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 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.

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 new or used vehicles

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

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 car 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 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 with 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.

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 registration of motor vehicle with foreign license plate

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.

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.

Deregister motor vehicle for decommissioning

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

Deregister motor vehicle in case of change of owner

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

Exchange motor vehicle license plate to Euro license plate (motor vehicle license plate change)

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

Motor vehicle Apply for change of a registration certificate part II

Changes to your personal data (except for changes to the address alone) and certain technical changes to the vehicle must be entered in the registration certificate Part II...

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 allocation - get information about license plate types

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

Motor vehicle license plate allocation Oldtimer license plate (allocation H license plate for historic vehicles) request

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 allocation insurance license plate

For operation on public roads, the following motor vehicles only require an operating license and an insurance license plate: Mopeds, such as mopeds and mopeds, that do...

Motor vehicle license plate allocation request desired 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...

Motor vehicle license plate allocation seasonal license plate application

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

Motor vehicle license plate short term license plate application

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 plate tax exempt / apply for allocation green license plate

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

Motor vehicle re-registration

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 certificate (Part 1) Register change of address

If your address has changed, then you must have it updated on the Part I registration certificate.

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 registration number red classic car registration number ("07" older than 30 years) Apply for allocation

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 to be re-registered after being taken out of service

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

Motor vehicle 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: 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...

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 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.

Parking permit for residents received

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

Pay vehicle tax

When you register your vehicle under traffic law, the obligation to pay motor vehicle tax begins for you. The amount you have to pay depends on the type of vehicle.

Re-registration of motor vehicle 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.

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.

Registering a motor vehicle for decommissioning in the online procedure (motor vehicle decommissioning)

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

Registering a new motor vehicle (first-time motor vehicle registration)

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...

Replace motor vehicle registration certificate part II (vehicle title) - submit application

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

Report abandoned motor vehicle

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...

Report motor vehicle loss or damage to 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.

Report motor vehicle sale

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...

Thuringia inland navigation license application

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

Vehicle 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 must be...

Vehicle license plate replacement request

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

Vehicle registration plate Apply for red vehicle registration plate (red transfer 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.

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