Registration of Motor Vehicles of Diplomatic Missions
The rules for the registration and issue of diplomatic licence plate numbers and vehicle registration certificates to diplomatic missions, consular posts, international organisations and accredited personnel are laid down in Note No 241/2006 – DIPL of 22 February 2006.
A diplomatic licence plate number for a fleet motor vehicle of a diplomatic mission and for a private motor vehicle of diplomatic and administrative personnel will be issued following delivery of an application for motor vehicle registration to the Diplomatic Protocol Department. The application must contain the form “Application for the registration of a motor vehicle/trailer of diplomatic missions”, duly completed; this must be signed by the head of the mission and bear the official seal. Where persons other than the accredited staff of a diplomatic mission are authorised to act for the purposes of registration, the registration application must also include the first and last name of the authorised person, as well as the type and number of that person’s identity document. A further condition is the presentation of a copy of the vehicle registration certificate and the dealer’s invoice or a copy of the purchase contract. Once all these requirements have been satisfied, the Diplomatic Protocol Department will confirm the application by appending its official seal, the signature of the responsible person, and indication of the licence plate type to which the applicant is entitled.
The licence plate numbers are issued by the Department of Documents and Registration (“DDR”) of the Slovak Republic Police Corps Presidium on the basis of a duly completed application for vehicle registration confirmed by the Diplomatic Protocol Department, a copy of the identification document, the original of the vehicle registration certificate, a document of purchase of the vehicle, proof of mandatory insurance policy; for imported vehicles, also the vehicle’s registration certificate for individually imported vehicles and acceptance of homologation of the said vehicle during the stay of its holder in the Slovak Republic (issued by the District Office for Road Transport and Roads in Bratislava, Pri starej prachárni 14, 831 04 Bratislava).
The DDR will register the vehicle and issue licence plates and the vehicle’s registration certificate. A further condition for vehicle registration is verification of the information provided in the vehicle’s documents with the information on the vehicle itself. For that purpose, the vehicle must be presented for physical verification at the DDR.
In accordance with Section 3(6) of Act No 725/2004 on Conditions for the Operation of Vehicles in Road Traffic, as amended, the approval of vehicles, components, and separate technical inspections do not apply to the vehicles of diplomatic missions and of their diplomatic and administrative technical staff during their residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic, provided that reciprocity is guaranteed.
The DDR issues, pursuant to Section 125 of the Road Traffic Act, two types of licence plate numbers: (1) EE licence plate numbers for motor vehicles of diplomatic missions and consular posts and for private motor vehicles of their diplomatic and consular staff, and (2) ZZ licence plate numbers for private motor vehicles of administrative and technical personnel of international organisations, both followed by five digits. For vehicles assigned to the personnel of foreign embassies resident in the Slovak Republic, the DDR issues, along with the licence plate, a separate CD or CC plate.
The entitlement to register a motor vehicle in their name is also applicable to family members of the diplomatic or consular staff and personnel of international organisations.
The deregistration of a vehicle intended for export abroad is subject to the same conditions as for vehicle registration. A completed form “Application for a change – deregistration of a motor vehicle (trailer) of diplomatic missions”, confirmed by the head of mission, must be delivered to the Diplomatic Protocol Department. The Diplomatic Protocol Department will then verify whether the conditions stipulated in Section 61(13) of the VAT Act are satisfied and, if so, confirm the application by appending the signature of an authorised person and an official seal.
Subsequently, the vehicle holder is obliged to surrender the licence plates and vehicle registration certificate to the DDR. On surrender, the DDR will provide the holder with licence plates intended for the individual export of a vehicle, plus a new vehicle registration certificate. The validity of these export documents is limited and expires as of the last day of the month following the month of the vehicle deregistration for export.
Similarly to the requirements applicable to vehicle registration, a vehicle intended for export must also be inspected to verify whether the information indicated in the vehicle documents matches the information on the vehicle itself. Thus, the vehicle must be presented for inspection at the DDR.
Where a vehicle is exported to another country with the documents and licence plate numbers as originally issued, these documents and licence plate numbers must subsequently be returned to the DDR or, alternatively, a written statement by the competent police authority of the country to which the vehicle was exported confirming that the police authority has invalidated or seized such documents and licence plates.
The administrative proceedings in respect of the registration and deregistration of motor vehicles of diplomatic missions, consular offices and their representatives in the Slovak Republic are wholly exempt from administrative fees.
Under Section 86(1)(b) of the Act on Local Taxes and Charges for Municipal and Minor Construction Waste, provided that the condition of reciprocity is satisfied, the fleet motor vehicles of diplomatic missions, consular offices, and their diplomatic and administrative and technical staff are also exempt from motor vehicle tax. Under Section 4(1) (b) of the Road Tax Act (Act No. 87/1994, as amended), they are also exempt from road tax and, under Section 6(6)(k) of the Roads Act (Act No 135/1961, as amended), from tax for the use of motorways, roads and local roads.