Owning a vehicle

Whether new or second-hand - here you can find out when you need to register, deregister or re-register a car, truck, boat or other means of transportation, what there is to consider with regards to licence plates and what subsidies are available for the purchase.

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Apply for motor vehicle registration for 100km/h for motor vehicles with trailers

You must apply for approval for a maximum speed of 100 km/h on freeways and motor roads for vehicles with trailers to the competent authority.

Apply for motor vehicle registration for new car from EU country

You must apply for the registration of a new vehicle from an EU country at the responsible office.

Apply for motor vehicle registration for new car from non-EU country

If you want to put a new car from a third country into operation in Germany, then you must apply for registration for the vehicle beforehand.

Apply for motor vehicle registration for public road traffic

If you want to use a vehicle subject to registration in public road traffic, this vehicle must be registered for this purpose by the competent authority.

Apply for motor vehicle registration for used cars from EU country

Registration of a vehicle that was already registered in the EU or EEA is possible upon application. Learn more here.

Apply for motor vehicle registration for used cars from non-EU country

If you wish to register a vehicle that has already been registered abroad (non-EU country) here in Germany, then you must submit a written application for this.

Apply for motor vehicle tax relief for severely disabled persons

If you are the owner of a motor vehicle as a severely disabled person, you can apply for a motor vehicle tax credit under certain conditions.

Apply for vehicle registration plates for electrically powered vehicles

To register an electrically powered vehicle, you must apply for an E license plate at your local vehicle registration office. There are advantages for vehicles with E license plates on the road.

Applying for a special permit for vehicles and vehicle combinations

Vehicles that do not comply with the construction and operating regulations of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations require a special permit to drive on public roads.

Applying for the issue of a registration certificate part I

If you want to use a vehicle on public roads, you must always carry the registration certificate part I (formerly vehicle registration document) with you.

Applying for the issue of a registration certificate part II

With the registration certificate part II (formerly vehicle registration document), you can prove that you are authorized to dispose of the vehicle in question.

Boats (rent) - boat certificate

Anyone wishing to rent recreational boats or personal watercraft for non-commercial use must have a boating certificate for each vessel.

Change vehicle data or owner data

If the vehicle data or owner data for your vehicle has changed, you must report this to your registration authority.

Have parking permit and parking facilitation for severely disabled persons renewed

If you are severely disabled and have a parking permit, then you can have it renewed.

Have sticker issued for electrically powered vehicles from abroad

If your electrically powered vehicle from abroad does not already have a marking, it requires an E-Plakette to participate in road traffic in Germany.

Inland navigation - Commercial navigation in Thuringia Apply for a permit

The operation of watercraft for the paid transportation of persons and property on Thuringian waters requires a permit in accordance with the Thuringian Ordinance on the Regulation of Shipping and Rafting (ThürSchiffFloßVO).

Inland navigation - Thuringia inland navigation license application

If you meet the requirements, then you can apply for an inland navigation license. Learn more about it here.

Motor vehicle deregistration

If you want to sell your vehicle or have it scrapped, or if you temporarily do not participate in traffic, for example a motorcycle during the winter months, it must or can be taken out of service.

Motor vehicle fine dust sticker obtained (green environmental sticker)

If you want to drive into an environmental zone, you need a fine dust sticker (environmental badge). You can get information here.

Motor vehicle license plate - apply for export license plate

For the export of an unregistered vehicle abroad, an appropriate license plate must be applied for. You can find information on this here.

Motor vehicle license plate - apply for red classic car license plate 07 (older than 30 years)

Vehicles that were first registered for traffic at least 30 years ago are considered "historic" (the date of the first registration is decisive). These vehicles may only be used...

Motor vehicle license plate - apply for red transfer license plate

If you are commercially active in the vehicle industry and require a red license plate, then you must apply for one at the appropriate office.

Motor vehicle license plate - apply for seasonal license plate

You must apply to the competent authority for the issuance of a seasonal license plate.

Motor vehicle license plate - Oldtimer license plate H license plate application for historic vehicles

Vehicles that were first registered for traffic at least 30 years ago are considered "historic" (the date of the first registration is decisive). These vehicles may only be used...

Motor vehicle license plates - apply for short-term license plates for test or transfer drives

You can apply for the short-term license plate as a private person or company for a vehicle that is in compliance with the regulations but not registered.

Motor vehicle license plates - exchange to Euro license plates

You can apply for changes to your existing car license plate at the relevant vehicle registration office.

Motor vehicle license plates - get information about types of license plates

Here you can get the information about which types of motor vehicle license plates are currently in use.

Motor vehicle re-registration after decommissioning

If you wish to re-register your decommissioned vehicle, then you must apply for this at the relevant office.

Motor vehicle registration - apply for registration certificate part II (vehicle title) replacement

If you lose the registration certificate part II (formerly: vehicle title), you must apply for a new one.

