A comprehensive and user-friendly information about when and how to register your car in Lithuania can be found on 'Regitra' video.
Only permanent residents who have declared their place of residency in Lithuania can register a vehicle. Foreigners who want to register their car in Lithuania, can do so only after they get a residence permit, personal number (asmens kodas) and declare their place of residency.
To register a car that was imported from abroad you need to take following steps:
- Pass a roadworthiness test (techninė apžiūra).
- Get insurance cover.
- If your car was previously registered in a non-EU country/Norway/Switzerland you will have to get a Certificate of conformity.
You will be issued with a registration certificate and registration plates.
May I drive a car with foreign registration plates?
- If your car has been previously registered in another EU country: If you change your country of residence to Lithuania , you have 6 months to re-register a vehicle previously registered in another EU country – measured from the date you started to use the vehicle on national roads. Actually, no clear control mechanism has been set up yet, as you can cross the border without any record being kept.
- If your car has been previously registered in a non-EU country: You have to register it in Lithuania if you spend here more than 90 days/year. You should register your car within 30 days from the day you receive your residence permit and register place of residency.
May I drive a right-hand drive vehicle in Lithuania?
Such vehicles can be used only temporary - up to 90 days per year. If you want to be driving it continually you must register it. The car then needs to meet certain requirements, such as have additional side wings, among others (upon registration, a special assessment certificate needs to be provided to Regitra).