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Old 09.06.2021, 13:12
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Car registration and other

Hello Everyone

At the beginning I have been following this forum for a while and it helped me a lot many times. Finally, I came to problem which I did not find direct answer

The problem I got is that me and my girlfriend are living in Switzerland for almost a year I understand that we should register our car in here. At the same time we are planning to sell it in next 9-12 months and buy car in Switzerland. Since there are a lot of formalities with registration and it is quite expensive we are wondering what is the best option in this case.

- I did not recall filling any Custom Service forms for the car on the boarder (based on information, which I have found recently there are some forms required - e.g. form 13.20 B). First time we cross the border our IDs were checked and we bought vignette and that was all. In last year we travelled few times by car to Poland and also there where no problems. Is it already a violation/crime that we did not 'declare' our car?
- How the authorities know that that car is used in Switzerland for over a year? Is car getting registered somehow when you cross the boarder or 'one year' period starts when you fill 13.20 form? Or is it just based on when the car owner received his permit?
- What are the consequences of driving with on foreign plates for for over a year?
- If we do not register our car in Switzerland should we expect problems when crossing a boarder or during police routine control?
- Are there a lot of formalities/additional expenses when you are selling car registered in EU in Switzerland? (I expect that there is separate post on this forum which covers this but unfortunately I did not found it...)

Few words about me (might be useful to provide detailed answer):
- I moved to Switzerland from Poland almost a year ago (beginning of August 2020) with my girlfriend,
- We are planning to move back to Poland in August next year so in long term we would like to avoid unnecessary formalities,
- I work remotely for Poland (and pay taxes there), but I got 'B permit', since my girlfriend got a job here,
- Car is registered in Poland (we both are 50/50 owners of the car)
- Car is insured in Poland (insurance also cover accidents in EU and Switzerland)
- We got valid car inspection (also done in Poland),
- We live in Canton Vaud.

Many thanks for your help!
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Old 09.06.2021, 13:30
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Re: Car registration and other

It's a year from when you first moved here, also for you license.

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Old 09.06.2021, 13:58
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Re: Car registration and other

Cross your fingers that you never get pulled over or even worse into an accident.
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Re: Car registration and other

All your obligations are counted from the date you entered CH, which is written in your B permit.

If you haven't done your 18.20 household effect declaration yet, you still can announce your car legally, which I strongly recommend, and you drive it till "one year date", when you decide what you want to do with your car, export it back to Poland or register||sell here.
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Re: Car registration and other

It is actually 18.44 document, I was wrong in the post above but I cannot edit it.

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html
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Re: Car registration and other

If you hadn't owned the car for 6 months before you yourself moved then there would be VAT etc to pay. Your licence will also become invalid in Switzerland after 12 months.
You could talk to your local traffic office to see if you can get a dispensation.

Unless there's tax to pay or your car is in a bad condition it doesn't have to be expensive to put it on Swiss plates but you need to switch to Swiss insurance too.

As you didn't get any form, there's no official record of the car being here. Like a lot of things it'll only be a problem if you get caught. Many people think if they get asked for documents they can pretend to be tourists.
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Re: Car registration and other

When you moved definitively to Switzerland you should have proactively declared your car, together with your household inventory. You can add goods up to 12 months after moving and on the whole the customs guys are friendly and helpful. For them it's far more interesting to deal with such cases than someone having a couple of extra kilos of meat in the car! As a previous poster has said you must have been the owner of the vehicle for at least 6 months before you moved to Switzerland. I would assume that your Polish registration document will confirm this.
The fact that you want to move away again in 12 months isn't really relevant, you have 12 months to get the situation straightened out and that's it.
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