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96 Comments

  1. George
    25/09/2017 @ 11:03 am

    hello!

    i want to ask something. i live in greece and i am greek.i want to buy a car from bulgaria.the car belongs in a bulgarian citizen. the car has bulgaria sign and he is in sofia . how can i transfer the license car in my name and give it to greece.how long it takes and how much cost.

    Thanks in advance

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      25/09/2017 @ 12:30 pm

      Hello, George!
      Thank you for the question asked.
      I am glad to help you. Every single contract for buying (selling) a car has to be in written form in Bulgaria and has to have a notary stamp and signature on it. The seller has to give you two car registration documents (big and small one), a valid document for passed technical test and a valid car insurance.
      There are here 2 cases:
      1) He gives you the car with the bulgarian registration plates. You drive the car to Greece and register there on your name.
      2) He gives you the car without registration plates and you purchase car assistance which transports the car from Bulgaria to Greece.
      I can support you in both cases if you need any help with documents check and transport arrangement.
      If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask me.
      Best regards
      Georgi

      Reply

    • Hanna
      06/08/2018 @ 4:23 pm

      I live in sofia and I’m married from Bulgarian
      I have uae driving licence I can exchange to Bulgarian one
      Thank you

      Reply

      • gnikolov
        07/08/2018 @ 6:43 am

        Hi, Hanna! Yes, you can!
        Best Regards
        Georgi

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      • Hanna
        07/08/2018 @ 9:48 am

        Zdravei
        I go before 15 day to kat in sofia but they say no way to change and every one say to different
        If you know some one who work up he can help me I will be big thanks to you

        Reply

        • gnikolov
          08/08/2018 @ 7:38 am

          Do you have a Bulgarian identity card?

  2. George
    26/09/2017 @ 1:40 pm

    From your answer i choose the first option who means that i take the car with bulgarian sign
    1.How many days need the papers pass in my name
    2.where can i found you and how many days earlier i must warning you
    3. How much money do you take from me for your help
    4. Can we go the car in a mechanic check

    Thanks in advance

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      26/09/2017 @ 3:07 pm

      Hi, George!
      Thank you for asking!
      1. It depends. Which of the 2 options have you chosen? To buy a car and drive it with the Bulgarian plates to Greece or to transport it on a platform to Greece with no plates? Bulgarian Transit plates are valid only for Bulgaria. You can drive to the Bulgarian border with them.
      2. You can find me in Sofia and warn me the earliest the better. Usually, at least 2-3 days in advance.
      3. It depends what services exactly you require: 1) to buy the car instead of you 2) to translate you 3) to check the for you 4) to arrange you the car-platform and the transport to Greece 5) To arrange you transit plates for 30 days, so that you can drive the car to Greece
      I am also doing car check at the place of the car.
      On this link you can find cars which I have already check. It is in bulgarian:
      /bg/uslugi/pokupka-na-avtomobil-ot-sofiya-vraca-dupnica-blagoevgrad-i-drugi-gradove-okolo-sofia/

      The car check for cars located in Sofia is currently at the price of 40 BGN. Currently the car check in a trustworthy car service garage of mine costs 80 BGN.

      I am looking forward for your reply!

      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  3. George
    01/10/2017 @ 1:32 pm

    Hello my friend!!

    I choose to buy a car and drive it with Bulgarian dishes in Greece. tell us in detail what we do.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      02/10/2017 @ 8:56 am

      Hello, George!
      If you have not chosen a car yet, you can go to //www.mobile.bg or //www.cars.bg in order to choose the right car for you. After you have chosen it you can send me the link to the car via WhatsApp or Email. I will go and check the car for you. Afterthat, if the car is OK, I can reserve it for you. Then you come to Sofia, we finalize the contract between you and the seller and you can drive it home. But you have to know in advance that not every seller will agree to sell his/her car with the bulgarian plates on it. If I have to sell mines, I will never sell it with the plates.
      What do you think about the process?

      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  4. George
    02/10/2017 @ 11:27 am

    why not sell with Bulgarian dishes there is some reason? if they sell with Bulgarian numbers, only a notary contract is required and I go to Greece; or has another process

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      02/10/2017 @ 11:42 am

      Yes, in case you make a violation of the driving rules the owner of the car will be accountable for paying the fees. For example if you drive 90kmh by speed limit of 50 with the bulgarian plates, the bulgarian owner will be penalized for the violation and not you, the driver (in case of a speed camera on the road). Another example is a bank robbery or gas station robbery with a car which does not belong to you. There are many cases here. Some people may sell it this way, some may not. It depends on the personality I think.

