Registration is an act whereby the Estonian Road Administration enters the details of a power-driven vehicle (including motorcycles, tractors, and mobile machinery) or its trailer, or a off-road vehicle, that is put into service in Estonia and complies with the requirements, and details of the persons related to it, into the traffic register. The registration of a vehicle is authenticated with a registration certificate or on the basis of the data of the traffic register.
Vehicles that are subject to registration are such that are used by a natural person permanently residing in Estonia or who has obtained a residence permit in Estonia or a legal person who is registered in Estonia. Also subject to registration are power-driven vehicles and trailers that have been in Estonia for more than one year and are used by a natural person permanently residing in a foreign state, or a legal or self-employed person registered in a foreign state.
In addition to vehicles, recreational crafts, vessels with a total length of under 12-metres and jets (hereinafter “watercraft”) are subject to being entered into the traffic register. The watercraft registration must be requested by the owner of the watercraft who is a natural person and a permanent resident of Estonia or a legal person who has obtained a residence permit in Estonia, and the home harbour of which is in Estonia. The registration requirement does not apply on watercrafts that have been entered into a relevant register of another country.
Prior to the registration, the vehicle and the watercraft are subject to go through a pre-registration inspection.