2018 Brings Easier, But More Expensive Vehicle Registration

Lauren Simmonds

Gone are the days of longer waits and multiple offices, but you’ll have to dig a little deeper for the privilege…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 3rd of January, 2018, all public authority related to police registration has been taken over by the Croatian Vehicle Center (Centar Vozila Hrvatske) as of yesterday, which will result in significantly reduced bureaucracy.

159 STPs in Croatia carry out the technical inspection work of vehicles, and as of now, they’ll also deal with everything related to registration, as well as the collection of taxes related to these jobs. The new information system for registration, in which the Croatian Vehicle Center invested 15 million kuna, was reportedly functioning smoothly on the very first day of operation.

”As of today, people can register their vehicles in one place. They don’t have to come to the police anymore, making the procedure easy, reducing crowds, and allowing the redeployment of MUP (Ministry of the Interior) staff. MUP continues to be the owner of all the records and stations can use and enter data. We’ve made an important reform to make citizens’ services faster, simpler, and not be more expensive,” stated Interior Minister Davor Božinović.

Due to the abolition of the 5% tax on the acquisition of used cars, which was replaced by a considerably cheaper administrative fee which came into force at the very beginning of the new year, the process of transferring the ownership of a used car will be much more streamlined now than ever before, especially as visits to the police, the tax office and to public notaries are no longer necessary.

However, some services will be a bit more costly. For example, the transfer fee for the transfer of ownership has so far been a mere 50 kuna, as of now, 122.03 kuna will be paid. The extension of registration will no longer be possible to be done with the police at a cost of 66 kuna, but only at STP, for a price which stands at 158.40 kuna (among other things, a small check of the documentation which is charged at a cost of 57.65 kuna).

”Only 0.6% of citizens used this option, so it didn’t pay off. The fees are as they are as there are costs in the technical inspection stations,” Minister Božinović told Poslovni Dnevnik.

Žarko Katić of MUP explained that the charge is subject to change, for now it will remain as it is, but after six months the question of whether or not it can be made even less will be taken into consideration.


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