a reminder:
- heavy truckswith a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tonnes;
- road tractorsIBallast traktordesigned for use with a semi-trailer or trailer having a maximum permissible combined vehicle weight of more than 3.5 tonnes;
- trailers and semi-trailerswhich, together with the motor vehicle, have a permissible total weight of more than 7 tonnes, except those which relate exclusively to the agricultural activity carried out by the agricultural tax payer;
imposed transport tax.
You have 14 days to complete and submit your tax return. You can do this in one of the following ways:
- Use the easy-to-use tax form guides available on the Moja Warszawa website:https://moja.warszawa19115.pl/kalkulatory.
- If you have a trusted profile: Create an account on the site, log in and submit the form.
- If you don't have a trusted profile:
- print and sign the form,
- or fill in a handwritten form, which can be obtained from the regional office.
- Promote the form traditionally:
- directly to the Department of Housing Services in your district or at our head office at 57 Obozowa Street - 1st Floor
- by mail to the postal address: Warszawa Capital Office - Taxpayer Service Center, Al. Jerozolimskie 44, 00-024 Warsaw.
Further information, including the declaration form and the declaration attachment, can be found on the information sheetCOP/01/02/K.
Trin for trin guide
- Download, print and fill outapplication formIconsent1. Application forms are also available in our office.
- Attach the necessary supporting documents (the originals).
- Don't forget to take your ID card with you.
- Go to yoursDistrict officeand submit your application, including all attachments, and pay all required fees.
- You can book your visit to the office through the Warsaw reservation system (clickrezervacje.um.warszawa.pl).Remember that booking time only entitles you to one thing–for example to register a vehicle.
- If the vehicle is co-owned, all co-owners must be present or have permission from them (authorization form).
- The employee confirms your place of residence in the system. If you do not have a registered residence, you must provide another document that we certify during our service. Each such case will be dealt with individually.
- Decision on temporary registration of vehicles, temporary traffic card valid for up to 30 days, number plates are issued.
- Update your car liability insurance.
- Make your decision on vehicle classification along with registration before your temporary license expires. Information on the availability of a registration certificate can be obtained from the relevant office or atinfo-car.pl. When you download the registration confirmation,return your temporary licenseand present a valid liability insurance policy.
For more information about your rights regarding the processing of your personal data for the purposes of the registration process under the provisions of the GDPR, please use this link.
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Necessary supporting documents
- Application for vehicle ownerregister the vehicle.
- Consentfor the processing of personal data.
- Proof of vehicle ownership (proof of vehicle ownership may includeone of the following documents:VAT invoice confirming the purchase of a vehicle, sales contract, property exchange contract, gift contract, annuity contract, final court decision on property rights), transfer contract, e.g. bank transfer contract, original transfer contract with return statement of transfer of assets and a statement of repayment of the total debt).
- Vehicle license with unitupdated technical control.
- Traffic signs.
- A document confirming the power of attorney, if the power of attorney is appointed in the case (standard power of attorney).
- If youa natural person is the owner of the vehicle, a personal document is required, i.e. an identity card or other document with a photo confirming the identity (available for verification).
- Ithe legal entity is the owner of the vehicle,A current national court transcript is required (available for review). Only persons authorized to represent a legal entity can handle vehicle registration matters.
If they are the owner of the vehicleforeignersresiding in the Republic of Poland, foreign companies or cultural centers, institutions or press correspondents, must submit:
- Identity cards for foreigners,passport and one of the following documents, with certificate of temporary residence:
- Schengen visa or national visa,
- Residence card issued in connection with approval of temporary residence,
- Residence certificate issued to an EU citizen,
- a family member's residence card issued to an EU citizen,
- A document confirming the right to permanent residence for an EU citizen,
- Permanent residence card issued to a family member of an EU citizen,
- Residence card issued in connection with the granting of a permanent residence permit, EU long-term residence permit, notification of refugee status, notification of subsidiary protection or acceptable residence permit.
- Certificate of registration in the register of foreign business representations issued by the Minister of Economy or a valid extract from the state court for a branch of a foreign company (for inspection) for foreign companies. For cultural centers, institutions, journalists - international conventions, confirmations from embassies, accreditations (for inspection).
- You can make payments for shipping related items by bank transfer or postal order (click on the 'bank account' linkdobank accountof the City of Warsaw for the relevant district office or in cash directly at the cash desk of the district office responsible for processing your case.
- On the payment report, write the vehicle's make, model and registration number and, if there is no registration number, the vehicle's VIN number.
Transfer fee for its issuance
semi trailer /
Normal license plates
Private license plates
TOTAL (for normal plates)
Total(in case of leaving the available registration
plates with the issuance of a temporary traffic permit)*
TOTAL (for private plates
Re-registration of a vehicle with an existing registration number
without issuing a temporary permit**
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* these are white, pristine number plates issued by the municipality of Warsaw.
