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Applying for the re-registration of a vehicle to another owner (transfer)


If you want to buy or take over a vehicle that is still registered to another owner, it must be re-registered in your name. Throughout Germany, you have the option of retaining the previous license plates on the vehicle.

You must re-register your already registered vehicle immediately at the local registration office in whose district you have your:

  • Main residence,
  • place of business or
  • your branch office.

If you do not wish to make use of the license plate transfer, you still have the option of applying for a new license plate. There is an additional charge for a special license plate.

If your vehicle has a fine dust sticker, this may become invalid due to new license plates. If you want to drive in low emission zones and do not have a special permit, you should also apply for a new fine dust sticker when re-registering.

Note: Vehicles can be registered to private individuals and legal entities or companies as vehicle owners, i.e. also to:

  • Companies,
  • authorities or
  • associations.
  • You must not have motor vehicle tax debts of EUR 5 or more. Late payment penalties, interest and late payment penalties are also taken into account when calculating the amount.

Note: If someone is to represent you when registering your vehicle, you must give this person written power of attorney. This power of attorney must also contain your consent that the registration authority may inform the authorized person of any fees and expenses you have in arrears.

  • Valid identity card or passport with your last confirmation of registration
  • Registration certificate part I or old vehicle registration document
  • Registration certificate part II or old vehicle registration document
  • Electronic insurance confirmation number (eVB number)
  • Test report on the last general inspection, e.g. TÜV, DEKRA, GTÜ, KÜS, GTS, FSP

Please note: As a rule, you must submit additional documents. The documents required for re-registration with change of owner vary depending on the federal state. Please ask your local registration authority about this.

This varies depending on the scope of the registration process (for example, additional costs are incurred for special license plates).

Re-registering your vehicle: Immediately

Generally none

You can apply for a change of registration at the registration authority responsible for your main place of residence in your district or city.

Forms: can be obtained from your local licensing authority

Online procedure possible: yes, via the online portal of the local licensing authority

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

You can apply for re-registration (in the event of a change of owner) online or in person at your local registration authority.

Applying in person:

  • Find out from your local registration authority whether a form is available for download. Ask which documents you need for the procedure.
  • Go to your local registration authority with the completed form and the required documents.
  • If you would like to keep the existing license plate on your vehicle, you can do so nationwide. If you do not wish to make use of the license plate transfer, you can continue to apply for a preferred license plate.
    • Tip: If you need new license plates, you can contact private providers. You will usually find these near the registration authority
  • When a new license plate is issued, the registration authority will affix the sticker (main inspection and new stamp sticker) to your new license plate.
  • If your vehicle has a fine dust sticker, it will become invalid due to the new license plates. If you want to drive in environmental zones and do not have a special permit, you should also apply for a new fine dust sticker when you re-register.

Online procedure:

  • Go to the online portal of your local registration authority.
  • Identify yourself there with your new electronic ID card (nPA) or electronic residence permit (eAT) with activated online ID function.
  • Enter the necessary data in the application mask of the portal.
  • Pay the fees using the e-payment system (payment methods vary depending on the responsible registration authority).
  • If previous license plates are retained:
    • The application is automatically checked in real time.
    • The registration certificate is immediately made available online and can be retrieved within 30 minutes.
    • Your vehicle is re-registered when you retrieve the registration certificate. You can put it into operation.
    • Print out the registration certificate and keep it in your vehicle until you receive the registration certificate Part I.
    • You will receive the registration certificate part I and II as well as an information letter from your registration authority by post.
  • If you are applying for new license plates:
    • The application will be checked by a clerk.
    • You will receive the registration certificate, the fee notice, the registration certificate parts I and II, the stamp stickers and the sticker for the main inspection (HU) to be affixed to the license plate by post from the registration authority.
    • Your vehicle is then re-registered. Once you have received the registration documents, you can put the vehicle into operation.

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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