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Apply for a licence certificate for commercial road haulage

Description

Road haulage is the commercial or remunerated carriage of goods by motor vehicles which, including trailers, have a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tonnes.

Commercial road haulage is generally subject to authorisation. So-called own-account transport, i.e. road haulage for a company's own purposes, is not subject to authorisation under certain conditions.

If the vehicles are only in use throughout Germany, you need a permit for commercial road haulage (according to § 3 of the Road Haulage Act). For cross-border journeys within the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA)* and Switzerland, you need a Community licence (EU licence) and, if applicable, a driver attestation for nationals of a third country. Since 21.05.2022, companies have been subject to a licence requirement in the context of cross-border road haulage with vehicles/vehicle combinations with a maximum permissible mass of more than 2.5 t.

You can also use the Community licence for transports within Germany and the EEA states ("cabotage transport").

For commercial road haulage with countries outside the European Economic Area, you need bilateral permits or so-called CEMT permits in addition to the national permit for the German part of the route (permit for commercial road haulage or Community license) for route parts in third countries.

If you are driving in or through Switzerland as part of commercial road haulage, you need a valid Community licence.

The licence for the carriage of goods by road for hire or reward and the Community licence may be granted for a limited period of time, subject to conditions and/or obligations. The national licence and the Community licence are issued for a period of up to 10 years.

The permit is granted to an entrepreneur whose company is actually and permanently based in Germany if

  • the operator and the person appointed to manage the road haulage business (transport manager) are reliable,
  • the financial capacity of the company is ensured,
  • the operator or the person appointed to conduct the road haulage business is professionally qualified, and
  • the requirements for permanent establishment are met.

The company needs equity. The amount of capital is based on the number of vehicles intended for use. For the first vehicle, the entrepreneur needs equity capital in the amount of 9,000 euros, for each additional vehicle 5,000 euros. Companies that pursue the profession of road haulage operator exclusively with motor vehicles or combinations whose maximum permissible mass exceeds 2.5 t but not 3.5 t require 1,800 euros for the first vehicle and 900 euros for each additional vehicle used as equity capital to be proven. This also applies to the use of rental vehicles.

A person is professionally qualified if he or she has passed a specialist examination before a Chamber of Industry and Commerce. All statutory examinations previously recognised as equivalent will continue to be considered equivalent if they were started or completed before 4 December 2011.

Persons who have worked continuously (for at least ten years) in a road haulage undertaking in a managerial position in the period between 4 December 1999 and 4 December 2009 are also professionally qualified.

  • Documents for the applicant company:
    • Excerpt from the register of trade, partnerships, cooperatives or associations, provided that there is a corresponding entry
    • in the case of GbR companies: Excerpt from the GbR contract
    • Proof of the right of representation if a person other than the applicant has the professional competence
    • Proof of reliability:
      • Certificate of good conduct for the person authorised to represent the company (not older than three months)
      • Information from the Central Trade Register for the person authorised to represent the company (not older than three months)
      • Information from the driving aptitude register for the person authorised to represent the vehicle (not older than three months)
    • Proof of financial capacity:
      • Clearance certificate from the tax office (not older than three months)
      • Clearance certificate from the municipality (not older than three months)
      • Clearance certificate from the health insurance company (not older than three months)
      • Certificate of non-objection from the Employers' Liability Insurance Association for Transport, Postal Logistics, Telecommunications (BG Verkehr) (not older than three months)
      • Equity certificate to prove financial capacity in commercial road haulage (Annex 2 of the General Administrative Regulation on Road Haulage Law (GüKVwV)) and
      • if necessary, additional certificate to prove financial capacity in commercial road haulage (Annex 3 of the General Administrative Regulation on Road Haulage Law (GüKVwV)
    • Proof of professional aptitude:
      • Certificate of passing the IHK specialist examination or an equivalent recognised final examination or
      • Proof of at least 10 years of managerial activity in a road haulage company (the Chamber of Industry and Commerce responsible for you will check whether the requirements are met)
  • Documents for persons appointed to conduct road haulage operations (transport managers):
    • Proof of reliability:
      • Certificate of good conduct (not older than three months)
      • Information from the Central Trade Register (not older than three months)
      • Information from the driving aptitude register (not older than three months)
    • Proof of professional aptitude:
      • Certificate of passing the IHK specialist examination or an equivalent recognised final examination or
      • Proof of at least 10 years of managerial activity in a road haulage company (the Chamber of Industry and Commerce responsible for you will check whether the requirements are met)
    • Proof of financial capacity:
      • Clearance certificate from the health insurance company (not older than three months)
    • Proof of employment

National permit for commercial road haulage: 120.00 - 700.00 EUR

Community license: 120,00 - 700,00 EUR

Further costs are incurred for the information from the registers and for the preparation of other evidence.

Processing can take up to 3 months from the time the competent authority receives all the necessary documents.

Contact the public order office or road traffic office (district or independent city) that is responsible at the registered office of your company.

You must apply for the national road haulage permit or the Community licence (EU licence) from the transport authority responsible for your place of business.

The application form can be obtained from the responsible traffic authority. Depending on what the authority has to offer, online forms are also available.

Fill out the application completely and submit it with the required documents.

The competent transport authority shall give the following bodies the opportunity to comment:

  • the Federal Office of Logistics and Mobility,
  • the Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
  • the competent trade union and
  • the Association of the Transport Industry.

After the deadline for comments, the competent transport authority will decide on your application. You will receive a notification.

Own account transport as road haulage for the company's own purposes is exempt from authorisation under the following conditions:

  • the goods transported must be owned or sold, bought, rented, rented, manufactured, produced, extracted, processed or repaired by the company.
  • the transport must be for the delivery of the goods to the undertaking, their dispatch from the undertaking, their transfer within or for their own use outside the undertaking.
  • the motor vehicles used for transport must, in principle, be driven by the company's own personnel.
  • The transport may only constitute an ancillary activity within the framework of the entire activity of the company.

If own account transport as road haulage is exempt from authorisation for the company's own purposes, the entrepreneur who operates own account transport is obliged to register his company with the Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility before the start of the first transport.

The Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility is responsible for issuing the bilateral permit or a so-called CEMT permit for international commercial road haulage and removal traffic in the community of CEMT member states (over 30 countries in Europe).

Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Building and Transport

Ministry of Infrastructure and Digital Affairs of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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