      Best regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  5. George
    02/10/2017 @ 4:12 pm

    so tell me that if she accepts to give her with Bulgarian signs we will sign only one paper to the notary and nothing else.next gives me a small big coupon and car insurance and I leave for Greece.I understand correctly

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      02/10/2017 @ 7:17 pm

      Yes, exactly. This is the process. I do not understand exactly what you mean under “a small big coupon” but the documents are:
      1) A contract signed and stamped by the both parties and by a notary 2) Car insurance 3) Small and big car’s registration certificate 4) Technical inspektion

      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  6. George
    13/10/2017 @ 10:22 pm

    can you tell me from what I get temporary signs? I want the address number and a phone if it’s easy!

    Reply

  7. C. Chterev
    27/10/2017 @ 8:46 am

    Zdraveite,

    Obrashtam se kam vsichki na koito predstoi registracia na avtomobil v KAT -Sofia.Pravil sam go sam do sega kakto povecheto balgari i sam se machel
    kato greshen diavol.Otnemashe mi minimum polovin den v nai -dobria sluchai(ako si ot parvite sutrin),a v drug sluchai po cial den.Imah i sluchai, sled kato
    sam chakal s chasove, da se poiavi oficialen slujitel na opashkata ot avtomobili i da kaje: Za dnes do tuk!!! Istinski koshmar.

    Sega veche znam-polzuvam uslugite na vashata firma i tozi pat mi otne samo 2 chasa,a sledvashtiat pat shte vi dam kolata ot doma mi i shte ia polucha v ramkite na denia,bez dori da posetia bazata na KAT.

    Az mislia,che vseki razumen chovek, shte se vazpolzuva ot vashite uslugi bez da se zamisli,osobeno ako veche vednaj gi e polzuval.

    Ot vse sarce vi jelaia uspeh vav vsichki vashi biznes nachinania.

    S uvajenie

    C. Chterev
    Sofia

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  8. Aleksandar
    09/12/2017 @ 7:49 am

    good day. I bought a car in Bulgaria and paid a cam customs in bosnia. I’d like to check out the car in Bulgaria for export. What I need from the documents, and you can finish it. the price. thank you

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      09/12/2017 @ 9:01 am

      HI Aleksandar!
      Thank you for your Question! As far as I understand you have bought a car in Bulgaria and now you would like to register it in Bosnia. Would you please send me per email the contract you have signed with the bulgarian seller, so that I can have a full visibility over the documents. After that I will reply! Thank you!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

      • gnikolov
        09/12/2017 @ 9:55 am

        Hi Aleksandar!
        I saw the documents but you are missing the notary signed contract for sale of a car. This contract is obligatory to be signed for a car with bulgarian registration plates and registration certificate. You have to come back to Bulgaria and sign a contract in front of a notary together with the seller of the car. Only than the deal of sale is valid. This is my advise to you.
        Best Regards
        Georgi

        Reply

  9. Aleksandar
    09/12/2017 @ 1:34 pm

    Yes, I understand that, but I would like to unregister car in bulgaria. Is that contract still needed for that.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      10/12/2017 @ 9:59 am

      Yes, the contract is still needed. Otherwise you cannot prove your ownership of the car. You cannot cancel the registration if you are not the owner or you don’t have a power of attorney to do it.

      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  10. milo
    21/12/2017 @ 5:37 pm

    kak moze da odiava kola ot bulgaria? imam
    srpski pasport i bulgarski,
    i iskam da q karam v srbia,
    iskat mi da vrna nomerata v kat bg

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      22/12/2017 @ 5:15 pm

      Здравейте, Мило!
      Не можах да разбера въпроса Ви!
      Бихте ли го задали на български, английски или немски?
      Благодаря!

      Поздрави
      Георги

      Reply

  11. ihor
    29/12/2017 @ 8:38 am

    Hi! Can I go with transit plates to Ukraine, for college days?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      29/12/2017 @ 9:16 am

      Hi Ihor!
      Yes, you can. You need transit plates for export. Therefore, the car has to go through VIN and engine number check at car registration authorities in Sofia.
      Good luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  12. Bob Mosdell
    07/03/2018 @ 1:25 pm

    Hi Georgi, you have a very good web site. I see that you give a lot of advise in Bulgarian for people applying for and getting their driving licence. I am English and want to exchange my British Driving Licence for a Bulgarian Driving Licence. I am applying for permanent residency in the next two months so am entitled to exchange one licence for the other. I know I need a driving license medical declaration. Do you know where I can Download such a document? Also any other advice you could give me would be very much appreciated. Kind regards Bob.

