When to register a car in the Czech Republic
The import of a car can take up to a month and can get quite expensive. So, if you don’t want to spend much money and deal with a lot of paperwork, consider renting a car, which will make it so much easier. If you are planning to stay in the Czech Republic for more than one year you have to register your car. Before the registration the car must undergo a technical check-up by the Czech Technical Inspection (STK) which it has to pass. After the technical check-up, you will be issued a certificate which is valid for 3 months. In order to register you also have to provide the technical specification and operating manual of your vehicle. According to the Czech laws, you can only register cars that are less than 5 or 8 years old.
An import tax
There is an import tax of CZK 10 000. You do not have to pay the import tax if you have owned your car for at least one year abroad and have used it for a minimum of half a year before importing. If you want to stay in the Czech Republic for less than one year, you don’t have to pay import tax either.
In order to rent a car in the Czech Republic you have to be at least 21 years old. The documents you will need is your driving license and passport, and then, of course, your credit card.
There are both national and international car insurance companies in Czech Republic. Travelling to other country or turning the car back in other country’s office may be charged extra. Travelling to some countries, like those from Eastern Europe, may be restricted or there may be an extra fee.