The transfer permit can be issued for taking a vehicle for inspection or to a repair shop. The transfer permit can also be issued for a vehicle that is used in traffic but has been banned from use so that it can be taken to a repair shop, as well as for taking a vehicle that has been banned from driving on the basis of the Vehicles Act to a repair shop or for inspection.
A vehicle that is used in traffic can be taken to an inspection site even after the periodic inspection period has ended using its own registration plates and without a transfer permit as long as the inspection time has been reserved in advance.
A decommissioned vehicle that still has its registration plates attached to it and valid motor liability insurance may be used in traffic when the vehicle is to be transferred to an inspection site for an inspection that has been reserved in advance and then immediately from the inspection site to a location where the vehicle is to be stored or repaired.
A vehicle that has been imported from abroad can be transferred using a transfer permit directly through Finland to the place of export or some other location in the country.
A vehicle combination may be transferred using a transfer permit from the place of import to another location in Finland or to the place of export if the use of both vehicles is related to the transfer of the vehicle and both vehicles have been brought from abroad.
Before you enter the country, remember to check whether the entry point’s custom officials can grant transfer permits and whether you can apply for a transfer permit in advance.
Presentational purposes refer to the presentation of new vehicle models that have never been registered as well as the presentation of a product that is closely linked to a new or used vehicle, such as a water tank or pump that has been built into a trailer.
The customer must present a detailed statement in writing on the presentation, its purpose, the route and the driver, and they must also specify whether the transfer permit will be used to present the vehicle or any closely attached devices.
The transfer permit can also be issued for the presentation of a used car.
A transfer permit can be issued for a competition that is part of the event calendar of a national motorsport organisation that has been registered in Finland. A transfer permit can also be issued for other competitions that are arranged in other Nordic states, and in such cases the applicant must present proof that the competition exists or that they intend to participate in said competition.
The transfer permit will be issued for racing in the competition area. The competition may include e.g. a special test and a rally inspection.
A transfer permit can be issued for a competitive 0 car or the master bikes used in enduro competitions. In the case of an enduro competition, the manager of the competition must list the persons and master bikes that require a transfer permit for the competition, and the list must be presented when applying for the transfer permit.
The transfer permit does not allow you to participate in any practice runs, make notations or drive to and from the competition site.
The transfer permit must always include the time and place for the permit as well as the name of the competition.
The first time that this is done, you must also submit a declaration to the Finnish Tax Administration.
Inspection sites and certain Finnish customs (External link) sites can issue transfer permits for vehicles imported to Finland that last longer than 7 days if the applicant presents a declaration of use that has been confirmed by the Finnish Tax Administration in connection with their transfer permit application.
Transfer permits that are issued on the basis of a declaration of use are needed for example when
- the car taxation matter is still being processed by the Finnish Tax Administration (valid for 3 months)
- when a vehicle that is intended to be sold in Finland is used for test driving or presentational purposes by a company that imports, manufactures or sells vehicles (valid for 9 months).
The transfer permit is issued for a maximum duration that ends by the end date of the right of use specified in the declaration of use that has been confirmed by the Finnish Tax Administration. The validity of the permit and its tax-exempt use requires that the car taxation declaration be submitted within 5 days after the permit has been issued.
The 3-month transfer permit does not limit the temporary transfer of the vehicle to another person than the one who submitted the declaration of use or their family member.
- The validity of the permit ends on the due date of the car taxation decision.
- The validity of the permit ends if the car tax is cancelled.
- No transfer permit is needed if the vehicle is equipped with a valid set of EEA registration plates: a vehicle that is subject to car tax and has been registered in an EEA state can be used for the duration that permits its car tax-exempt use (3 months/9 months) and for the 7 days that follow that period.
For example, transferring a decommissioned vehicle to a winter storage location.