    Здравей Георги, имаш много добър уеб сайт. Виждам, че давате много съвети на български за хора, кандидатстващи за и получаване на свидетелство за управление. Аз съм английски и искам да обменя британския си шофьорски лиценз за български шофьорски лиценз. Кандидатствам за постоянно пребиваване през следващите два месеца, така че имам право да обменя един лиценз за другия. Знам, че ми трябва медицинска декларация за свидетелство за управление. Знаете ли къде мога да изтегля такъв документ? Също така всеки друг съвет, който може да ми дадете, би бил много ценен. Поздрави Боб.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      08/03/2018 @ 2:34 pm

      Hi, Bob! Thank you very much for your question. I am glad to help you. You can get the medical declaration from your personal doctor. Everybody in Bulgaria is supposed to have one. First you need to get your bulgarian ID card, then you go to the doctor for medicine protocol and then you go to the police department in your city to apply for driving license replacement. I hope that helps.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  13. Jason Cooper
    28/03/2018 @ 5:00 pm

    Dear Georgi,

    We have just talked on the telephone. I am the owner of a BMWF800GS registered in BULGARIA, and need to have a renewal of my annual technical certificate. Could you please let me know the nearest town in BULGARIA that can give me this service, and how much it would cost ? I am currently in Ouranopolis in Greece.

    Thank you very much for your help !

    Jason

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      28/03/2018 @ 5:18 pm

      Hi, Jason!
      Thank you for your question. The closes technical check points to the border of Greece are in the city of Petrich. You just have to type “технически преглед Петрич” (“technical check in Petrich) and you will see couple of results on google maps and you can drive straight there. Usually a technical check of a car costs 35 BGN. Therefore it will not be more expensive then that. You don’t have to worry about passing the border with out-of-date technical check, because they do not check that – they check only passenger documents and vehicle’s registration certificate. But if you get stopped by the police on the road they will fine you 50 BGN but you can still keep driving.
      I hope that helps.
      All the Best
      Georgi

      Reply

  14. Tadeas galansky
    02/05/2018 @ 5:26 pm

    Hi I want to buy car in Bulgaria and export it to Czech Republic. Can I ride on Bulgarian plates with the owners approval and return them in Czech and they also unregister the car on distance? We called notary and they said we have to go kat first unregister the car and then do the notary which sounds weird to me. I thought first you go to notary sign contract and then you go to kat with contract approved by notary to unregister the car snd get transit plates. Also the owner lives in Sofia but his car is registered in different town. Is it possible to unregister the bad in Sofia?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      03/05/2018 @ 12:54 pm

      Hello, Tadeas!
      Thank you for your question.
      We had a legislation change in the beginning of this year 2018. And yes, the notary has given you a right advice.
      First, the owner has to visit the local KAT where the car has been registered and has to de-register the car (declare that the car won’t move anymore and will be sold abroad). Afterthat, we the registration certificates stamped from the local KAT authority, you go to the notary and you buy the car from him with a contract. Then you go back to KAT with the contract, car-insurance and the registration certificates and you apply for “Export plates” which authorize you to export the car and to drive the car abroad. I hope that helps.
      Have a nice day!
      Best regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  15. Michal
    09/05/2018 @ 2:47 pm

    Hi, I’d like to buy a car in Bulgaria and get transit plates to drive it to another EU country. I am a EU (non-Bulgarian) citizen. The issue is that the car’s license plates were “withdrawn” as the current owner forgot to pay a traffic fine – the plates will be “withdrawn” for another 3 months. Is it still possible for me to get Bulgarian transit plates if I buy the car? Thanks!

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      10/05/2018 @ 12:01 pm

      Hi, Michal!
      The fine affects the driver and the vehicle at the same time. The owner of the car has to wait for 3 months until the fine period expires in order to sell his car to someone else. My advice to you is to wait for 3 months or to buy another car. All cars in Bulgaria must have registration certificate part 1 and part 2. If the plates of the car has been withdrawn the registration certificate part 2 (small registration certificate) has been withdrawn as well.
      I hope that helps!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  16. Jean-Yves
    28/05/2018 @ 8:30 am

    Hi there
    I heard about underground carpark close to metro station with preferential fee for metro user (in Sofia) .

