Vehicle license plate - apply for a green license plate for a tax-exempt motor vehicle

Service Description

Certain vehicles that are exempt from motor vehicle tax pursuant to Sections 3 and 10 of the German Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG) have license plates with green lettering and a green border on a white background. These include, for example

  • Vehicles of certain non-profit organizations,
  • agricultural and forestry vehicles, and
  • certain trailers - exceptions to this are listed in Section 9 (2) of the German Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV).

The green license plate remains on the vehicle until it is taken out of service or re-registered in another registration district or until there is a change of owner. If the requirement for a green license plate is not met, a motor vehicle tax may be assessed by the main customs office. From this point on, the green license plate must be changed to black at the registration office.

special notes for District-free City Erfurt

Green license plates are for example the following types of motor vehicles

  • self-propelled machines and forklifts > 20 km/h
  • tractors (except for semi-trailer tractors) for which the tax exemption according to § 3 No. 7 KraftStG for vehicles used in agriculture and forestry is applied for
  • special motor vehicles used in rescue services or for transporting the sick. (Prerequisite is that the vehicles are externally recognizable as intended for these purposes)
  • Tractors and mobile homes with a permissible total weight of more than 3,500 kilograms, as long as they are used exclusively for the operation of a show business, and
  • Vehicles in combined transport

and the following types of trailers

  • Trailers for work machines
  • special trailers for transporting sports equipment, animals for sports purposes or rescue boats of the rescue service, if these trailers are used exclusively for such transports
  • trailers for which the tax concession for trailers according to § 10 paragraph 1 KraftStG is applied for
  • caravans, each with a permissible total weight of more than 3,500 kilograms, and pack trailers with a permissible total weight of more than 2,500 kilograms, as long as they are used exclusively for the show business
  • trailers in combined transport

to be allocated.

The corresponding application for tax exemption or tax reduction can only be submitted to the registration authority as part of the registration process. Otherwise, the application must be sent directly to the responsible main customs office Frankfurt (Oder), Sachgebiet B - Kraftfahrzeugsteuer, Postfach 1284, 15202 Frankfurt (Oder).

If an authorized representative is present, the application and the declaration on the application must be signed by the vehicle owner himself and submitted for registration.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Stadtverwaltung - Kfz-Angelegenheiten

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