Registering Classic Cars in Spain
The process of assigning a licence number to a classic car in Spain is more or less the same as that for a normal car. However in most cases, the car will have to go through more vigorous checks before it can be passed. There is no differentiation in regard to age of vehicle and licence number issued. A 15 year old Ford Mondeo and a brand new Ferrari could end up with consecutively numbered plates.
So unlike UK registrations which in general contain a year marker, it’s very difficult if not impossible, to gauge a Spanish registered car’s age from its licence plate.
From a classic car perspective. this means that, if you’re bringing your pride and joy 1964 Mercedes SL, when you register it in Spain you really will end up with a licence number that is just one digit different to hundreds of other regular cars. Not great for the prestige.
Personalised number plates are very popular in many countries like the US and UK, and bring in a small fortune in revenue for the issuing authorities; Spain’s DGT however, have missed a trick – you can’t get personalised number plates in Spain. There is however an option.
Historic Number Plates for Classic Cars In Spain
If you own a car that is 25 years old or over, you will in most cases be able to get it registered with a “historic” number plate for your classic car in Spain. Historic licence numbers in Spain begin with “H” and confirm the vehicles classic status, allowing it to be driven on the road in its original condition even though that might not comply with current legislation, e.g. without seat belts if the car was manufactured before they were made compulsory by law.
You can of course register your classic car using the standard route, however if you want a special licence plate for your special car, then apart from being way to overcome type approval requirements, historical number plates are an obvious choice.
So how much does it cost to get Historic Number Plates for a Classic Car in Spain?
The cost to register a foreign Classic Car to Historic Spanish Licence Plates varies depending on the car. You should expect to pay any thing between €800 and €1,200, in basic costs. This would include arrangement, admin, all paperwork and certification, ITV, and of your new H plates. The basic cost wouldn’t include the cost of any repairs or modifications that may be required to enable the vehicle to pass its ITV inspection, local vehicle tax or special import/registration tax.
Vehicles imported from outside the EU, some Eastern European countries, modified or non-standard vehicles, e.g. kit cars, will generally cost more.
We offer a professional Historic Spanish Licence Plates service to owners of foreign registered Classic Cars throughout Spain.
This service is suitable for both residents and non-residents who either already own a foreign registered Classic Car which they wish to bring to Spain, or those who want to buy one to import into Spain.
Note: Unless you are taking up residency in Spain, in most cases the car will be subject to import tax which will vary depending on the marque. We also offer a special service for people who are changing residency who wish to register their foreign vehicles in Spain.
Find out more about these services:
EU Change of Residency Tax Waiver Application