Motor vehicle registration - Applying for initial registration of a vehicle (new registration)

If you want to use a new vehicle on the road for the first time, you need an initial registration.

Motor vehicle registration - deregistration ex officio (information on compulsory deregistration)

If the compulsory immobilization of a motor vehicle is threatened, then the deficiencies notified by the competent authority must be rectified or the required evidence provided in order to avoid this.

Motor vehicle registration - deregistration for decommissioning

Here you will find information on deregistering your motor vehicle if you wish to take the vehicle out of service.

Motor vehicle registration - deregistration for decommissioning in the online procedure (motor vehicle decommissioning)

Here you will find information on decommissioning your motor vehicle using the online procedure.

Motor vehicle registration - deregistration in case of change of owner

The decommissioning of a vehicle can be done electronically under certain conditions.

Motor vehicle registration - re-registering a motor vehicle

If you move to another registration district, you must re-register your vehicle immediately and apply for a new license plate if necessary.

Motor vehicle registration - re-registration in case of change of owner

If you buy or take over a vehicle that is already registered, you must have it re-registered in your name immediately and, if necessary, apply for a new license plate.

Motor vehicle registration - registering a motor vehicle with a foreign license plate from an EU country for temporary participation in road traffic in Germany

If you want to use a vehicle in Germany that is registered in another EU or EEA country, you may do so for up to one year.

Motor vehicle registration - registering a motor vehicle with a foreign license plate number

If you want to buy a vehicle abroad or move to Germany with a vehicle registered to you abroad, you must apply for registration for this.

Motor vehicle registration - registering new or used motor vehicles

If you want to drive your new or used vehicle on public roads, you need a registration.

Motor vehicle registration - registering new vehicles (motor vehicle registration for the first time)

If you wish to have your brand-new vehicle registered (first registration), then you must submit an application to the registration authority. The registration is done by assigning a license plate and issuing a registration certificate.

Motor vehicle registration - report abandoned vehicles

If you notice a vehicle parked in a public traffic area without license plates or with license plates with seals removed, you can report this to the responsible regulatory authority.

Motor vehicle registration - report loss of or damage to the registration certificate (Part 1) and apply for replacement

In the event of loss or damage to the registration certificate Part I or II (formerly: vehicle registration document/vehicle title), you must apply for a new one.

Motor vehicle registration - report the sale of a motor vehicle

If there is a change in the person of the keeper (e.g. due to the sale of the vehicle), you must notify the relevant registration authority immediately for the purpose of changing the vehicle register.

Motor vehicle registration - trailer registration application

If you want to carry a trailer on your motor vehicle in public road traffic, you need a permit for it. You must apply for this.

Motor vehicle registration certificate technical change report

You must report technical changes to your vehicle to the responsible office so that the changes can be noted in the registration certificates.

Motor vehicle: environmental bonus (scrapping bonus)

Up to now, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has used funds from the Economic Stimulus Package II to grant a so-called environmental bonus (scrapping bonu...

Obtain information from the Central Vehicle Register

If there is a need to pursue legal claims on traffic-related grounds, information on the holder can be obtained from the vehicle register.

Parking facilitation Permit for doctors received

Issuance of a waiver is required for physicians participating in emergency services and / or home visiting services.

Parking facilities for severely disabled people - marking preserved

Parking facilities marked for severely disabled people can be established near the place of residence on public road land and near the place of work.

Parking facilities for severely disabled people - person-related parking space preserved

Holders of an EU parking permit may be provided with a personal parking space near their residence on public road land and near their place of work.

Parking permit - apply for reissuance of resident parking permit due to loss or damage (replacement).

If lost or damaged, you must reapply for your resident parking permit.

Parking permit - have resident parking permit renewed

You can have your resident parking permit extended upon application.

Parking permit - Resident parking permit application

If you wish to obtain a resident parking permit, then you must apply for it at the appropriate authority.

Parking permit and parking facilitation for severely disabled persons received

As a severely disabled person, you can receive a parking permit and parking facilitations under certain conditions. You must apply for these.

Paying vehicle tax

As soon as your vehicle has been registered, you generally have to pay vehicle tax. The amount you have to pay depends on the technical assessment basis of your vehicle.

Receive motor vehicle certificate of destruction

If you want to dispose of your old car, then you need a certificate of disposal from the disposal center.

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

To obtain a green license plate for certain vehicles exempt from vehicle tax, you must apply to the competent authority.

Vehicle license plate - Apply for a license plate

For some years now, it has been possible to obtain a personalized license plate for all vehicles requiring a license plate. Many registration offices now offer online registratio...

Vehicle license plate replacement request

If your license plate is lost or damaged, you must apply for a new one.

Vehicle registration - applying for the deregistration of a vehicle

If you wish to deregister your vehicle, you must have it taken out of service at the relevant vehicle registration authority.

Vehicle registration - exemption for Ukrainian vehicles

If your vehicle does not meet the legal requirements and therefore cannot be registered, you can obtain an exemption under certain conditions.

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