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Because of the current situation, please see the Information on the Citizen's Office home page.

Vehicles are considered "historic" if they were first registered at least 30 years ago. The date of first registration is decisive.

These vehicles must primarily serve the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of motor vehicle technology. Historical vehicles carry an "H" ("H-plate") in the last position in the registration number.

A combination of H license plate and seasonal license plate is possible since 01.10.2017.


  • first registered at least 30 years ago
  • Assessment by an officially recognised expert of a technical inspection body or a test engineer of an officially recognised monitoring organisation
  • as far as possible in the original condition and in good condition of the vehicle
  • no outstanding fees and expenses from previous admission procedures.
    In case of payment arrears, the registration authority may not register the vehicle until these have been settled.
  • no vehicle tax arrears (including additional tax payments such as interest, late payment surcharges).
    The vehicle tax accounts are checked by the registration office as part of the processing of the registration application. In the case of tax arrears, the registration office may not register the vehicle until these have been paid.
  • Written direct debit authorization for the collection of the vehicle tax

What documents do I need?

  • valid identity card or passport of the applicant vehicle owner
  • in case of representation with written power of attorney

    additionally: identity card or passport of the authorised representative

  • if registered to companies

    in addition:
    - business registration and, if available, extract from the commercial register (also as a copy)
    - power of attorney, if the person entitled to dispose of the property does not personally submit the application on site

  • Registration certificate part I (formerly: vehicle registration document)
  • Registration certificate part II (formerly: vehicle registration document)

    If the ZB II is in the possession of a third party, it must be sent to the licensing authority. Only when the document is available to the authority can the change be made.

    After completion, the document is returned to the sender.

  • License plates

    for registered vehicles

  • electronic insurance confirmation (eVB)
  • Direct debit authorisation for motor vehicle tax (SEPA Direct Debit Mandate)
  • Expert opinion according to § 23 StVZO

    Expert opinion for the classification of a vehicle as a classic car

  • Vehicles for which no type approval is available

    - full expert opinion according to § 21 StVZO

  • for vehicles withdrawn from service before 1 October 2005: certificate of immobilisation instead of vehicle registration document