Bringing a used car to Finland

If you took a used motor vehicle with you from a country in the EU or EEA, you are not required to pay car tax until you start driving it on Finnish roads.

File the declaration of use electronically. You must do this before driving the car in Finland. You must have a valid registration in another EEA country or you must obtain a transfer permit (in Finnish) from the Finnish authorities (Traficom).

Don’t forget to complete a tax return (in Finnish or Swedish) for car tax in five days after you submitted the declaration of vehicle use.

However, you do not have to file the declaration of use if the vehicle will not be driven in Finland before registration, or if the vehicle stays on a trailer when you move it around.

A used car from other countries than EU must additionally be cleared with customs. (Customs)

Guidance for completing the forms and instructions for payment – when the car is in Finland and you want to use it


Submit the declaration of vehicle use

If you want to operate the motor vehicle in Finland before registration, e-file a declaration of use in advance.

Note: at this stage, you can have an inspection for registration carried out for your car without further delay. For more information, see section 4.


File your car tax return

After you filed the declaration of use, you must file the car tax return in five days.You can file the car tax return when the vehicle is in Finland.

Note: decisions are not issued immediately after you have submitted the return. When the processing is finalised, you will receive e-mail to notify you of your car tax and you’ll also receive the decision letter by post.

Check the estimated processing time for the car tax return. Please note that the processing time for the tax returns can increase during summer.

If you cannot use the electronic filing service, you can send us a paper form. If you opted for the paper form, we will send you the decision letter only by post.


Pay the car tax

Pay the car tax by its due date. See instructions for payment.


Get the vehicle registered

Take the car to a test station. It will undergo an inspection for vehicle registration.

If necessary, you can go to the test station and ask for the inspection to be started even if you haven’t yet filed your car tax return.

This is required for some motor vehicles, including those imported from countries outside the EEA and vehicles subject to reduced rates of car tax. Inspection at the test station must be completed before the Tax Administration can make the decision on car tax.

Checklist for taking a motor vehicle with you to Finland

We recommend that you make sure to have the following specific details ready in advance:

  • the current registered owner
  • vehicle identification number and kilometre reading
  • type approval information from the certificate of registration
  • information on CO2 values from the certificate of registration
    • You can find both NEDC- and WLTP-values from the Certificate of Conformity
  • information on how you are allowed to transport or drive the vehicle in the country where you bought it in order to transfer it
  • information on how de-registration in the country where you bought the vehicle must be done
  • whether a foreign temporary registration for purposes of transfer is required
  • what kind of motor liability insurance will be required in Finland.

You can see the owner details, vehicle identification number and CO2 omissions on the vehicle’s foreign registration certificate. You will also need a photocopy or photograph of the foreign registration certificate for taxation purposes.

More information is available at any test station in Finland and from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Traficom.

File details on vehicles subject to reduced car tax or exemption

You are also required to file the car tax return in case the vehicle is exempted from car tax or subject to reduced car tax:

  • Diplomatic vehicles
  • EU vehicles
  • Veterinary vehicles
  • Taxis
  • Motor homes
  • Rescue vehicles
  • Hearses
  • Ambulances

For more information, contact the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom).