Apply for export license plate

Service Description

If a vehicle that is not registered in Germany is to be taken abroad permanently under its own power, an export license plate must be applied for from a vehicle registration authority.

The prerequisite for this is a valid general inspection and proof of existing motor vehicle liability insurance. The vehicle must be presented for an identity check. The export license is limited to a maximum of one year.

The expiration date is noted on the license plate and in the registration certificate Part I. The registration certificate must be carried on every journey.

special notes for kreisfreie Stadt Erfurt

Export license plates are license plates for the permanent transfer of a vehicle abroad.

The vehicle must be presented to the registration authority for the vehicle identification test . If the vehicle identification test is carried out by a testing organization, this certificate is not recognized here.

The export license plate can also be applied for by an authorized person.

Vehicle tax is due for the period of the export license plate. For this purpose, it is necessary to issue the SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of the motor vehicle tax. The SEPA direct debit mandate can also be issued with a foreign IBAN and BIC. Furthermore, the vehicle tax can be paid in cash at the main customs office in Erfurt (Flughafenstraße 4, 99092 Erfurt).

If required, an international vehicle registration document can be issued.

An export or export license plate cannot be issued if there are payment arrears for the vehicle tax or fees from the subject area of vehicle matters.


Please note that the closing time for export license plates is 30 minutes before the end of opening hours.

For technical and organizational reasons, export and export license plates cannot be processed on Saturdays.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Stadtverwaltung - Kfz-Angelegenheiten

Bürgermeister-Wagner-Straße 1
99084 Erfurt

99111 Erfurt
0361 655-7854
0361 655-7777
Opening times
Monday 09:00 - 12:30 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:30 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Friday 09:00 - 12:30
Transport connection
1, 3, 4, 5, 6


9, 51, 60

52, 61, 155, 234/235


Information Bürgeramt


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