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Vehicle registration tax

The vehicle registration tax (Dutch: belasting op inverkeerstelling/BIV) is a one-time tax every owner of a new or second-hand vehicle must pay when the vehicle is first used on public roads in Belgium. In the Flemish Region, the BIV is collected by the Flemish Tax Service (Dutch: Vlaamse Belastingdienst).


The vehicle registration tax must be paid for passenger cars, dual purpose cars, minibuses, motorcycles (more than 50 cc), boats and aircraft (in Dutch), that are registered in Belgium.


Once you have registered your vehicle for the first time at the Vehicle Registration Service (Dutch: Dienst voor Inschrijving van Voertuigen/DIV) (in Dutch)(opens in new window), you will automatically receive a tax sheet from the Flemish Tax Service. After receiving it, you have two month to pay the BIV.


You can calculate the amount of the BIV through the online simulator (in Dutch)(opens in new window) or the online application. The amount provided by the application is indicative and may differ from the official amount.

For non-leased vehicles (in Dutch), the amount of the BIV is based on:

  • the environmental impact of the vehicle (CO2 emissions, fine dust emissions, fuel type, euro emission standard, presence of a soot filter)
  • the age of the vehicle based on when it was first registered.

For leased vehicles (in Dutch), the amount of the BIV is based on the engine power, expressed in taxable horsepower (hp) or kilowatt (kW).


In the following cases, BIV is not applicable and has not to be paid:

For certain types of vehicles you can request a BIV exemption:

If you think you are eligible for an exemption, contact the Flemish Tax Service (in Dutch).