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Registration of the vehicle also requires frequent visits to public authorities. First is customs, where tax has to be paid, calculated on the basis of the age and nature of the car. It is also necessary to show there the document from the diagnostic centre that provides authorization for the given vehicle to be driven in Poland. The payment of the tax must be done at latest when the vehicle is registered in the country. After this is done, the registration process continues through the transport authority and the tax authority. You have 30 days to carry out the necessary formalities required by the transport authority.

In order to register a vehicle it is essential to fill in a special form (which can be obtained from any transport department office) on the basis of which the authorities will begin the registration procedure. While this is being done, the authorities will provide temporary licence plates as well as an attestation, which must be returned upon receipt of the registration certificate. The vehicle is registered by the staroste located in the place of residence of the new owner of the vehicle.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • The owners identity card along with his Polish residence permit and address
  • The registration certificate if the vehicle was registered (or any other document proving that the vehicle was registered abroad provided by the official foreign registration authority)
  • A document proving the legality of the vehicle, if one exists
  • A document proving the payment of the required fee
  • Proof of the payment of the recycling fee
  • A certificate proving that the vehicle successfully passed the control test

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Road Transport
?ukasz Twardowski - deputy director, directing the work of the department
Phone: +48 22 630 12 40
Fax: +48 22 630 12 02
E-mail: [email protected]
The department is in charge of matters related to road transport, road traffic and technical supervision of vehicles.

Administration and Civil Service Department of Warsaw City Hall,
Starynkiewicza Square 7/9,
Phone: +48/22/ 625 25 75-85,
Fax: +48/22/ 625 25 27
E-mail: [email protected]
Open: mon. 10-18, tue.-fri 8-16.

Ministry of Infrastructure and Development
Wsplna 2/4
00-926 Warsaw
tel.: + 48 22 273 70 00
e-mail: [email protected]
Contacts to all departments, offices and units

Poland - Warsaw
ul. Bema 83
Warsaw, 01-233
Tel: +48 22 329 22 22
Fax: +48 22 329 22 20
Email: Email Us

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Anyone moving to Poland must change the licence plates of his vehicle within six months of his arrival in Poland. Anyone spending less than six months in Poland must also follow this requirement, but is exempt from the payment of certain taxes.


Total cost is 657 zloty (157 for registration and 500 for new vehicle card)


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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For this purpose the vehicle owner must go to the Department of Transport of the district in which he lives after the vehicle has passed a technical check in an accredited control centre.

Take your registration certificate and your certificate that shows you are registered to live in Poland (tymczasowe zameldowanie) to the transport department.

Required Information[edit]

  • Vehicle details (date of first registration, make, model etc)
  • Registered keeper
  • Vehicle insurance details
  • Inspection results
  • Any vehicle modifications
  • Payment Details
  • Licence Status

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Need for the Document[edit]

Registration is generally a one-off process that officially recognizes you as the person legally responsible for your vehicle. Its not the same as vehicle licensing which is where you pay a fee for using public roads. When a vehicle is registered its details are added to the Motor Vehicle Register and issue its registration plates. If your vehicle is not correctly registered or is unregistered, you could receive a fine or infringement.

Information which might help[edit]

Registration is not a legal title for the ownership of your vehicle it simply identifies who is responsible for the licencing and safety inspections of the vehicle.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit] - Main Inspectorate of Road Transport

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Before a vehicle can be registered for use in Poland, it must undergo entry certification to verify it meets Polish required standards. Your vehicle must successfully complete entry certification before you can apply to register it, a process that provides you with a certificate of registration and registration (number) plates (which you can later replace with personalized plates).