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Re-registration without change of owner


The re-registration must be applied for by submitting the necessary documents. The application can also be submitted by a representative (e.g. car dealer) with a written power of attorney.

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.

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

If necessary, new license plates can be made during the registration process. Private providers have set up shop 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 general inspection and the registration district.

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Re-registration on the last registration number shown in the vehicle documents is only possible if the reservation of the registration number was requested when the vehicle was immobilized.

On July 1, 2010, an amendment to the Vehicle Tax Act came into force. For registrations from 1.7.2010 the following changes apply: .

  • When registering a vehicle, a SEPA direct debit mandate for the collection of the vehicle tax is required for. A SEPA direct debit mandate issued for the first taxation is also valid for subsequent years.
  • Vehicle tax exemption or reduction due to 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.
Power of attorney
A power of attorney should expediently include that the authorized representative is authorized to clear any fee arrears and/or vehicle tax arrears .