Vehicle registration in Malta is quite a straightforward affair, which involves applying through Transport Malta, the directorate responsible for all forms of travel on the islands.
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of Malta’s vehicle registration, it is worth noting a few important things.
Driving in Malta
In Malta, traffic drives on the left, like the UK, Ireland and Cyprus. To drive on the islands, one must hold a valid driving licence. The vehicle must be adequately insured and have current registration plates.
The minimum driving age is 18, and seatbelts must be worn at all times, both in the front and rear seats. It is illegal to smoke in a vehicle containing minors.
The police and local wardens may issue contraventions. In the event of an accident, you have to inform either of the two. But in the case of a bumper to bumper accident, you must fill out the relevant forms.
It is worth noting that there are several park-and-ride facilities in Malta. Parking is, in general, limited.
Also, Valletta, the capital, has an automated entry charge system, and bills are mailed to the registered vehicle owner’s address.
New or used vehicle registration in Malta
The Motor Vehicles Registration and Licensing Act (Cap. 368) and the Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles, Subsidiary Legislation 368.02 regulates the Registration and Licensing of all Motor Vehicles in Malta.
If you buy a new vehicle in Malta, the seller or dealer can register through the gov.mt website. You may also register yourself.
If you have bought a used vehicle, you would need to take it to the Technical Unit at the Land Transport Directorate in Floriana for inspection. Bring along the logbook and the vehicle registration value.
Once the roadworthiness and value of the car are established, the vehicle can be registered through the Vehicle Registration website.
Bringing a car into Malta for registration
If you plan to register a vehicle that you brought from another EU state in Malta, you must visit Vehicleregistration.gov.mt to establish the value of the registration tax. You may set an appointment with Transport Malta through their website or by calling on 2123 3029.
Once done, you must take the vehicle for inspection as per above. To register the vehicle, you would need to have the vehicle’s logbook. If the car had previous owners, then their signatures must also be present on the logbook.
Once the car passes inspection, the vehicle can be registered through the website or to Transport Malta.