    Do you know where they are located and whether one can leave his car fo several days ?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      29/05/2018 @ 2:39 pm

      Hi Jean!
      Thank you for your question. There are 3 P+R parkings in Sofia. Unfortunatelly, they are not completelly for free.
      If you ride with a single ticket, then the first 2 hours are free and afterthat you pay 0.50BGN/hour.
      If you ride with a card valid a minimum of 3 days, then you have a free parking for the metro working hours and 0.50BGN/hour for every hour outside the metro opening hours.
      The metro works from 5.00 till 24:00, so you will pay only 2.50BGN per night which is really a very good price.
      There are only 3 P+R parkings in Sofia:
      1) Number one is on Tsarigradsko Shousse in the East of the city center of Sofia – “Inter Expo Center – Tsarigradsko Shose, 1784 7-mi 11-ti kilometar, Sofia”.
      2) Number two is in Nadezhda in the West of the city center of Sofia – “Buffer parking Lom road”, Address: “bul. “Lomsko Shose” 535, 1229 zh.k. Vrabnitsa 1, Sofia”
      3) Third one is in the South of the city center of Sofia – “Metrostation “James Boucher” parking” – bulevard “Cherni vrah”, 1407 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia

      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  17. Ashik
    09/06/2018 @ 7:26 am

    HI there, I currently have BG car and I’m in Ukraine. Got my license plates stolen and I want to order new plates from Bulgaria

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      12/06/2018 @ 2:10 pm

      Hi, Ashik!
      It is impossible to order online. You have to register the car again. You have to visit the registration office where you have got your previous license plates and do the registration again. Good luck!
      Best Regards
      G.N

      Reply

  18. Ali SLIMAN
    12/07/2018 @ 7:18 am

    Hi Georgi!

    Is it possible to buy and register a used car in the name of two new owners in Germany before exportation to Africa.

    Regards
    A.SLIMANI

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      13/07/2018 @ 7:30 am

      Hi, Ali! I have never seen that in the german registration documents. That’s is why I think that their software for typing the registration certificates does not allow two persons to be entered at the same time, but it is clearly written in the papers, that the name written in the registration certificate is not definitely the owner of the car.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  19. Paul
    26/07/2018 @ 7:53 pm

    I am visiting Bulgaria and my hire car was reversed into when parked. Only the license plate was damaged. Can I get a replacement? This would be cheaper than paying the insurance excess on the hire car I guess.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      27/07/2018 @ 7:46 am

      Hi Paul! No, it is impossible to get a duplicate of the car plate.
      Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  20. Nenad
    13/08/2018 @ 1:05 pm

    I’m surprised i could not find process to issue documents for foreigner.
    Talon was valid as much it was validity of my temporary personal ID, so now I now need new one.
    I’m EU citizen, i got new temporary ID. Nothing is changed, same car plates, same address.

    – what documents are needed ?
    – how much it costs ?
    – where do i need to go ?

    Thanks in advance
    Nex

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      14/08/2018 @ 9:16 am

      Hi, Nex! Your previous car registration has expired. Now you need a new car insurance, the old registration certificates (Part I and part II), the new ID card and a technical check. You have to go to KAT Sofia and register your car again. You will receive new plates and new registration certificates. The administrative tax is around 50 BGN.
      Good luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  21. Hugh
    16/09/2018 @ 4:49 pm

    Hi Giorgio. Do you know if there is any carpool / car share page on facebook from varna or golden sands to plovdiv?

    Reply

  22. sakis tsanas
    01/10/2018 @ 9:53 am

    I want to buy a car from a bulgarian citizen. The car has bulgarian plates and it is located in Greece. What do I have to do?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      05/10/2018 @ 7:34 am

      Hi, Sakis!
      You can buy a car with Bulgarian plates only if you and the owner of the car sign a contract in front of a Bulgarian notary. Another way to do it – the owner has to take the papers and the plates and bring them back to Bulgaria. In Bulgaria the owner has to de-register the car and bring you back the documents (papers). With the papers you go to the Greek office for car’s registration and you can register the car according to the Greek’s law.
      I hope that helps.
      Best regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  23. eugenio
    01/10/2018 @ 2:22 pm

    hi Georgi!
    do you know how much does a temporary german plate for 1 year cost? included of insurance and taxes.
    do you think is worth to keep a german plate for so long?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      05/10/2018 @ 7:38 am

