Do as follows:
If you want to use a vehicle subject to car tax (External link) in Finland before first registration, you must first submit an electronic declaration of use to the Finnish Tax Administration. The vehicle must be registered in another EEA country or you must obtain a transfer permit for the vehicle. You must also declare the tax-exempt use of a vehicle to the Tax Administration (External link).
If your vehicle is subject to car tax, send the car tax return (External link) to the Finnish Tax Administration. You must submit the car tax return within five days of submitting the declaration of use to the Finnish Tax Administration. Contact the Finnish Tax Administration and Finnish Customs for value added tax and other charges.
The vehicle must undergo a registration inspection at an inspection station before it can be registered for the first time. We recommend that you make a copy of your foreign registration certificate for possible later use. If the vehicle passes the registration inspection, you receive a registration inspection certificate, which is required for the first registration. The inspection station will give you more information on the registration inspection and the validity of the registration inspection certificate.
Take your vehicle for first registration to an inspection station that offers registration services . You will get registration plates for your vehicle in the first registration. The following is required for the first registration:
- a valid registration inspection certificate
- for a vehicle subject to car tax, the permit granted by the Finnish Tax Administration (the document is transferred electronically to the Transport Register)
- for a vehicle imported from outside the EU, the customs clearance decision and an account of paid customs duties
- motor vehicle liability insurance.
Vehicle manufactures or their representatives issue certificates of conformity (COC) or other similar documents proving that the vehicle meets the relevant standards and requirements. When importing a vehicle, the certificate makes it easier to take care of car tax, inspection and registration matters. The certificate indicates, for example, the vehicle’s identification data and CO2 values.
When a vehicle that has been previously registered in an EEA country or Åland is registered in Finland for the first time, Traficom informs the registration authority of the relevant country or Åland about the matter.
If the vehicle has been previously registered in Finland and is re-registered in Finland after being registered in an EEA country or Åland, Traficom informs the relevant country or Åland at the customer’s request (https://www.traficom.fi/en/services/vehicle-commissioning (External link)).