There are both car and road tax in Bulgaria for your car – one is an annual tax you pay at the local municipality building (council offices) and one is something called a Vignette (Vinetka in Bulgarian)
The Vignetka is bought over the counter at a variety of offices and post offices – you have to give your registration number and will receive a sticker that needs to be put on the right hand side of your windscreen.
There is also a bar-code that is on the same piece of plastic as your full sticker that you must keep and your receipt too…. I don’t know why you need to keep the receipt and many people simply throw them away as they don’t know they should be kept…… But it is one of the requirements that you keep both the barcode and the receipt.
If you have a car and you drive it only in a rural village then you don’t actually need a Vignette but as soon as you leave the village or hit main roads you do, so unless you have no intention of ever driving any further than your village borderlines, please do make sure that you have your Vignette each year.
For the police it is quite easy to see if someone has an up to date Vignette as they change colour each year and are pretty visible from a distance ………
You also need a vignette if you are driving a foreign registered car in Bulgaria – so you will need to remember to buy one before entering the country if you are coming on holiday or travelling through Bulgaria (yes even if you have paid your car tax in another country!)
One of the most difficult things about your annual road tax sticker, is getting the old one off! They are incredibly well stuck to the windscreen and you will need to be armed with a good glass scraper or similar and some vinegar, rakia (local Bulgarian spirits) or similar as first you need to scrape away the old one (a little will peel but there will be a lot of residue) and then you will want to get rid of the residue …
Sometimes you will see cars that look like they have a mosaic design on their windscreen as many just add a new Vignette in a spare space rather than trying to scrape the old one off.
One tip that was shared in the Living In Bulgaria Facebook group was to dab your sticker on your trousers before attaching it to the windscreen, to make it more easily removable next year …..
Annual Car Tax:
Your annual car tax payable at the local Municipality offices is important to remember too (along with annual House taxes) – as long as you have registered your car ere in Bulgaria with your local KAT offices (I will write another blog about that and how it works), the information will be already held on the computer database where you live, so you just need to pop into the offices and pay it between January and March ……….
Some offices will send you a letter/bill for our annual taxes, others wont so do make sure you check yourself…..
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