FAQ

What documentation do I need to provide A.M. Capurro with in order for them to register my car in Gibraltar?

a). For vehicles being registered in the name of an individual and on a non-private registration number basis, we require the following documents:-

1.Copy of I.D. Card, Passport or Driving Licence

2.Insurance Cover Note to include new vehicle registration number issued by the Gibraltar Vehicle Licensing Authority and the name of the person under whom we are to register the car.

b). For vehicles being registered in the name of an individual and on a private registration number basis, we require the following documents:-

1.Copy of I.D. Card, Passport or Driving Licence of owner of Private No.

2.Insurance Cover Note to include private vehicle registration number and the name of the owner of the Private No. under whom we are to register the car.

3.If the Private No. is not registered to another vehicle, we require a receipt from the Licensing Authority confirming the purchase of the same.

4.If the Private No. is already registered to another vehicle, we require the logbook of the current vehicle.

N.B. In all Private No. registration cases, we will require the owners of said numbers to sign an “Application For The Purchase Or Transfer Of A Personalised Number” form issued by the Gibraltar Vehicle Licensing Authority. 

c). For vehicles being registered in the name of a Company, whether on a Private or Non-Private registration basis, same conditions as above apply; however, instead of the ID card, Passport or Driving Licence copy, we will require a letter addressed to the Gibraltar Vehicle Licensing Authority under Company letterhead confirming the purchase of the vehicle from A.M. Capurro & Sons Ltd.

–°an I drive a Gibraltar-registered car in Spain and in any other EU-Member State?

To drive a Gibraltar-registered car in any EU-Member State, you need to be either a Gibraltar resident or a non-EU resident. This claim has to be supported with the relevant documentation. In the case of a Gibraltar resident, whether temporary or permanent, you must provide Authorities with your Gibraltar-issued ID Card (N.B. no other form of documentation to prove residency will suffice). If you are an EU resident that does not have temporary residency in Gibraltar, you will not be entitled to do so. If you were to, you would effectively be an EU citizen evading EU taxes on the car.

What documentation do I always need to carry in my car to be road legal in Spain?

We strongly advise clients to always have their up to date Green Card Insurance which ensures cover in the event of an accident, needless to say that any driver must always be covered under the policy. Clients should also have their valid Driver’s Licence and the original copy of the Vehicle Registration Document issued by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority. This last document proves that the vehicle belongs to it’s rightful owner. In the event that you are driving and are not the rightful owner of the vehicle yet, you have his / hers permission to do so, we strongly recommend that you get a letter of authorisation duly signed by the owner and notarised. 

How soon after registration do I get my Vehicle Registration Document (Logbook) which proves the car is legally mine?

This document is issued by the Gibraltar Vehicle Licensing Authority and its issue is therefore completely out of our control. The Authority typically takes about 4-5 working days to issue. As part of our sales service, we collect these documents on your behalf once ready. We then call you in to our premises to collect.

Do I need to keep any further items in the car, other than the standard manufacturer’s equipment, to be road legal in Spain?

The answer is yes. You must, at all times, carry a spare wheel (in good condition and at the right tyre pressure), a spare set of bulbs, two warning triangles, a reflective vest and first aid kit. These items are a minimum legal requirement for Spain. All our cars are supplied with a “freebie” case containing the above plus, a torch, batteries, gloves and plastic rain cover.

Can you assist us with Insurance Cover?

The answer is yes. Obviously individual conditions will apply, however we can shop around the various Gibraltar-based Insurance Companies to find the best deal which meets your exact requirements. We will require you to provide information such as driver ages, proof of no claims discount etc…to help us in our search.

Can you install insurance-approved Satellite Trackers?

Yes. We are appointed agents for Navtrak Limited in Gibraltar. NavTrak Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cobra Automotive Technologies spa. The Cobra Automotive Technologies Group is the European market leader for stolen vehicle tracking and location based services with clients such as Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Hummer, Lamborghini, Maserati, Nissan, Porsche, Renault and VW.

How can I arrange breakdown assistance cover for Spain and Portugal should I want it?

All our Mitsubishi’s automatically cover you for a 3 year period throughout Europe, however unless specified, most other brands do not offer this service. We therefore recommend you organise breakdown recovery through your own respective insurers.

Am I entitled to drive a Gibraltar-registered tax-free car?

Gibraltar residents are not entitled to purchase Gibraltar tax-free cars.

To qualify for a tax-free registration there are two options available:


1.Tourist Plates

A non-EU resident is entitled to have a Gibraltar-registered tax-free car. This registration is renewable annually and the tourist can freely come and go from Gibraltar. This type of client is also able to drive anywhere in the world except in his/hers country of residency. After the fourth year vehicle must come back to Gibraltar for an MOT.


2.Export Plates

Although it is possible for an EU resident to purchase a Gibraltar tax-free car, this type of client is not eligible to drive away (albeit for a short transit) to his/hers country of origin. If a client attempted to do so, this would be considered by the EU Authorities as an attempt to evade EU taxes. In such cases, additional onward transport would have to be organised, e.g. onboard a car transporter, sea freight etc…The client would then have to register the vehicle in his/hers country of residency.