Registration Certificate for cars in Sweden

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Have you have purchased a vehicle and are in need a registration certificate? If this is your first time registering a vehicle, or perhaps you'd just like a refresher on what to do, this guide will explain everything you need to know about the registration certificate for your vehicle, as well as how it can be used.

Introduction to the Registration Certificate

In Sweden, every vehicle on the road is issued a registration certificate. Beginning in 2004, registration certificates were harmonised for all member states within the European Union. What this means is that all states must have similar certificates in order to make it easier to check vehicle information from other countries. In addition, under the harmonised system, there is a hope for easier movement between nations for drivers, increased safety on the roads, as well as a decline in illegal vehicle trade.

Distinguishing Differences Between New and Old Registration Certificates

The new, EU harmonised registration certificates function in the same manner as the old ones. They also contain most of the same information. But there are a few significant changes which should be noted. They are as follows:

  • Instead of being one part, the new registration certificate is made up of two documents (Part One and Part Two – more on this later)
  • To fight against counterfeiting, additional security measures have been implemented (e.g. watermarks)
  • Vehicle owners must consider Part Two of the certificate as a valuable document, as it is now necessary to complete certain other applications
  • One can no longer append their registration certificate with a "Certificate of Destruction"; This is now a separate document, and can be ordered here

Please note: If you received a new certificate, the old one should be destroyed. If you do not have a new, harmonised registration certificate, the old one is still considered to be valid.

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Ordering a Registration Certificate

There are two ways to order a registration certificate in Sweden:

Whenever a new vehicle owner is registered, or if the information contained on a registration certificate should change, a new registration certificate is issued. Additionally, in the case of a vehicle owned by a minor (who is not authorized to drive the vehicle), the certificate is sent to the registered custodian, as noted in the Swedish Road Traffic Registry.

To learn more about the most recently issued registration certificate for a specific vehicle, you can visit the Transport Agency’s website.

The Two Parts of the Registration Certificate

As previously mentioned, the registration certificate is made up of two parts. Each part has a unique function and will be sent to specific people, depending on the constellation of the vehicle ownership.

Part One: Technical Details & Registration Information

Part One of the registration certificate is sent to the person who is using the vehicle. This is often the owner. Although in some situations, take leasing for example, the vehicle user does not own the vehicle; rather they simply have an agreement with the owner to use the vehicle for a certain period of time.

Part One of the registration certificate comprises of the following information:

  • An authorization code (which is required on or to make calls to the Transport Agency’s service hotline)
  • Vehicle user / owner information
  • Information regarding purchases made on credit or vehicle leasing
  • General vehicle information and technical vehicle specifications

You can also use Part One when licensing the vehicle for use, ordering Part Two of the registration certificate, or ordering license plate. Additionally, Part One is necessary for making an off-road notification. This is when you will no longer be using the vehicle, and thus no longer need to pay traffic insurance or road tax.

Part Two: Ownership Related Records

The second part is sent to the owner of the vehicle, based on the information obtained by the Swedish Road Traffic Registry. This includes, in leasing situations, the lessor, rather than the lessee.

Part Two of the registration certificate is very important, because it needs to be attached to complete any written application for the transfer ownership when selling the vehicle (even when done with a car dealer) or when deregistering it.

Part Two of the registration certificate comprised of the following information:

  • The current owner
  • All previous owners / users (this doesn’t always apply)
  • General information about the vehicle

Do You Need a Duplicate of Part Two?

For those in need of a duplicate of Part Two of the registration certificate, there are two options:

  1. Order online on the Transport Agency's website and complete the identification process using e-identity. The duplicate costs nothing, and will be sent directly to the address listed in the Swedish Road Traffic Registy. Delivery takes around two or three working days.
  2. Order online on the Transport Agency's website or by telephone: +46 (0)771-25 25 25. You can collect the duplicate from one of Posten AB's distribution points within a period of four or five working days. You will need to have your identity checked before collecting the certificate, and there is a fee of SEK50.

Please note: The previously issued registration certificate becomes invalid upon ordering a duplicate.

What to Know When Travelling Abroad

If you plan to use the vehicle outside of Sweden, it is important to remember to bring your registration certificate with you. For those who have a new, EU harmonised registration certificate, it is only necessary to bring Part One with you.

Checking a Vehicle's Registration Number

CARFAX has partnered with the Transport Agency and many other sources to help provide used car shoppers with the most comprehensive Vehicle History Report in Sweden. CARFAX's Free Identity Check allows you to learn the following information about any used car:

  • Brand
  • Model
  • VIN
  • Body
  • Color
  • Fuel
  • Transmission

In addition, you can see the number of records for that vehicle on the CARFAX Vehicle History Report. The CARFAX Report contains a lot of detailed, useful information about a vehicle’s history, including:

  • Mileage records
  • Inspection information
  • Service history
  • Vehicle usage (e.g. private, taxi, rental, etc.)
  • Comprehensive technical specifications
  • Import and export history
  • And much more…

It's always recommended to learn as much about a vehicle before you buy, and CARFAX can help!