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Vehicle registration in Bulgaria

All vehicles in Bulgaria have to be registered, insured and must pass a vehicle road worthiness test

Importing a Foreign Vehicle to Bulgaria


A private vehicle may be temporarily imported and used on Bulgarian roads for up to six months as long as the vehicle has a minimum third party insurance policy. However, a foreign-registered car can only be used by the owner or someone they give a written permit for limited purposes, for example a mechanic at a garage to carry out a necessary repair. Foreigners moving to Bulgaria with a new or used foreign registered car should go to the local Road Traffic Office to begin the registration process. Once a foreigner becomes resident in Bulgaria, they should register their vehicle on Bulgarian registration plates.

EU/EEA citizens do not need to pay import duty on a used car that they have owned for over six months and driven 6,000 Km prior to entry in Bulgaria. Owners of cars brought from outside the EU/EEA will need to pay import duty on the vehicle.


Documents Required to Register a Private Vehicle in Bulgaria

The vehicle must be registered in the same name as the original registration documents. To register a vehicle in Bulgaria go to the local Road Traffic Office with the following documents:

Note: Vehicles imported from outside the EU/EEA will need to undergo a technical test. Right hand drive vehicles must have the headlights adjusted before registration.

Once the vehicle has been registered on Bulgarian plates, the owner may not sell it within the first year.

Eco-tax An environmental tax called eco-tax must be paid for all cars imported from outside the EU. The amount paid depends on the age of the vehicle. It applies to all vehicles. This tax must also be paid for all cars over ten years old imported from an EU/EEA country.

How to buy or sell a used car in Bulgaria 


In order for the sale of a used car between two private individuals to be considered legal, both the seller and the buyer must sign a vehicle purchase contract (Договор за покупко-продажба на МПС) in front of a Notary Public (нотариус). The contract must be signed by both parties or their legal representative(s) before it can be declared valid by the Notary. (If the car is owned by a company it is not necessary to sign at a Notary Public.) The signed contract is needed for the new owners to register the car in their name at the local Traffic Police Office.


Normally the seller provides the following documents:


The buyer will need to provide the following:


Registering the Vehicle

Within 14 days the new owner must go to the local Traffic Police Office to register the vehicle. The vehicle must be registered at the Traffic Police Office in the town of the new owner's permanent address in Bulgaria.


Local Traffic Police require the following documents for the registration:

Buying a New Car in Bulgaria

New cars are sold at car dealerships in Bulgaria. When buying a new car without a loan or lease contract, the buyer is only required to present proof of their identity. However, the procedure is more complicated if a loan or lease contract is to be signed. In these cases the following documents are required:

Private buyers

Company owner

The registration procedures and establishing an insurance policy are generally handled by the dealer on behalf of the buyer. The dealer provides the new owner with the following documents:


Vehicle Registration Document

The vehicle’s registration document contains the following information:



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