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First cancel the car's registration with the traffic control authority in its home country. A cancellation certificate and technical specifications form for the vehicle will be issued.

The car may then be driven to Italy on a provisional number plate issued by the traffic control authority.

To register an imported used car, it must first pass a test to ensure it conforms to Italian technical norms. A certificate of conformity will be awarded to vehicles passing this test. For information concerning type-approval, contact a local Provincial Motor Vehicle Office (Ufficio Provinciale della Motorizzazione Civile) (UMC).

To import a car or a motorcycle registered abroad into Italy, it must first be registered and then entered onto the Public Motoring Register (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico/PRA) within 60 days. To do this, the owner must be in possession of the original (or true copy) of the foreign registration document, which must be filed with the Inspectorate of Civil Motoring (Ispettorato della Motorizzazione Civile) at a local UMC.

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Required Documents[edit]

In instances in which a car has never been registered, the car's original Certificate of Conformity (Certificato di Conformit Comunitario/COC) is required. A Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (Certificato di Origine) is required for vehicles from outside Italy. When registering the vehicle, the following documents should be taken:

  • Cancellation certificate
  • Technical specifications form
  • Registration Request (domanda di immatricolazione) form TT2119 (PDF)
  • Original and photocopy of the vehicle registration document and certified translation in Italian; a Certificate of Permanent Export may sometimes suffice
  • Original and photocopy of roadworthiness test certificate signed and stamped by the manufacturer or a reputable dealer, with a certified translation into Italian
  • Technical specifications form signed and stamped by the manufacturer or a reputable dealer (Note: Italians returning to Italy from outside the EU are exempt from producing a technical sheet)

The following documents are required for vehicles that were previously registered:

  • Original and photocopy of registration card
  • Original and photocopy of Certificate of Title
  • Technical specifications form
  • Customs form and certificate (bolletta e certificati doganali)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministerio delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti

The Italian Ministry of Transport
At: Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico, Via Caraci 36, 00157 Roma
Tel:06 4158 2143

Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile di Firenze

At: Via Lucchese, 160 Sesto Fiorentino loc. S, 50019 Firenze
Tel: 055 306 81
Fax: 055 306 8222
Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:30-12:00

Ufficio Motorizzazione Civile di Genoa

At: Via de Marini 1, Genova Torre WTC, Piano 13, Genoa
Tel: 010 64071
Fax: 010 414084
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 08:30-12:00; Tuesday and Thursday, 08:30-12:00 and 14:30-16:00

Automobile Club d'Italia

Directory of Motorizzazione Civile offices

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The Italian Ministry of Transport states that only the following people may register a foreign car in Italy:

  • Italian nationals (even if living abroad)
  • Foreign nationals with official residence in Italy (proof of the car owner's residence is required)

The car must be registered in Italy with the local Motorizzazione Civile office within six months of its arrival in the country, as well as the Public Vehicle Registry (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico).

To import a car or a motorcycle registered abroad into Italy, it must first be registered and then entered onto the Public Motoring Register (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico/PRA) within 60 days.


There is a fee for issuing a number plate.

Cost to register for the PRA


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

Documents to Use[edit]

Download Registration Request (domanda di immatricolazione) form TT2119 (PDF)

Forms PRA

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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First step for the registration process is to contact the nearest Provincial Office of the ACI (Automobile Club d'Italia), which manages the Public Motoring Register, for guidance.

Required Information[edit]

It may be necessary to obtain technical specifications information from the vehicle manufacturer..

  • 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]

In order to register your car, you need to prove that you reside legally in Italy and own the car. If your car is used, it needs to pass an inspection before you can get your plates. This should make sure that it complies with Italian safety and technical standards. Basically the following rule applies: If your car is more than six months old and has more than 6,000 kilometers on the mileage counter, it is considered used.

Information which might help[edit]

According to EU legislation, technically it is not necessary for a used vehicle from another EU country to undergo a roadworthiness test (collaudo), as demanded by Article 75 of the Highway Code, if the validity of the final technical inspection carried out abroad can be deduced from the original document.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • Within 60 days of the date of issue of the Italian registration, the vehicle must be entered onto the Public Motoring Register (Pubblico Registro Automobilistico) (PRA). This is carried out at the Provincial Office of the ACI (Automobile Club of Italy), which manages the PRA in the province where the holder of the registration document lives.
  • The registration certificate ("logbook") is the document required for the movement of the vehicle, the driver must always carry in your vehicle in order to move.
  • It is issued by the Provincial Motor Vehicles (UMC) and returns the data related to the technical characteristics of the vehicle.

External Links[edit]

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The Public Motor Vehicle Registry, managed by the Automobile Club of Italy, is the institution that records the ownership of vehicles and so is the structure in which motorists must go to write down all the events that affect the legal situation - position of the vehicle (first registration, transfer of ownership, registration of guarantee in favor of third parties, loss of possession, export, etc..).