**Applies to white, pristine license plates with EU stars on a blue background, issued by Polish registration authorities.
- 17,00 PLN– fee for depositing the notetransferred.
- BodyFor onetransferredcan be paid by bank transfer or money order tobank account(link "bank account".or at any ticket office in the city of Warsaw.
- The power of attorney submission form does not apply to powers of attorney granted to spouses, descendants, ascendants or siblings.
Where to submit and collect documents
Answer waiting time
- Immediate response - in cases that do not require collection of evidence, information or clarification.
- Up to one month - in cases that require an investigation procedure.
- Up to two months - in case of a high degree of complexity.
You can appeal the decision to the Municipal Court of Appeal within 14 days of receiving the decision through the authority that made the decision.
- From 1 February 2022, the applicant for vehicle registration can apply to keep the existing registration number, including number plates, if the vehicle was already registered on the territory of the Republic of Poland and has white plates with EU stars. plates must be legible and kept in good condition. In this case, when registering a vehicle, the head of the prefecture issues a decision on the registration of vehicles and traffic cards and legalizes the existing number plates (registration plates). If the number plates do not meet the specified conditions, they are replaced, that is, the vehicle is re-registered with new numbers.
- The owner of a registered vehicle is required to report it to the prefect within 30 days of purchase (details can be found in the bulletinAO/05/31/K) or disposal of the vehicle (details are on the information sheetAO/05/15/K). In the event that the purchase or sale of a vehicle is not reported within the prescribed period, a fine of PLN 200 to PLN 1,000 is imposed.Due to the epidemic situation declared in the Republic of Poland, the specified period has been extended to 60 days from the date of purchase or sale of the vehicle. This extended period will remain in effect until the outbreak status related to COVID-19 is lifted.
- The obligation to display number plates and plates does not apply to a registered vehicle purchased by the police, the Home Guard Agency, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the State Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Border Guard, the Military Counter-Intelligence Service, the Military Intelligence Service Service, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland and the Customs Service.
- If the data of the vehicle transferor do not correspond to the data from the traffic permit, all documents confirming the transfer of the ownership right must be attached to the request for registration of the vehicle.
- In case of loss of vehicle traffic card before re-registrationa certificate issued by the last registration authority confirming the data in the lost document is required.
- Authorities responsible for vehicle registration are required to check whether motor vehicle owners have met the requirement for liability insurance (failure to submit a valid liability insurance does not mean that your application will be rejected, but the Insurance Guarantee Fund will be rejected). notified that the document has not been delivered).
- Natural and legal persons who own large trucks with a total weight of more than 3.5 tons, tractors or tractors with a total weight of more than 3.5 tons, trailers or semi-trailers with a total weight of more than 7 tons, motor vehicles and buses are obliged to pay tax on vehicles. The tax can be paid at the district office that regulates the person's place of residence, or at the company's registered office or atul Tax Payer Service Center. Obozowa 57 St. in Warsaw by bank transfer to the bank account number (you can find information about this tax on the information sheetCOP/01/02/K).
- If youforeignor a branch/representation of a foreign company is the owner of the said vehicles, the tax is paid to the competent district office depending on the foreigner's place of residence, i.e. the headquarters of the foreign company's branch or representative office.
The above information is general and derives from applicable legal provisions.
In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional documents or clarifications.
- Law of 14 June 1960. Law on administrative process
- Road Traffic Act from 20 June 1997
- Act of 16 November 2006 on fees
- Act of 22 May 2003 on Compulsory Insurance, the Insurance Guarantee Fund and the Office of Polish Motor Insurance Companies
- Law of 20 January 2005 on the recycling of vehicles at the end of their life cycle
- Decree of the Minister of Infrastructure of 31 August 2022 on vehicle registration and marking, requirements for number plates and models of other documents related to vehicle registration
- Decree of the Minister of Infrastructure of 31. August 2022 on the detailed actions of the competent authorities in matters relating to the release of vehicles to traffic and sample documents for these matters
- The Minister of Digitalisation's decree of 2 April 2022 on fees for registration of vehicles that are revenue for the Foundation - Central Register of Vehicles and Drivers
- Decree of the Minister of Infrastructure of 4. August 2022 on the amount of fees for issuing traffic permits, temporary permits and legalized traffic plates (plates) and their copies
- Act of 12 January 1991 on local taxes and charges
- Act of 11 March 2004 on taxation of goods and services
- Act of 24 September 2010 on the national register
- Application for vehicle registration/deregistration (opens new window)
- Authorization (opens a new window)
- Consent to the processing of personal data (opens in a new window)
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