Paying customs and GST duties on an imported vehicle
If you’re moving to Jersey and bringing a vehicle, you’ll need to register it as soon as you arrive and you may be liable for customs duty and / or Goods and Services Tax (GST). If you import a vehicle from within the EU, you'll need to pay GST at 5% on the value of the vehicle at import. This includes all freight charges and insurance costs.
If you import a vehicle from outside the EU, you'll need to pay GST at 5% and the Common Customs Tariff (CCT). Use the trade tariff link below to check duty rates.
You won’t be able to register a vehicle with Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) until customs have cleared it and you've paid the relevant duties (for example, Vehicle Emissions Duty).
Customs duty is charged according to the type of goods and where they are imported from.
In cases where duty or GST payment relief is granted, you’ll be liable for any relevant taxes if you sell, hire or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle within 12 months.
Registering your vehicle
If you intend to live here for more than 12 months, you must register any vehicles you’re bringing with you immediately. There’s no grace period for driving in Jersey with foreign registration plates if your intention is to live here long term.
To register your vehicle, you need to complete the steps below:
1. Visit Jersey Customs at Customer and Local Services (CLS) at La Motte Street to pay any:
Documents you’ll need to bring to CLS
Documents you need to provide Customer and Local Services (CLS) to pay your GST and VED:
photo ID (driving licence or passport)
registration document (usually V5C which must include CO2 for cars and CC for vans)
invoice for vehicle or a recent valuation
ferry ticket for bringing the vehicle to Jersey
2. Visit Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) at La Collette to:
pay the vehicle examination fee (£37)
complete VRD 2 application form (available from the DVS registration office)
pay the registration fee (£30)
Documents you’ll need to bring to DVS
You'll need to provide the following documents to the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) office to complete your registration:
a Jersey driving licence (obtainable from your parish hall)
a valid insurance certificate or cover note for your vehicle (fax copies or photocopies are not acceptable)
a Jersey customs import declaration (not required where the person registering is a customs approved trader)
a valid registration certificate or export certificate (fax copies or photocopies are not acceptable)
the registration document or certificate of permanent export for the vehicle (If being imported from the UK sections 1 to 8 of the V5C document will be required)
a certificate of type approval for vehicles under 25 years old
an invoice or bill of sale for the vehicle
Registering your vehicle in Jersey
Paying Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED)
You'll need to pay Vehicle Emissions Duty (VED) when your vehicle is first registered in the island. This includes vehicles already in the island that have not yet been registered with 'J' plates.
The amount of duty you pay will be based on the manufacturers' CO2 emissions data which is normally only available for vehicles produced since March 2001. For any vehicle produced before March 2001, the cubic capacity (CC) will be used for the VED calculation.
Check your vehicle’s CO2 emissions
Vehicles not registered in another country
Vehicles which have never been registered fall into two categories:
For both categories, you'll need to produce either of the following (as well as the documents noted above):
a completed V55 / 1 (this form is issued by the manufacturer of the vehicle when it leaves the factory)
acceptable evidence from the manufacturer or the manufacturer's main dealer that the vehicle was supplied unregistered (certificate of origin for ex-USA vehicles)
All vehicles built in the EU for use in EU countries will have EU type approval.
Your registration documents will contain your type approval number, or you can contact your vehicle manufacturer.
Registering your vehicle in Jersey
Request a licence plate number
You can request a specific licence plate number using our online licence plate request form.
Request a licence plate online
You’ll need to pay £250 to purchase the plate and £93 to assign the number to a Jersey registered vehicle. If it’s a new and unregistered vehicle, you’ll only need to pay £30.