The Legal Board Documents
Every driver must be able to present the green card (proof of C.R. insurance), the rose card (registration certificate) as well as the car inspection certificate for cars over four years old. On the other hand, it is not compulsory to have the certificate of conformity aboard.
The Certificate of Conformity
It is a document imposed by the R.D. of 15/06/1968 and issued by the importer of the make (commissioned by the constructor). It proves that the vehicle is in accordance with the technical regulations in force on the Belgian territory. The certificate of conformity comprises a European approval number: the reference number, issued by the Ministry of Transport and delivered by the constructor.
Yes, since the first of July 1998, there is a European certificate of conformity that wants to unify the information. It is valid in most member states of the European Union and makes the resale to a buyer abroad a lot easier.
No, but it is indispensable for the technical inspection.
Certificates of conformity issued before July 1998 have to comprise at least the reference number (type, number and date), the make, model and type of the vehicle as well as the chassis number.
To obtain a duplicate in case of loss or theft, you have to turn directly to the importer of the make and communicate him the chassis number, type, date of first registration and capacity.
The Car Inspection Certificate
It is the vignette to stick on the registration form of a used vehicle on behalf of the new owner.
The car inspection certificate can be obtained by visiting an authorised car inspection station. This visit has to occur when having the time of selling the car in view.
It is granted if the vehicle meets the legal technical standards fixed by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
It is valid for two months, between the date of issue and the date of registration with the D.I.V. If this period is not respected, the vehicle has to be re-presented to the technical inspection.
The Registration Certificate
The registration certificate - or pink card - is an official document issued by the Ministry of Communications and Infrastructure via the D.I.V. (direction for the registration of vehicles). It contains the number plate, but also the owner's address, the make and type of the vehicle and other details like cubic capacity, rated horsepower, chassis number, reference number (see below the Certificate of Conformity), fuel type, date of first circulation…
It is issued by the D.I.V. on the basis of an application form, "rose form", sent in by the dealer in case of a new vehicle and by the car inspection station, the D.I.V. or the insurance company that provides the third party indemnity insurance, in case of a used vehicle.
In case of loss or theft, a duplicate of the registration certificate will be issued on the basis of a new application form accompanied by an insurance vignette that provides the third party indemnity insurance, and by a theft or loss claim. In this case, 25 € in tax stamps is needed.
It is advisable to show the registration certificate to the local authorities or the local Police Department within 15 days after the address change. The new address will be noted down on the document and the local authorities, in their turn, will inform the D.I.V.
More information available on the site of the Ministry of Communication and Infrastructure
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This is an important question, because the purchase of a car and the costs related to using a vehicle represent the second largest household expense. A good way of making a choice is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Buyer's profession: are you buying a car for private use, for use in your own business, or as someone with a liberal profession?
- Financial and practical aspects: what is your overall budget in relation to the use of the car? How much is available for the down payment? What is the real interest rate? Which services do you want to enjoy?
- How much do you use your car: a little (fewer than 10,000 km a year), an average amount (about 15,000 km a year) or intensively (more than 30,000 km a year)?
- How long do you want to keep your car: for a long time or do you prefer to change cars regularly?
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