      Hi, Eugenio!
      The price of the plates and papers is always fixed – between 50-65 Euros in the different Bundesland. What makes the difference is the validity of the insurance and the price of the insurance. You can buy insurance for a car for 9 days (57 Euro), 15 days (60 Euro), 30 days (79 Euro), 60 days (300 Euro), 90 days (450 Euro) or 180 days (900 Euro). You can buy the so called open insurance (for all kind of vehicles) for 360 days for 1990 Euro. It is up to up which kind of insurance you will pick up.
      Best regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  24. Ed
    15/10/2018 @ 12:47 pm

    Hello Sir,

    One company from Europe wants to buy a car from Bulgarian company. What documents should we bring with us to KAT to get transit number plates, insurance, green card and drive this through Europe?

    Thanks

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      16/10/2018 @ 12:19 pm

      Hello, Ed!
      In KAT you would need to show your company registration form officially translated to English or Bulgarian language. You need the stamp of the company and the owner of the company to be present at KAT for the export registration. The owner has to carry a valid id card. If the company’s owner is not present, you will need a power of attorney from him in order to represent him at KAT officially. The documents have to be presented in Bulgarian language preferably. If you have the original in Russian or English, my advise to you is to get the translated to Bulgarian by an official translator. You need to have the insurance of the car prepared in advance and show it together with the rest of the documents. The rest of the documents is – official contract of sale (original and copy), invoice (original and copy), papers of the car. I hope that helps.
      Have a great day!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  25. Daniela Ganeva
    18/10/2018 @ 3:12 pm

    Hello, I planning to transport my car Subaru Outback 2017 which I drove since the date of purchase in Oregon, USA. I have contacted a company located in Bulgaria to transport the car. It will be no taxes on import since the car was mine for more than 6 mo, and I have lived in OR for more than 10 years. I was told that I have to go to DEKRA to have the car standardized according to the requirements in BG, and then to register in KAT. I tried to find somebody who can handle all these procedures effectively on my behalf so I would not have to go through all troubles. Is there anything you can do to help with this matter. Or give me an advice. Thank you, Dani

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      20/10/2018 @ 8:00 am

      Hi, Dani!
      Yes, I can help you with the homogenization of the car in Bulgaria and its registering in KAT Sofia, but there will be some troubles along this journey. When you are in Sofia, just contact me and we will meet to discuss the case.
      Of course, before I haven’t even seen the car and the documents, I can’t promise you that it will go through registration here.
      My advise to you will be to sell your car in USA (because it is made for USA) and to by another one in Europe (made for Europe), because some parts of the car and documents there and here are different and there will be a lot of work to get your Subaru Outback registered here. Additionally it is a very new model and a rare model for Bulgaria, therefore finding new lights will be expensive and time-consuming.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  26. Ronit Kalujny
    15/11/2018 @ 3:06 pm

    Hello Georgi,
    Where can I find car parking place close to the corner of Uzundjovska and Knaz Boris I ?
    Where can I find car parking place close to the corner of Slaviyanska and vasil Levski ?
    Is there close to the above address’ streets that are out of the Blue or Green zone ?
    Thanks,
    Ronit Kalujny

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      20/11/2018 @ 9:18 am

      Hi, Ronit!
      You have to drive around and look for one. There are some paid parkings around those streets. But it is difficult.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  27. Ivan
    09/12/2018 @ 10:49 am

    Hello!

    I would like to have an annual technical check done on my car, an old Ford Fiesta.
    The registration plate is Slovenian, and as I need to prolong the validity of the Slovenian registration, I need a technical check. They said it’s enough to do it from an approved foreign EU facility, and it should contain also the emission test and the braking action test.

    I don’t need any official stamp on my car’s documents, but only a paper stating that the test was done and with the parameters, to have it then officially translated.

    Can you help me with this?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      11/12/2018 @ 9:49 am

      Hi, Ivan! Unfortunately, this is not possible in Bulgaria.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  28. Wouter Krusemann
    09/12/2018 @ 6:43 pm

    Dear Georgi,

    Does the Bulgarian system also have the option (like the German system) for export licenses plate that will be allowed up to 12 months before improting the car?

