Change of ownership

Have you bought or sold a vehicle? If so, you and the other party must make a notification of the change of ownership.

You can do this

If you buy your vehicle from or sell your vehicle to a car dealer, he or she is often able to do the change of ownership for you.

Notification of the change of ownership online

Here, you as a private person may notify the Swedish Transport Agency of the change of ownership using our e-service. Please note that you cannot choose a date for the change of ownership, as the change of ownership will be registered immediately on that same day.

You cannot make an off road notification using the change of ownership e-service. Read more in the section on Making an off road notification in conjunction with a change of ownership online.

In order to be able to use the e-service, the following is required

  • the seller should be able to prove their identity using a Swedish e-identification (for example BankID or mobile BankID).
  • the seller as well as the buyer should have a valid Swedish driver's license and should be above the age of 18.
  • The seller should state the authorization code ("behörighetskod"), which is printed on part 1, the blue part, of the vehicle's registration certificate. This authorization code proves that the seller has access to the most recently issued registration certificate and this information is also updated promptly in the Swedish Road Traffic Registry after the change of ownership.

E-service Anmäl ägarbyte (in Swedish only)

If, for some reason, you cannot access the e-service you may either submit the notification using our app Mina fordon or in writing using the registration certificate.

Notification of change of ownership using our app Mina fordon

As a private person, you can submit a notification of change of ownership using our app Mina fordon, which you may download for free from the App Store or Google Play on your iPhone or Android mobile phone.

Please note that is not possible to choose a date for the change of ownership as the change of ownership will be registered immediately on that same day.

To submit a notification of change of ownership using our app the following is required

  • The seller should have access to part 2, the yellow part, of the most recently issued registration certificate.
  • the seller as well as the buyer should have a valid Swedish driver's license and be above the age of 18.

PLEASE NOTE that you should never let anyone take a picture of your driver's license. Always enter your driver's license details yourself when you submit a change of ownership, using the app.

Read more Q&A's about change of ownership using our app (in Swedish only).

If, for some reason, you cannot use the app you may either submit the notification using our e-service for change of ownership or in writing using the registration certificate.

Notification of change of ownership using the registration certificate

If you choose to make the notification of change of ownership using the registration certificate you should use the most recently issued original registration certificate. The notification should be made on part 2, the yellow part, of the registration certificate. If your registration certificate was issued before September 2004 there may only be one part.

Content of the notification

A notification of change of ownership must include:

  • the buyer's personal identity (ID) number, corporate ID number or any other number that has been allocated, 
  • the buyer's name, 
  • the buyer's address in Sweden, 
  • the date on which the ownership is to be transferred,
  • the signatures of both the buyer and seller.

When changing ownership to someone who is a minor (that is, under the age of 18), the notification must also include:

  • the personal identity (ID) numbers, names and signatures of custodians,
  • details about which of the custodians should be registered.

Send the notification

The notification of change of ownership should be sent to
The Swedish Transport Agency 
S-701 81 Örebro, Sweden

Please ensure yourself that the notification is put in the letterbox in order to certify that it will be sent to the Swedish Transport Agency. You should also check that the other party is actually the person they claim to be.

The notification must be received by the Swedish Transport Agency within 10 days of the transferral of ownership. Otherwise, the date the notification was received will be registered as the date of the change of ownership (instead of the date of the change of ownership stated on the notification).

Making an off road notification in conjunction with a change of ownership online

If you want to make an off road notification for a vehicle in conjunction with a notification of change of ownership online, you need to do this before or after the registration of change of ownership. You cannot make an off road notification using the e-service for change of ownership.

Before: You, as the seller, make the off road notification of the vehicle using one of our services before the change of ownership. Any remaining vehicle tax will then be paid back to you. However, if we receive a notification of change of ownership, valid from that same day (or an earlier date), the new owner may contact the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to request a review of the repayment of the vehicle tax. This means that the Swedish Tax Agency may instead decide that the new owner should receive this repayment of vehicle tax.

After: You, as the buyer and new owner, can submit this off road notification for a vehicle on our web site after the change of ownership, if you have a valid Swedish e-identification. If you do not have e-identification, you must wait for the registration certificate, part 1, to arrive by post. Please note that you must have a traffic insurance, sometimes referred to as third party insurance, covering those days that the vehicle is licensed for use.

