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  • An application for registration must be submitted to the registration authority. The application can also be made by a representative (e.g. car dealer) with a written power of attorney.
  • If a desired license plate is desired, reservation, even before the new registration can be made in person, in writing or by telephone and as an online service via the Internet.
  • The registration authority may require the vehicle to be presented for identification purposes.
  • The insurance company is automatically informed by the registration authority about the allocation of the license plate.

Appointments can be reserved online at any time via or by telephone Mon-Fri from 07:00-18:00 on the following telephone numbers:

Vehicle Registration Authority: (0421) 361-88668 or (0421) 115.

Citizens Service Center-North: (0421) 361-88644 or (0421) 115

License plates can be produced during the registration process. Private providers have set up near the registration authorities for this purpose. The cost of the plates is not included in the fees. The license plates are stamped by the registration authority, i.e. they are provided with stickers for the main inspection and the registration district.

Legal bases

More information

  • Paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV) regulate which vehicles are subject to mandatory registration.
  • An amendment to the Vehicle Tax Act came into force on July 1, 2010. The following changes apply to registrations from July 1, 2010:
    - When registering a vehicle, a SEPA direct debit mandate is required to collect the vehicle tax. A SEPA direct debit mandate issued for the first taxation is also valid for subsequent years.
  • Vehicle tax exemption or reduction as a result of severe disability:
    Severely disabled persons with the mark "H", "BI" or "aG" in their severely disabled ID card continue to be exempt from vehicle tax. Based on the proof in their ID card, they do not have to submit a direct debit authorization.
    Further information is available from the main customs office in Bremen.
  • Electronic confirmation of insurance (eVB):
    You can obtain the confirmation of insurance regarding the motor vehicle liability insurance from the insurance company of your choice. In most cases, you can request the insurance confirmation from your insurance company by telephone.
    Since March 1, 2008, the insurer can give you an insurance confirmation with a 7-digit alphanumeric VB number, which the registration authority uses to retrieve the insurance data electronically from the central database of the German Insurance Association.