    If so , what cost and process is associated with these plates?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      10/12/2018 @ 4:09 pm

      Hi, Wouter! Unfortunatelly it is not possible. The Bulgarian transit plates are valid for 30 days only.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  29. LN
    10/12/2018 @ 6:56 pm

    Hi Georgi,

    I am a EU citizen and planning on permanently living in Bulgaria. Currently I have my first Bulgarian ID, which is valid for a year, but as said, the plan is to renew and stay afterwards.

    I have brought my car with me to Bulgaria and currently I am using it with the plates and insurance from my home country.

    What type of plate can I get in Bulgaria? Can I get a regular white and blue license plate here? Do I need to renew the plate each time I renew my Bulgarian ID?

    Many thanks for your info.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      11/12/2018 @ 1:20 pm

      Hi, LN!
      You can get blue plates with white numbers on it and they are valid as long as your id card is valid. Each time you get a new id card, you have to renew your car registration as well.
      I hope that helps.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

      • LN
        11/12/2018 @ 9:17 pm

        How come I ve never seen one of those white and blue license plates?
        More chances to get pulled over by the police with one of those?
        What would the cost be for one of those?

        Reply

        • gnikolov
          12/12/2018 @ 5:48 pm

          Hi, LN! How come you have never seen them – I can’t answer this question. More chances to get pulled over more often – yes, of course. The administrative cost for the plates is around 30 Euro.
          Best Regards
          Georgi

  30. Wouter
    31/12/2018 @ 3:36 pm

    Hi George,

    If we want your help with buying a car from Italy or Germany, transport to Greece and importing it in Greece. What would this? I understand that cost for transportation change on the Location but how much for the registration in Greece?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      31/12/2018 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi, Wouter! Unfortunately, I cannot help with the registration of a car in Greece. I would also not advise you to register your car there because of the higher vehicle taxes and vehicle insurances which are obligated and nobody can avoid. I would rather advise you to register your car in Bulgaria where the economic situation is stable at the moment and the vehicle taxes and insurances are at the lowest level for the whole EU.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  31. Wouter
    03/01/2019 @ 9:37 pm

    Dear Georgi,

    What would be the taxes for a Range Rover 2004, 3.0 tds diesel? How would I register a Bulgarian car without an nationaly? Does that not impact taxation of income etc?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      03/01/2019 @ 9:53 pm

      Hi, Wouter! Ecotax is 310 BGN. Insurance between 300-350 BGN. Registration tax is 54 BGN. You cannot register a car without a bulgarian id card – temporary or permanent. The only one option is to have a company registered in Bulgaria and to register the car on the name of the company. There is no correlation between personal income taxation and the registration of a car. The only tax which you pay after the registration is the year car tax.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  32. Nikolas
    10/01/2019 @ 8:08 am

    Hello! i want to get a car in Sofia for another Greek person person at hes name , what paper do i have to get with me to get transfer the car with temporary plates.
    And do i need one that document APOSTILLE stamp?
    Or just authorization for purchase process in his name and translation?
    The car interested is with Bulgarian registration. And is another one with registration from England. I believe one the second one need notary

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      10/01/2019 @ 9:36 am

      Hi Nikolas,
      In Bulgaria you need a notary-signed power of attorney, so that you can represent your friend in front of the Bulgarian authorities. Keep in mind that only Bulgarian language is accepted. This means that you have to find a notary in Greece who will sign and stamp the power of attorney and then you have to translate it to Bulgarian language.
      I hope that helps.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  33. Koen
    31/01/2019 @ 7:52 pm

    Hi,
    We want to register our mercedes-benz vario 512d to Germany because it’s currently registered as a Truck in Bulgaria and we would like to register it as a N1 class vehicle in Germany in order to be allowed to drive it with B-drivers license. This vehicle is currently registered on our bulgarian company.
    So now we’re wondering: What would the process, starting from Bulgaria, look like; and what cost should we be prepared to face?

    We bought the van to transform it into a motorhome but so far we have just been busy with figuring out the registration and a facings unexpected cost en problems. So your help would be greatly appreciated!

