The abbreviation "CoC", known throughout Europe, stands for "Certificate of Conformity' and comes from English usage. Looked at more closely, it is actually nothing more than an EEC declaration of conformity that has existed since 2005 and replaces the classic vehicle registration document or vehicle registration document. Due to the CoC papers, there are now EU-wide uniform guidelines for vehicle documents. With the introduction of the CoC papers, the EU met numerous demands, primarily from the car industry and car dealers, who advocated standardization of the vehicle documents within the internal market, which has existed since 1993, in order to facilitate trade in vehicles. Since 2005, the papers have primarily been used in two cases: on the one hand when vehicles are imported into Germany from abroad and on the other hand when vehicles are sold from Germany abroad. The CoC papers and the resulting EU-wide guidelines make buying and selling vehicles much easier.
CoC papers for detailed information
The CoC papers provide both the vehicle owner and the potential vehicle buyer with detailed information on all of the vehicle's technically relevant data. At the same time, the CoC papers also contain additional information regarding the applicable directives and regulations and are decisive for the registration of the vehicle in the EU. In addition, the CoC papers should also contain a pollutant classification, which appears in the form of a two-digit key number and serves as the basis for calculating vehicle tax.
Every new car has had CoC papers since 2015
Since 2015, the CoC papers must be automatically included with every new car due to an EU order. In principle, the papers can also be applied for retrospectively, but in this case the vehicle manufacturer has to pay a slightly higher fee. Alternatively, a full TÜV certificate can be commissioned, which in some cases can even be significantly cheaper.
Why CoC papers for approval?
Since a vehicle imported to Germany from another EU country is handled differently from the vehicle than a vehicle purchased in Germany, valid CoC papers are essential in addition to the type approval. The vehicle is only registered in Germany with valid CoC paper and the vehicle owner also receives a registration certificate from the registration office (Part II), which corresponds to the former vehicle registration document.
But in which cases can the CoC papers for a vehicle be applied for after the fact? CoC papers can only be applied for retrospectively for vehicles that have a valid EU type certificate. For older vehicles without an EU type certificate, as well as for vehicles that were not intended for the EU, these papers cannot be purchased retrospectively. The subsequent purchase of the CoC papers runs exclusively through the respective vehicle manufacturer.
summarizing the most important information:
- CoC papers (Certificate of Conformity) are also known as EC Certificate of Conformity or EEC Certificate of Conformity and are forgery-proof (special paper is used for printing)
- important when registering imported vehicles
- they prove that a vehicle complies with the legal requirements of the EU
- for vehicles built before 1996, the documents can be ordered from the manufacturer (costs between 60 and 200 euros)
- Chain of Custody certificate proving that the vehicle is type approved by the European Union (confirms that the vehicle meets the statutory standards on environmental and safety regulations for the EU)
- CoC certificate includes the following data:
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
Type and make
- stroke volume
- emission behavior
- noise level
- CoC papers are usually given when the vehicle is handed over (they have been mandatory for new cars since 1996)
- there is no obligation to carry it in the car (it should even be avoided to carry the CoC papers in the car)
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