Traffic insurance and change of ownership

If the vehicle is licensed for use or will be licensed for use in conjunction with the change of ownership, the new owner should get a traffic insurance. This insurance should be valid from the date of the change of ownership. The seller's insurance will be cancelled automatically when the change of ownership has been registered in the Road Traffic Registry.

Trailers are not required to have traffic insurance.

Read more about traffic insurance.

Vehicle tax and change of ownership

If the change of ownership is made the same month as the vehicle tax is due to be paid, the liability to pay tax is not transferred to the new owner. This applies even if the change of ownership is made before the tax is due to be paid. The last digit of the vehicle's registration number decides what month the vehicle tax is due to be paid.

Vehicle tax that has been paid previously will not be repaid when we register a change of ownership for a vehicle that remains licensed for use (that is, if there is no off road notification submitted for the vehicle in conjunction with the notification of change of ownership). In this case the vehicle tax accompanies the vehicle.

If an off road notification is made for the vehicle in conjunction with the change of ownership, the vehicle tax is affected. Read more about these situations in the following links.

Read more about making an off road notification in conjunction with a change of ownership.
Read more about licensing a vehicle for use in conjunction with change of ownership.
Read more about vehicle tax.

Licensing a vehicle for use in conjunction with a change of ownership

If a vehicle is going to be licensed for use in conjunction with a change of ownership, the new or the old owner will be liable to pay tax, depending on how and in what order these notifications have been made to us.

If you use our app Mina fordon, or our e-service for change of ownership, the change of ownership will be made instantly and you can notify us of licensing your vehicle for use that same day, at the same time as you notify us of the change of ownership. The new owner will then be liable to pay tax.

If you send a notification of ownership and licensing of your vehicle using the registration certificate, the vehicle will be licensed for use as of the date we register your notification. Normally this day corresponds to the day it was received by the Swedish Transport Agency, or a future date that you have stated on your notification.

If you license your vehicle for use using the registration certificate in conjunction with the change of ownership, the new owner will be liable to pay tax.

If you submit a notification to license a vehicle by using one of our self-services, the person who is the owner of the vehicle at the time is always obliged to pay the vehicle tax. However, if we receive a notification of a change of ownership where it is noted that the vehicle changed owner that same day (or an earlier date) that the vehicle was licensed for use, the person who has been charged for the vehicle tax (the seller) may contact the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to ask for a review of the vehicle tax. This means that the Swedish Tax Agency could decide that the new, registered owner is obliged to pay tax.

Read more about licensing a vehicle for use.

Making an off road notification in conjunction with a change of ownership

If you make an off road notification you will no longer have to pay vehicle tax and you are no longer required to have a traffic insurance (we will notify the insurance company when the vehicle has been taken off the road). We will refund any surplus (excess) amount of vehicle tax that has been paid. Amounts of less than 50 SEK will not be refunded. The amount will be refunded to the person registered as the owner at the time the off road notification is made for the vehicle. If an off road notification is made for a vehicle in conjunction with a change of ownership (and has been made in the same notification) this tax will be refunded to the new owner.

An off road notification is valid from the day the Swedish Transport Agency received a complete notification. If the change of ownership and the off road notification are made on the registration certificate this may mean that the vehicle is licensed from the date of the change of ownership (according to the notification) until the date an off road notification is made for the vehicle (the date on which the notification was received). This means that the new owner is responsible for having a valid traffic insurance during this period.

Please note that the off road notification is made immediately if you use our e-service or our app Mina fordon.

Read more about making an off road notification.

Leased vehicles

If the vehicle is the subject of a leasing agreement for a specific amount of time of at least one year, the lease should be registered in the Road Traffic Registry. However, this does not apply if the leasing agreement is between two private persons. If the lease should be registered in the Road Traffic Registry you should state the lessor's corporate identity (ID) number on the registration certificate in the 'Other notifications' (Övrig anmälan) section.

If you sell a leased vehicle, we will only approve the notification if the lessor has approved the transfer or if the notification is made directly by the lessor.

Vehicles bought on credit

When a business owner sells a vehicle on credit (credit purchases with reservation regarding the right of repossession) this should be registered in conjunction with the change of ownership.

If you buy a used vehicle you will always be responsible for checking the vehicle's background before completing the transaction. If the previous owner did not fulfil their credit obligations, there is a risk that you may have to pay for the vehicle twice.