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      04/02/2019 @ 6:11 pm

      Hi, Koen!
      It will be a long journey. You have to sell the mercedes to someone in Germany and get german papers. Then when you get the german papers you have to go to TÜV. There you pay them to lower your maximum permitted gross weight (downsizing). When you have done this in Germany, the german owner resells your own bus to you again and you come to Bulgaria to register it. Be aware of some details – in order to do the “downsizing” the bus has to correspond to some rules. The maximum permitted gross weight of the bus shall be at least 30% over the own weight of the bus. If you send me a picture of the papers of the bus, I can tell you whether your bus is eligible for downsizing or not. I think it will be better if you sell the current one and buy a new one.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  34. Stephen
    04/02/2019 @ 2:45 pm

    Could you please confirm whether you are able to assist me with exchanging a UK driving licence for a BG licence?
    How do I book your services?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      04/02/2019 @ 5:59 pm

      Hi, Stephen! There is nothing difficult in that. You have to have a bulgarian ID card and to state in written that you have been living in Bulgaria for the past 6 months and you will stay here to live. You have to take with you a valid medical check (each doctor in Bulgaria can give you one), the UK driving license and the bulgarian ID card and then you go to KAT Sofia where you can exchange your UK driving license for a bulgarian one.
      Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

      • Stephen Thomas WRIGHT
        04/02/2019 @ 7:01 pm

        Hi Georgi, thank you for the comprehensive reply. You’ve given me a lot of advice here for free and I’m very grateful.

        Do you assist people with exchange driving licences? The KAT is a pretty intimidating place!

        If you don’t offer this service, I will be happy to offer you some business this summer with my car annual safety check and also some bodywork repairs.

        Many thanks again for taking the trouble to reply.
        Stephen

        Reply

        • gnikolov
          04/02/2019 @ 7:28 pm

          Hi, Stephen! I am not offering a service for assisting people exchanging their driving license but if you offer me something we can figure it out. Yes, call me whenever you need any assistance with your car. I will be glad to help you.
          Best Regards
          Georgi

        • Stephen Wright
          08/02/2019 @ 12:43 pm

          Hi Georgi, thank you again.

          One issue that keeps cropping up is that people keep telling me that I need an educational / matriculation certificate in order to exchange my driving licence.

          The European Commission agrees with you and says I don’t. Apparently, that is only necessary for non-EU licences.

          It might be easier if you and me can agree a fee for you to help me with this. I am happy to pay the same fee as other service providers are charging for their time. I’d rather work with someone who knows what they are doing. I’ll be back from a trip abroad in around ten days’ time.

          Thanks again
          Stephen

        • gnikolov
          08/02/2019 @ 2:42 pm

          Hi, Stephen!
          If you have and European driving license then you can exchange it for a Bulgarian with no problem. But for example if you have an Ukrainian or Macedonian driving license (Non-EU country), then you need a high school diploma translate into Bulgarian. This is in short the paraphrasing of the law.
          Best Regards
          Georgi

  35. Tassos
    04/02/2019 @ 5:33 pm

    Dear Georgi, I have a car registered in Sofia in my company there. It is a Hyundai i20 registered in category N1.
    I like to change the registration to M1.
    What do i need to do for that and what is the cost?
    Do i need to bring the car to Sofia for the procedure or only the car documents?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      04/02/2019 @ 6:07 pm

      Hi, Tassos! Thank you for your question. You have to bring the car to Technotest in Sofia, to pass a commission for a reconstruction. Then you have to submit the document from Technotest to Automotive Administration Authority and wait 7-10 days for your request to be approved. Then you go to KAT and register the car again. That is. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

      • Tassos
        04/02/2019 @ 6:23 pm

        Can you arrange all this procedure? and what will be the cost ?

        Reply

        • gnikolov
          04/02/2019 @ 7:37 pm

          Hi, Tassos! Yes, I can. I will think about the price. Please send me pictures of the car and pictures of the registration certificates per email. Thanks!
          Best Regards
          Georgi

  36. John
    04/02/2019 @ 10:42 pm

    Hello Georgi,

    I’ve a car with German plates that are expired and I have to register the car in Bulgaria.
    Is it possible to go back to the same office in germany where I registered the car the first time and get new plates without bringing the car? I’ve got a company who can assist me to get the insurance on the new plates.
    This way I could drive the car to Sofia directly.

    Thank you so much!

