Having a Car
If you are driving a car in the Czech Republic, remember that you are obliged to follow Czech regulations. In this section, we will introduce practical tips for drivers, a highway sticker, a point system, registration of car, insurance and additional services regarding cars & driving.
- While driving, it is compulsory to have a driving license with you, to be completely sober (ZERO tolerance for alcohol and drugs), to have your seatbelts fastened and the headlights turned on. It is forbidden to manipulate manually with the phone while driving.
- POINT SYSTEM: In the Czech Republic, it is possible to lose the driving licence if you are breaking rules. There are fixed penalties which are applicable to foreigners too. For each violence of the rules you can get 2-7 penalty points. With 12 points the driving licence will be taken away from you (more information here).
- Mandatory equipment: a warning triangle, first aid kit, reflective jacket, heaver*, key for changing the tyres*, spare tyre*.
*Does not apply when you have a 24/7 assistance service that will provide the change of the tyres.
- During winter (1 November – 31 March): It is compulsory to use winter tyres on your car. There are some exceptions, but it is recommended to have them during that time equipped.
- BIKES: It is compulsory to wear a helmet until you are 18 years old, then it is only recommended; it is compulsory to have a light on when there are worse light conditions (night, mist, etc.). There is also ZERO alcohol tolerance for the cyclists, breaking this rule can lead to losing your car driving licence.
To use the highways, it is compulsory to have the “highway sticker” that you can buy at any gasoline shop. There are 3 types (for 10 days/1 month /1 year). Do not forget to fill in the registration number of your car. See a map of tolled sections. Since 2021, you can buy Electronic Vignette online.
|sticker type||year – R||moth – M||10 days – D|
|Fee||CZK 1,500||CZK 440||CZK 310|
All owners of imported vehicles from EU/non-EU* countries are required to register their vehicles with the local municipality if they intend to stay in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 185 days. This not applies if you are intending to leave the EU every 6 months.
*only if the car is less than 8 years old
Registration takes place in the Drivers agenda office (str. 30. dubna 635/35, Ostrava) in person. You will need:
- Czech residence permit (temporary/long-term/permanent). For more info check Residence permits
- Mandatory liability insurance (Povinné ručení)
- Proof of acquiring the vehicle (purchase contract, leasing contract, invoice)
- Original technical certificate from the country of origin of the vehicle, original check-out ticket and Certificate of conformity (if issued)
- Technical inspection with State Technical Control (STK) – technical control and measurement of emissions – protocols for an imported car consist of three documents (Technický protokol pro dovoz s přílohou, Protokol před schválením technické způsobilosti, Emisní protokol)
- Vehicles imported from outside the EU have to go through customs clearance first (check Custom Declaration agency Zelinka)
The registration form can be filled out at the office. You will pay administration fee CZK 800 + Ecological tax (vary from CZK 0 to CZK 10,000).
Cars imported from non-EU countries will also be charged CZK 1,500 if the imported vehicle has a European global approval certificate (CZK 2,000 if not).
Registration takes place in the Drivers agenda office (str. 30. dubna 635/35, Ostrava) in person. You need to bring:
- Czech residence permit (temporary/long-term/permanent). For more info check Residence permits.
- Vehicle “small and big” technical certificate
- Mandatory liability insurance (Povinné ručení)
- Registration inspection from an STK garage (evidenční kontrola)
- Power of attorney (with notarized signature) from the non-present part is needed, both the new and the original owner need to visit the registry
The registration form can be filled out at the office. You will pay administration fee CZK 800 and you can keep the original licence plate or ask for a new one.
In the Czech Republic, you are obliged to have your own liability insurance if you own a car. This will cover the expenses if you cause injury or damage to another person while driving your car. These include medical treatment or damage to public/private property.
Liability insurance sometimes includes assistance services, but it depends on individual contracts. Liability insurance does not cover our own damages or injuries, for this purpose, there is accident insurance.
The liability insurance is covered by regular payments and in case of an accident, the insurance company covers the damage or medical treatment to the injured person. The amount of the insurance depends on the technical parameters of the vehicle and the data provided by the insurance company.
The limit of the coverage is the highest amount that will be paid out by the insurance company in the event of more extensive damage. The minimum amount according to Czech law is CZK 35,000,000, although it is usually higher to cover the damages in mass traffic accidents.
Get your own car liability insurance:
This type of insurance is voluntary and covers your costs in the event of damage to your car or motorcycle. The insurance includes damage caused by an accident, natural elements, vandalism or theft of your car or its parts.
Accident insurance can be arranged for any vehicle suitable for driving, the price of insurance will depend on the type of the vehicle and other parameters specific to your vehicle. It is also important to check with your insurance company every year, as the price may decrease depending on the changing value of your car.
There are also so-called additional insurances, which you can get for extra fees, otherwise they are not part of the accident insurance itself. Those can be assistance services, glass insurance, or providing you with a car that will substitute yours at the time of repair.
- Auto Zuskarová
- Autopůjčovna Ostrava
- SIXT (Svinov train station)
- HoppyGo – peer-to-peer renting
- Hertz (Ostrava Airport)
- Green Motion (Ostrava Airport)
- Budget (Ostrava Airport)
Car parts and accessories
- Šafarčík (Cleaning services and car cosmetics Ostrava)
- Myčka v centru (car wash)
- And many more self-service car washes
Car bazaars (used cars)