Our e-service for finding vehicles by registration number, Söka fordon med registreringsnummer (in Swedish only), has information on if a vehicle has been purchased on credit. This information may be found in the 'Summary' (Sammanfattning). If the vehicle has been bought on credit you will see the term "Kreditköp" in the section "Upplysningar".

We also provide information about vehicles that have been bought on credit, when this information is available, in our automated service for owner and vehicle information which you can reach on +46 (0)771-14 15 16 (the automated service is in Swedish only).

Tractors and off-road vehicles

The Swedish Transport Agency must be able to assess how the vehicle is to be taxed. Therefore the notification should include a thorough description of the vehicle's use.

Taxis and other commercial vehicles

When a change of ownership is notified for a vehicle used as a taxi, which is also going to be used as a taxi in the future this should be noted on the notification. If the vehicle is no longer going to be used as a taxi, the taxi plates must be handed in to the Swedish Transport Agency. Bear in mind that a vehicle that is no longer to be used for a taxi service must have a registration inspection conducted within one month of the end of this use.

If the vehicle is to be used as another form of commercial transport this should be stated on the notification. You can make a notification of a change of ownership for a vehicle that is going to be used as commercial transport. However a notice of commercial transport use may not be notified but should be supplemented in writing after the change of ownership.

Change of ownership to and from a minor (under 18)

Change of ownership to a vehicle owner who is a minor

Children cannot be the sole, registered owner for a vehicle for which they do not have a driving permit or driver's licence. This does not apply to trailers that can be towed by a vehicle for which the minor has a driving permit or driver's license.

If the minor has a driving permit or a driver's license for the vehicle, no approval from the custodians is required and a notification of change of ownership is carried out as usual.

In all other cases the change of ownership to a minor should be approved by both custodians. The notification should also indicate which of the custodians should be responsible for traffic insurance, vehicle tax, road tollsparking fines and other vehicle fees concerning the vehicle. This information must be stated in the 'Other notifications' (Övrig anmälan) section on Part 2 of the registration certificate.

If there is no such approval, we request one before the change of ownership is registered. We will not register any change of ownership without this approval.

When the minor and the custodian have been registered, the custodian is responsible for and must sign notifications on the registration certificate. A change of custodian and the date of this change should be notified in the 'Other notifications' (Övrig anmälan) section on Part 2 of the registration certificate. The notification must be received by us within 10 days of the date stated.

When the child has attained the age of 18 or gets a driving permit or a driver's license for the vehicle, the custodian is automatically removed from the Swedish Road Traffic Registry. From this date, the child is obliged to pay for traffic insurance, tax and charges as well as any parking fines.

When the seller is a minor

If a seller, who is a minor, has a driving permit for the vehicle in question, no approval from the custodians is required.

In other cases where the seller is a minor there is one custodian who is registered as responsible. A notification of change of ownership should then be made on the registration certificate kept by the responsible custodian, and this person should approve the change of ownership with their signature. No additional approval is required in this case.

When the buyer is a person without a Swedish personal identity (ID) number

In order for a change of ownership to be registered, the new owner must have a Swedish personal identity (ID) number or a coordination number. If he or she does not have such a number, the Swedish Transport Agency can send a request for a coordination number to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). (You cannot request a coordination number yourself.) We will send this request for a coordination number when a notification of change of ownership is submitted to the Swedish Transport Agency.

Together with the change of ownership, you should attach a clear copy of all pages of a valid passport or national identity card. (National identity cards are issued only by certain countries within the EU/EEA and by Switzerland). Please note that an 'LMA card' is not a valid identity document. You should also provide details of your address in Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Agency must be able to determine the identity based on the documents submitted. If there is any uncertainty, we are not able to send a request for a coordination number.

Please note that when the vehicle is licensed for use, the new owner must have a valid traffic insurance which must be valid from the date of the change of ownership.

For further information, please contact our customer service for vehicle inquiries on +46 (0)771-14 15 16.

You may find out more about coordination numbers on the Swedish Tax Agency's website.

When the current owner is the estate of a deceased person

If you buy or sell a vehicle from the estate of a deceased person, the notification should be made on the (most recently issued) registration certificate of the vehicle. A part-owner of the estate, estate administrator or other representative of the estate must sign the notification.

To read more go to Notification of change of ownership using the registration certificate.

I am selling my car to a buyer abroad. How should I submit my notification?

A car that will be brought from Sweden permanently should be deregistered due to export. The seller should make the notification even if the buyer is bringing the car out of the country.

For further information go to export and temporary registration.