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      05/02/2019 @ 10:39 am

      Hi, John! Unfortunatelly you can not, because the registration certificates have expired and the number plates have expired. Once you apply for export numbers and documents in Germany you are obliged to export the car and you are not allowed to bring it back to the country. Only the insurance will not help.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  37. Bob
    06/02/2019 @ 2:47 am

    Hi Georgi, firstly thank you for your advice on changing my English driving license to a Bulgarian driving license. Everything went well.
    Can I ask you general question please? When we first came to Bulgaria we had to start a business in order that we could buy a house. When we came to change our car over to Bulgarian plates we registered it to the business. Can you tell me the differences between a car registered to a business and a car registered to a private person?
    Many thanks
    Bob.

    Здравей Георги, първо ви благодаря за съветите ви за смяна на английското ми шофьорско свидетелство с българска шофьорска книжка. Всичко мина добре.
    Мога ли да ви задам общ въпрос, моля? Когато за първи път дойдохме в България, трябваше да започнем бизнес, за да можем да си купим къща. Когато дойдохме да сменяме колата си на български плочи, ние я регистрирахме в бизнеса. Можете ли да ми кажете разликите между автомобил, регистриран за бизнес, и кола, регистрирана за частно лице?
    Много благодаря
    Боб.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      06/02/2019 @ 11:50 am

      Hi, Bob!
      You are welcome. I am glad to help. In regards to your next question. There is not a big difference – you pay insurance, state tax and you do an yearly technical check and your car is good to go. If you have a company’s car you have to have an accountant. The expenses around your car can be accounted to your company or not. It is up to you. I suggest you do not take any invoices of the company regarding your car if you do not write every kilometer you make and you are not using it with business purposes. Otherwise your company will have problems with the tax authorities.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

      • Bob
        06/02/2019 @ 4:34 pm

        Hi Georgi, thank you for the answer. But I was wondering about the registration more than anything. Is it true that a privately owned car has to go to KAT every year to have the registration renewed but a company vehicle does not. Maybe I am confusing myself?
        Regards
        Bob

        Здравей Георги, благодаря ти за отговора. Но се чудех повече за регистрацията. Вярно ли е, че частна кола трябва да отиде в КАТ всяка година, за да бъде подновена регистрацията, но фирменото превозно средство не го прави. Може би се обърквам?
        Поздрави
        Боб

        Reply

        • gnikolov
          06/02/2019 @ 8:20 pm

          Hi, Bob! There is not such a thing.

  38. Devi
    12/02/2019 @ 8:13 am

    Hello Georgi!
    I have a mercedes benz c220 (w203) and it is with tranzit numbers, because they didn't have Blue numbers for foreigner in Sofia, and they said take tranzit numbers for moment then after 1 month when they expired come on to ask if they have blue numbers or noy, if not, tranzit again.
    I will need your assistance Georgi to register car in sofia with Blue numbers etc. But i live in plovdiv and i don't speak Bulgarian, can you please ask in phone if they have blue numbers in Kat Sofia?
    Then we start proccedures to register it. Thanks in advance!

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      12/02/2019 @ 5:24 pm

      Hi, Devi!
      They don't have blue numbers now. They haven't had since October 2018. I know that it is a very long time. You have to check in 2-3 weeks again with me and I will tell you.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  39. Alex
    12/02/2019 @ 5:42 pm

    Hello georgi, i am from romania, i bought from a dealer in sofia a car imported from italy, the deal told me tomorow will provide me tranzit plates, are this plates availble in România?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      12/02/2019 @ 7:11 pm

      Hi, Alex! If your question is if the plates are valid for Romania, the answer is yes – they are valid. He will make you export plates.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  40. Devi
    12/02/2019 @ 6:47 pm

    Thank you for your reply, But now what i have to do? Because my current tranzit numbers expire next week, Do I have to surrender them and take new ones? Do i need my car in KAT Sofia? Also my car do not have Technical and physical control, How much cost the new one tranzit numbers? Thanks in Advance!

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      12/02/2019 @ 7:13 pm

      Hi, Devi!
      You have to go to KAT before your transit plates expire and do a new transit registration. If you live in Plovdiv for example, you can go to KAT Plovdiv. For transit plates you don't need technical check. Administration fee for transit plates costs around 50 BGN. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  41. Devi
    12/02/2019 @ 7:46 pm

    Yes , i live in plovdiv, the first registration transit i made in Sofia, Is this ok to make the second one in Plovdiv? Also what Doccuments they require?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      12/02/2019 @ 8:24 pm

      Hi, Devi! Yes, you can go to KAT Plovdiv. The original documents for the first registration you did and scanned copies of each document. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

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