Deregistration of a vehicle
You shall deregister your vehicle if you sold it, if it was stolen from you, if it was destroyed or if you no longer plan on using itNOTE: For the duration of the epidemic in Croatia, and not longer than 30 days from the declaration of the end of the epidemic, vehicles do not have to be deregistered in the legally prescribed period of 15 days, and their owners shall not be sanctioned for doing so (Act on Amendments to the Road Safety Act, Official Gazette, No 42/20); however, after their vehicle registration certificate expires, such vehicles shall not participate in traffic.
You shall officially deregister your vehicle if you sold it, if it was stolen from you, if it was destroyed or if you no longer plan on using it.
If you sold your vehicle before 11 June 2015, you shall deregister it, unless the purchase and sale contract indicates that the vehicle shall be deregistered by the buyer.
If you sold your vehicle after 11 June 2015, the vehicle shall be deregistered by the buyer.
Required DocumentsThe deregistration procedure is carried out in any Roadworthiness Testing Centre, and the vehicle has to be deregistered by yourself or your authorised representative.
The following documents are needed for deregistration:
- Vehicle registration certificate;
- Registration plates;
- ID card of the vehicle owner or authorised representative;
- For M1, N1, and L5 type vehicles, a Certificate of Destruction in accordance with special regulation or the Declaration on the Vehicle Holding Location, unless the vehicle is an oldtimer.
When deregistering a vehicle, the vehicle owner does not have to submit the vehicle certificate of title, regardless of the fact that the vehicle has been registered before 1 July 2013, i.e. before the Ordinance on Amendments to the Ordinance on Registering and Marking of Vehicles came into force, but only registration plates and the vehicle registration certificate, unless the vehicle is deregistered by the new owner without a previous registration of the vehicle in his name, when the vehicle certificate of title has to be submitted as proof of ownership of the vehicle.
You can find more information on the registration and marking of vehicles in the Ordinance on Registering and Marking of Vehicles.
Time Limits for DeregistrationIf for any reason you failed to renew your vehicle registration certificate, you shall deregister your vehicle within 15 days of its expiry, submit your vehicle registration certificate in order to record the deregistration and return the registration plates at the Roadworthiness Testing Centre.
If your vehicle was destroyed, scrapped or stolen, the time limit for deregistration is 30 days.
If the vehicle registration certificate expired for more than one year, the Ministry of the Interior shall deregister the vehicle without the vehicle registration certificate and the registration plates.
Since 11 June 2015, i.e. the day when the Act on Amendments to the Road Safety Act came into force, it has been prescribed that new owners have 15 days from purchasing a vehicle to register it in their name or deregister it, unless it had already been deregistered. If they fail to do so, and if the legal transaction has been concluded after 11 June 2015, at the request of the person in whose name the vehicle has been registered, the Roadworthiness Testing Centre shall issue a decision on deregistering the vehicle.
The request for deregistering a vehicle is submitted in writing at the Roadworthiness Testing Centre. Apart from the request, one has to submit documents proving the change of ownership of the vehicle.
Based on the decision on cancelling its registration, the vehicle shall no longer have a valid registration, and it shall no longer be possible to use it in traffic.